really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,000 miles

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2015 Kia Soul Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012016

Soul 4-cyl

  • miles


Current issues with my car, lurches forward, loses power when accelerating. Kia is refusing to fix, do to me living on remote island in Alaska. Case #'s of calls with Kia consumer assistance center: [xxx] recall information SA206 seat belt SC116 safety recall accelerator pedal SC117 logic update SC125 safety recall pinion plug options: Kia buys back the defective car Kia Soul VIN# [xxx] 2015 they sold me. Kia barges my defective car to Washington, and pays for my rental car until my Kia is fixed and returned. Kia sends tools to local all american auto repair, so they can fix this is not a game, my car has two major safety recalls, and two minor recalls having to do with software and seatbelt. I believe the Kia manufacturer is obligated to provide a free remedy, and keep me and my two children safe from injury or death. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ketchikan, AK, USA

problem #4

May 232016


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Kia Soul. While the vehicle was stationary in the reverse gear, the contact attempted to reverse but the vehicle accelerated forward and crashed into a tree. The contact attempted to depress the brake pedal, but the vehicle did not respond. The air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 15V736000 (steering). The vehicle was previously repaired for this recall prior to the crash. The failure mileage was approximately 18,000.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 152001

Soul 4-cyl

  • miles
Consumer checked the VIN against the recall website and it showed a recall on the accelerator pedal and the recall showed as incomplete. The consumer stated the vehicle was a rental. Updated 04/06/16

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 092015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2015 Kia Soul. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V123000 (vehicle speed control). The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer had not been notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 012015


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Kia Soul. While stopped at a traffic light, the vehicle would not accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The contact heard a loud noise and had to shut off and restart the vehicle in order for the loud noise to stop. The vehicle also failed to start properly. The failure recurred multiple times. The oil warning light and other lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing; however, the mechanic stated that they were unable to locate a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000....updated 01/05/17

- Bonneylake , WA, USA

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