Kia recalls nearly 52,000 Souls to fix steering

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Kia recalls nearly 52,000 Souls to fix steering
This undated photo made available by Kia shows the 2014 Kia Soul. (AP Photo/Kia)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: The new 2014 Kia Soul is displayed at the 2013 New York International Auto Show on March 27, 2013 in New York City. The New York Auto Show will open to the public on Friday and run until April 7. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY - May 30: The new Kia Soul EV is seen at the 2014 AMI Auto Show on May 30, 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. The show will be open to the public from May 31 through June 8 and features over 50 premieres. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY - May 30: The Kia Soul is seen at the 2014 AMI Auto Show on May 30, 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. The show will be open to the public from May 31 through June 8 and features over 50 premieres. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY - May 30: The Kia Soul is seen at the 2014 AMI Auto Show on May 30, 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. The show will be open to the public from May 31 through June 8 and features over 50 premieres. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)
Dancers are on hand to introduce the Kia Soul during a media conference at the New York International Auto show March 27, 2013 in New york. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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DETROIT (AP) - Kia is recalling nearly 52,000 Soul small SUVs to fix a problem that can cause steering failure.

The recall covers vehicles from the 2014 model year built from July 21, 2013, through Jan. 17, 2014.

The Korean automaker says a plug that secures a pinion gear to the steering assembly can loosen and cause the gear to separate. That can cause a driver to lose steering and increase the risk of a crash.

Kia says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that it has three warranty claims and no reports of crashes or injuries due to the problem.

Dealers will replace the plug and apply thread-locking adhesive at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to start this month.

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