Kia Recalls Soul, Sorento
In a notification posted on the NHTSA website, the South Korean manufacturer announces the recall of 35,185 Soul and Sorento models who may experience faulty wiring. All vehicles being recalled are model year 2010 or 2011, manufactured in between September 2009 and July this year.
According to the carmaker, the problem is caused by wiring harnesses supplied by JCI and used mostly for interior lighting: in the Soul for the front speakers and in the Sorento for the interior accent illumination.
You might think this is not such a big issue, but because we are talking about electrical wires, there's always a risk. Because the harnesses in question are improperly soldered, a spark may result, which in turn may lead to a fire.
The recall is expected to begin this month, with the local Kia dealers getting ready to get the cars in for repairs. As usual in a recall, fixing the problem will come at no cost for the owner. The fix chosen by Kia is the replacement of the wiring harnesses.
autoevolution has tested the Kia Soul a while back and found it to be, let's say, surprising. The car achieved quite a good score, considering its strange shape. As for what the faulty wiring in the Soul is doing, it is used to illuminate the exterior of the front door speakers in the beat of the music.