Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Look past the horrible hamster advertising campaign and you'll find a vehicle that is comfortable to drive, roomy and reliable. Just don't expect to set any MPG records on the highway (a side effect of driving a car shaped like a lunchbox).


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,517 miles

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2011 Kia Soul windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2011 Kia Soul Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 132013

Soul 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


My husband went out to our 2011 Kia Soul and opened the driver door and got something out of the car and closed the door normally, no force was involved. When he did the rear hatchback window shattered all the way across crumbling and it blew a hole in the glass. We went to our local Kia dealership that we purchased the car from and it was a Saturday so only the sales staff was there. We were told to come back on Monday which was today and my husband attempted to get them to replace the window as a window shouldn't just shatter when you close one of the doors unless there is some type of defect. The dealership refused to replace the window so he followed up with the Kia customer satisfaction line as he was instructed and they also said it would not be covered we could file it with our insurance company. We have a deductible of $500 so we are out of pocket $320 for something that was clearly a manufacturing defect and they aren't standing behind their product. We did research online and there are similar stories to ours regarding Kia Soul windshields. The gentleman that helped my husband at the dealership said the exact thing happened with another customer's Kia Soul approximately 2 months ago and the same dealership refused to replace that windshield as well. This is not safe and we are nervous having our children in a car that the windows are going to spontaneously shatter in.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 032012

Soul 4-cyl

  • 26,450 miles
Got in car 7:30 am, when I closed driver door, heard glass falling. Rear hatch window was shattered into a million pieces. Car was parked under a carport, no indication found of anything that might have hit the window. Car is parked quite a distance from the street. Rear driver door window was open about 1", so no pressure buildup. No grass cutting in the area, temperature 70's - 80's.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #1

May 152011

Soul 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
2011 Kia Soul with less than 100 miles had pebble hit driver side door window and chipped it in several spots. At 6,000 miles, pebble hits windsheild that chips and cracks windsheild. Safetylite could not repair and crack is growing. Also, front and sides of car paint is chipping at an alarming rate. Paint chiping is a gross quality issue. However, the substandard glass is a really gross safety issue and can result in injury and or death. There appears to be a pattern of these defects and should be throughly investigated.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

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