• Aug 16, 2010
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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has opened an investigation into a potential problem with the Kia Soul. According to the Los Angeles Times, the government safety watchdog is looking into an incident where the steering shaft in one vehicle separated from the steering wheel and then blocked the brake mechanism. The problem resulted in a total loss of control. It's unclear as to whether or not anyone was harmed in the incident from the LAT report. Typically, the federal government doesn't investigate single incidents, but in the case of the Soul, the problem presented itself on a fairly new vehicle and was so serious that NHTSA has elected to investigate. The hatch in question is a 2010 model and had just 4,300 miles on the clock when the problem occurred.

Kia hasn't commented on the situation other than saying that it is waiting for NHTSA's findings. The 2010 Kia Soul has been one of the Korean automaker's best-selling vehicles, with over 37,000 of the boxy econocars sold so far.



Photos by John Neff / Copyright ©2010 AOL
[Source: Los Angeles Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Scary. Props to NHTSA for deciding to investigate
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can get with this, or you can get with aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh! *crash*
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hahahahahahaha
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hahaha, nice visual.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for the hat tip.

      Another example of what happens when you engage in a race to the bottom when it comes to costs. Corners are cut, suppliers provide inferior parts, and turds get wrapped in pretty little bows.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "steering shaft in one vehicle separated from the steering wheel and then blocked the brake mechanism"

      Does this mean that the steering wheel came off??? And how does this affect the braking mechanism??

      Am I the only one not understanding this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        From the article:

        "Additionally, the driver said the decoupled steering shaft fell into a position that interfered with the ability to apply the brakes."
      • 4 Years Ago
      In Soviet Russia, car steers you!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously 37,000 people bought those? I think that is the ugliest car on the market today
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am with you Steve. I really like the looks of every other new Kia, but this one really doesn't do it for me at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would be one of those folks that purchased one.

        I've been fairly happy with the car so far. Though I have had to set up an appointment to look into a burnt wiring smell that I experience the other day. I'm pretty sure it's tied to the stereo system.

        As for not digging the looks...well to each their own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It reminds me of that Rat commercial Kia has, with "you can have this, or you can have that"... I guess the reliable appliances refered to as "that", would have been a wiser choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh-Oh looks like its time to sell your Soul.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmmm, hope they fix it soon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh-oh
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, but Hyundai/Kias are the best things on the planet!
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