Recall Roundup: Brittle Accelerator Pedal Causes Kia to Recall More Than 208,000 Soul, Soul Electric Vehicles
By Jeff Youngs, March 16, 2015
During the past week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Honda Motor, and Kia Motors recalled a total of more than 212,000 vehicles, with more than 208,000 of those wearing Kia Soul badges. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2015 Chevrolet Cruze
General Motors (GM) is recalling 1,733 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured February 4, 2015, to February 9, 2015. The left-rear or right-rear parking brake cable brackets may not have been properly fastened during the assembly process. As a result, the fastening bolts may back out completely, causing the parking brake bracket to separate and the parking brake to not hold the vehicle in place. This could result in a vehicle rollaway and a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left-rear and right-rear parking brake bracket bolts, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15135; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V113000.
2015 Dodge Challenger
2015 Dodge Charger
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 1,673 model-year 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT and Dodge Charger SRT vehicles manufactured September 18, 2014, to February 5, 2015, and equipped with a 6.2-liter, supercharged, "Hellcat" Hemi V-8 engine. O-ring seal and fuel-rail crossover hose damage may result in the fuel-rail hose connection leaking fuel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source such as hot engine or exhaust components increases the risk of a vehicle fire.
FCA will notify owners and dealers will replace the engine fuel-rail injector crossover hose, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2015. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R07; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V114000.
2014-2015 Honda Accord
2015 Honda CR-V
Honda Motor (Honda) is recalling 137 model-year 2014 Accord vehicles equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and manufactured July 29, 2014, to July 31, 2014; 2015 Accord 4-cylinder vehicles manufactured August 14, 2014, to January 30, 2015; and 2015 CR-V vehicles manufactured September 9, 2014, to February 6, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been assembled with improperly torqued connecting rod bolts, which can cause the engine to lose power or leak oil. Loss of engine power may result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash. An oil leak in the proximity of hot engine or exhaust components also increases risk of a fire.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine short block free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 27, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JP2 (for Accord models) and JP3 (for CR-V models). Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V121000.
2014-2015 Kia Soul, Soul EV
Kia Motors (Kia) is recalling 208,858 model-year 2014-2015 Soul and Soul EV (electric vehicles) manufactured July 21, 2013, to January 8, 2015. A section of the accelerator pedal may bend and fracture, which could cause the driver to have difficulty accelerating the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
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; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V123000.