Kia Soul EV Recall: Unintended Movement Concern

Kia America, Inc. has recently announced a safety recall for their 2015-2019 Kia Soul EV models. These vehicles, manufactured between July 15, 2014, and September 28, 2018, may experience unintended movement. Specifically, when these vehicles are left powered ON without the manual engagement of the parking brake, they may sporadically move even if the gear shift lever is set to the “P” (Park) position.

This concerning defect is believed to be a result of an intermittent failure of the parking pawl to engage the parking gear. Kia believes the cause is damage to the parking mechanism within the GDU. Such unexpected vehicle movement amplifies the risk of potential accidents.

Key Points:

  • Recall Information:
    • NHTSA Recall No.: 23V-724
    • Manufacturer Recall No.: SC287
    • Recall Submission Date: OCT 26, 2023
  • Affected Vehicles:
    • Model: 2015-2019 Kia Soul EV
    • Total potentially involved: 6,262
    • Estimated defect percentage: 1%
  • Defect Description:
    • Vehicles may move unexpectedly when left powered ON without the manual engagement of the parking brake.
    • The issue arises from an intermittent failure of the parking pawl to engage with the parking gear.
  • Safety Concern:
    • Increased risk of crashes due to unintended vehicle movement.

Bottom Line:

Owners of the affected Kia Soul EV models should be aware of this significant safety concern. While there have been no warnings that can indicate this defect, the risk of unintended vehicle movement can be potentially dangerous. Kia America, Inc. recommends customers to seek further information about their specific vehicle either through Kia’s Consumer Assistance Center or their Kia dealer. Vehicle safety should always be a priority, and addressing such issues promptly ensures the well-being of both the vehicle‘s occupants and the general public.


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