Kia Motors America announced today that it will be issuing a recall of about 35,000 Sorento and Soul models due to a faulty wiring harness issue that could potentially cause fires. The bulk of the recalled vehicles includes about 23,972 2010 Soul compact crossovers equipped with a feature which illuminates speakers in the door panel, and 11,213 Sorento crossovers with the “˜Limited” trim package are also effected, as they possess the same feature.
The NHTSA has received four complaints of fires relevant to the recall issued, though no crashes were reported. Kia said that it was not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the issue, and advised that owners of equipped vehicles should turn off the illuminated speaker option to prevent damage until they can take the car to a dealer for repair.
Kia says that a limited number of wiring harnesses supplied by a company called Johnson Controls Inc. may have been improperly soldered, and that is suspected to be the root of the issue.
2011 Kia Sorento:
– By: Stephen Calogera
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