2011 Kia Soul engine NHTSA complaints: Vehicle Speed Control

NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,700 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2011 Kia Soul Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012015


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Kia Soul. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle and shifting into reverse, the engine RPM's increased to 6000 and the vehicle suddenly accelerated in reverse. After shifting to neutral, the engine RPM's continued to increase before suddenly decreasing to normal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Clearmont, FL, USA

problem #2

May 022012


  • 10,100 miles
Speed control - the speed control did not disengage on numerous occaisions, when the brake was gently applied or tapped, speed control did not disengage and the speed actually increased. The vehicle is currently with the dealer. We were able to demonstrate replicate the problem with the service technician driving the vehicle. Horn - does not activate seems to occur when vehicle warmed up. Was able to demonstrate to dealer stability control light activates and does not turn off intermittently

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #1

May 202011

Soul 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Driving the vehicle down the road in good weather conditions when the brakes initiated for no reason and no gas seemed to be going to the throttle. The ESC light came on. I attempted to turn the traction control light off but there was still no change. The vehicle slowed down to about 5 miles an hour and stalled out a couple of times because lack of gas going to the vehicle. Fortunately I was in a congested area and was only traveling about 20 mph when this happened. Could have been extremely dangerous had I been on a highway.

- Pikeville, KY, USA

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