2010/2011 Kia Soul and Sorento models recalled for fire risk

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 3, 2010

A recall has been issued for Kia Motors America’s 2010 and 2011 Soul and Sorento vehicles due to defective wiring harnesses that could short and lead to a fire.

About 35,000 vehicles are involved in the recall. This includes 23,972 units of the 2010 Soul compact crossover that feature a special lighting system that has illuminated front speakers in the interior door panel.

This feature is also seen in the “Limited” options package of about 11,213 2011 Sorento crossovers.

To date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received four complaints of fires in the interior door panels of the 2010 Kia Soul while the vehicle is running. There have been no crashes and Kia asserted that it is unaware of any resulting accidents or injuries from this problem.

Owners of vehicles with the illuminated speaker option can turn off the feature to avoid damage before bringing the vehicles to dealers for repairs.

Kia said that a limited number of wiring harnesses provided by Johnson Controls Inc. may have been soldered improperly. In certain conditions, the harness could short out and could cause a fire. [via autonews - sub. required]

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