Recall Roundup: Kia Recalls a Quarter of a Million 2014-2016 Soul, Soul EV SUVs
By Joseph Dobrian, November 16, 2015
During the past week, automakers issued safety recalls affecting a total of just over 280,000 vehicles. The largest recall comes from Kia, which cites 256,459 Soul and Soul EV vehicles from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and BMW also recalled vehicles: in BMW’s case, a single Rolls-Royce Ghost. Details for each vehicle recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling approximately 1,900 model-year 2016 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured September 26, 2015, to October 1, 2015. The front and rear seat belts and child seat tether anchors may have been damaged in shipping from the supplier to the vehicle assembly plant and may not adequately restrain the occupant in a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front and rear seat belt assemblies and the child seat tether anchors free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 14, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C13; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V707000.
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling 256,459 model-year 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles manufactured January 18, 2014, to September 30, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may have insufficient strength, and as a result, the pinion gear may separate from the steering gear assembly. If the pinion gear separates, loss of steering control will result.
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the pinion plug that secures the pinion gear. Dealers will also install a set bolt for additional reinforcement. These repairs will be performed free of charge to the vehicle owner. The recall is expected to begin on December 22, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC125; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V736000.
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling a total of 52 model-year 2016 GLE450 AMG 4Matic coupes and GLE63 AMG S 4Matic coupes manufactured December 10, 2014, to April 29, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with rear drive shaft bolt fasteners that may loosen and result in the rear drive shaft separating from the transmission or the rear axle differential. If the drive shaft separates, the vehicle will stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the bolt fasteners, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-November 2015. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V709000.
Porsche Cars North America (Porsche) is recalling 21,835 model-year 2015-2016 Macan S vehicles manufactured March 27, 2014, to October 27, 2015, and 2015-2016 Macan Turbo vehicles manufactured March 5, 2014, to October 27, 2015. The affected vehicles have a low-pressure fuel line in the engine compartment that may leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will install an improved low-pressure fuel line free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Porsche mailed an interim notification to owners on November 9, 2015 and will mail a second notice when parts are available. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AF06; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V717000.
BMW of North America (BMW), parent of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, is recalling one model-year 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost manufactured on January 23, 2014. The affected vehicle has thorax air bags fitted to both front seats that may fail to meet the side-impact performance requirements for the front-seat occupants. As such, this vehicle may fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 214: Side Impact Protection.
A Rolls-Royce dealer will replace the driver-side and passenger-side thorax air bag modules free of charge. The recall began October 22, 2015. The owner may contact Rolls-Royce at 1-877-877-3735, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V695000.