"The adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering-gear assembly may have insufficient strength, and as a result, the pinion gear may separate from the steering-gear assembly," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If the pinion gear separates, there would be a loss of steering which could increase the risk of a crash."
There are no accidents or injuries linked to the recall, Kia told federal safety regulators.
The affected Souls were built from January 18, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Kia dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the pinion plug that secures the pinion gear. Dealers will also install a set bolt for additional reinforcement.
The recall is expected to begin on December 22. Owners can contact Kia customer service at 1-800-327-4236.
Edmunds says: Owners should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their Kia dealer. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.