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Kia Recalling 2010 Soul and 2011 Sorento for Electrical Issues

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Kia Recalling 2010 Soul and 2011 Sorento for Electrical Issues


The first recall of the month comes from Kia, which is recalling approximately 23,973 Soul subcompacts from the 2010MY and around 11,213 Sorento crossovers from the 2011MY, all built from September 7, 2009 through July 30, 2010, due to a potential fault with the vehicles' electrical system.

In a letter to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the South Korean automaker said a limited number of wiring harnesses supplied by JCI and used in the Soul's lighting speaker system, located in the front door trim panels, and the Sorento's interior accent illumination, placed in the front and rear door trim panels, may have been improperly soldered.

Even though there are no reports of accidents or injuries, the safety agency said under certain conditions, an electrical short may occur and result in a fire.

Company officials said dealers will replace the wiring harnesses for the lights on both vehicles, free of charge with the recall expected to begin later this month.



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By Mark Kleis

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South Korean automaker, Kia, has notified the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will be recalling 23,973 Soul subcompacts and 11,213 Sorento crossovers after identifying potentially faulty soldering in the electrical system.

In the communication sent to NHTSA by Kia, the automaker says that only vehicles produced between September 7, 2009, and July 30, 2010 are affected, and only the 2010 model year Soul and 2011 model year Sorento.

The specifics safety issue stems from a wiring harness – which Kia is quick to point out comes from a supplier known as JCI – that is used in the hip and cool speaker illumination ring that lights up around the speakers when music is playing. This hot feature was apparently hotter than expected, and due to a sloppy soldering job, a short can occur which could potentially lead to a vehicle fire.

To date, Kia believes there have been no injuries or deaths associated with the problem. The automaker will begin inspecting and replacing faulty harnesses this month.



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