Kia Soul EV Recalled For Possible Fault With Steering Gear

NOV 16 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 21

Certain Kia Soul EVs manufactured from January 18, 2014, to September 30, 2015 are being recalled due to adhesive not being of suitable strength. The “adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may have insufficient strength, and as a result, the pinion gear may separate from the steering gear assembly.”

If the pinion gear did separate, total loss of steering would be the result.

More details on the recall posted below:

RECALL Subject : Steering Gear may Separate
Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V736000
Component(s): STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 256,459

Soul EV Recall

Soul EV Recall

Chronology of problem:

Soul Recall Chronology

Soul Recall Chronology

 

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Wow. Should have used Elmer’s.

Oops. I mean should not have used Elmer’s.

Just put some duct tape on it and it’ll hold together.

That’s not MacGyver’ing it.

Swiss Army Knife, in your pocket, to cut off a piece of cloth, from your clothing, and wrap around it.

No, better yet, cut off one of the plastic tubing or seat belt, and tie it.

You’re right. That’s not MacGyver’ing it; that’s MacGruber’ing it.

The RIGHT way to do it – now with BRAKES AND STEERING

http://www.cbs.com/shows/macgyver/video/1158817531/macgyver-no-brakes/

So, the next time this happens, I guess that you can do it in reverse; companion to ride recommended.

Oh, the memories…

That was so bad. I mean they are going 140 mph
with no brakes, and roll through the pop-up guard post around 25 mph.
Oh the continuity.

I had handlebars break off my bicycle once, but this wouldn’t end like Benny Hill.

I find it concerning they used glue on such a critical part.

Wait, what? They use >glue< for a critical steering connection? Is this a common thing?

It’s not what you think. It’s the threadlocker adhesive applied to a bolt’s threads to prevent a bolt from loosening as a result of vibration, spinning, movement, etc. It’s used in all engines, motors, transmission, transaxles, steering assemblies, etc.

From the Soul Recall Chronology above:

“October 12-21, 2015: KMC conducts inspection and analysis of KMA warranty return parts and concludes that a THREAD LOCKING ADHESIVE of insufficient bonding strength had been applied.”

I understand and thanks for the explanation. Still, I would have thought that a steering assembly would be fail-safe, because it is so critical.

Actually, no. Metal adhesives are commonly used, and they have been available for a long while. Henkel, for example, makes these adhesives worldwide.

These adhesives have better strength than bolts or rivets in many cases. The adhesives are also much lower cost and much lighter to be transported or used (for, say car). In fact, that’s how cars are able to reduce weight nowadays – using adhesives, rather than bolts.

No problem, because ist a compliance car only a few thousand cars :-). Or also the gasoline Soul ?

All 2014-2015 Souls are affected. About 260,000 of them, I’ve read.

It’s not what you think. It’s the threadlocker adhesive applied to a bolt’s threads to prevent a bolt from loosening as a result of vibration, spinning, movement, etc. It’s used in all engines, motors, transmission, transaxles, steering assemblies, etc.

From the Soul Recall Chronology above:

“October 12-21, 2015: KMC conducts inspection and analysis of KMA warranty return parts and concludes that a THREAD LOCKING ADHESIVE of insufficient bonding strength had been applied.”

Sounds like it should be ok once they retighten and re apply better thread lock adhesive… and then the real guarantee that it won’t happen again… they are adding a pin… probably through a newly drilled hole in shaft… so it physically can’t come off completely even if the adhesive fails again.

The good news for KIA here so far is that no one has lost vehicle control yet. That could easily be tragic.

Nice car otherwise… My wife and I drove and liked it before we bought another Nissan LEAF instead… KIA should be glad they caught this soon enough.

Apparently this is a problem that they have been having for years. At least 4 years or so, many complaints, little action.

Not a lot of confidence in a car that GLUES the steering together.

It is a Kia.

What do you expect?