The recall was issued because of a possible fire threat with the optional and adjustable speaker lighting system. This optional speakers are said to be fitted to 27 Australian-sold Kia Souls and 1029 Kia Sportages.
The lighting system in question pulses and flashes in time and in beat with the music the occupants are playing through the car stereo. International reports say there could be a soldering problem which may spark and develop into a fire in worst-case scenarios. Kia says it is prepared and it will fit a redesigned wiring package for the speakers. Changes include a new wiring system and wiring harness.
Although the recall hasn’t quite reached Australia yet, Kia Australia spokesman, Kevin Hepworth, said in a recent Age report,
“There’s been absolutely no instance of any incidents or accidents. It’s basically a voluntary recall, and all owners will be contacted. We’re waiting on parts for it, and the recall will be issued early next week.”
This is the second minor fault marked against the otherwise clean-slate history the car has held. Last month, the Kia Soul in America was under concern of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration due to a possible steering issue. But that was only related to American vehicles.
Kia seems to be very thorough with its quality and is preparing to jump on top of any potential problems before they get out of hand.