Kit North America recalling Soul and Soul Electric Vehicles

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Kia is recalling all Soul (including Soul EVs) vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model year made prior to January 8, 2015.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the accelerator pedal on affected vehicles can break, which increases the chances of a crash.

A section of the accelerator pedal may bend and fracture. If the vehicle has a bent or broken accelerator pedal, the driver may have difficulty accelerating the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash”, says the NHTSA in its recall summary of the problem.

Here is the data from the NHTSA website

Report Receipt Date: MAR 02, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V123000
Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Potential Number of Units Affected: 208,858

Manufacturer: Kia Motors America
SUMMARY:

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Soul and Soul electric vehicles manufactured July 21, 2013, to January 8, 2015. A section of the accelerator pedal may bend and fracture.

CONSEQUENCE:

If the vehicle has a bent or broken accelerator pedal, the driver may have difficulty accelerating the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will add a supporting rubber underneath the pedal stopper, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 24, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC116.

NOTES:

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

According to a document on the NHTSA website, on October 23, 2014, “Regular Kia Motor America, Inc. (“KMA”) monitoring identifies accelerator pedal warranty claims which may indicate accelerator pedal fractures. No customer complaints to Consumer Assistance; no accidents or reports of loss of control identified.”

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