The Korean manufacturer reports that the steering pinion gear may separate from the steering rack, which poses an accident hazard for the driver and other motorists.
A manufacturing fault is the cause of the defect. Kia says that the adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear during the manufacturing process was of insufficient strength.
Affected vehicles fall into the VIN range of KNAJXXXXXX7053338 to KNAJXXXXXX7802542, manufactured between the 18th of January 2014 to the 30th of September 2015.
Owners of the affected vehicles are urged to contact their local Kia dealership to schedule an appointment to have their steering rack inspected and repaired.
This is Kia’s second recall in less than a week after it issued a repair notice for the 2010 Cerato small car, over concerns that the automatic versions could develop a transmission fluid leak.
For more information, customers can contact Kia customer service at 131 542.