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Kia recall: 147K Seltos, Souls recalled for improperly heat-treated piston oil rings

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2021 Kia Seltos (Photo by Jill Ciminillo)

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Soul, and 2021 Seltos vehicles equipped with 2.0L Nu MPI engines. For this Kia recall, the piston oil rings may not have been properly heat-treated, which may result in engine damage.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine, free of charge. In addition, Kia will deploy Piston Ring Noise Sensing System (PNSS) software. The recall is expected to begin June 11, 2021. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC209.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Currently this is the only recall on the 2021 Seltos as well as the 2020-2021 Soul.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V259000
Manufacturer Kia Motors America
Components ENGINE
Potential Number of Units Affected 147,249

Editor’s note: This information was copied directly from the NHTSA website. If you have questions or concerns about this Kia recall, please contact Kia Motors America directly.

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