Loss of power steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may increase the risk of a crash.
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the MDPS motor, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin April 7, 2017.
Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.
Kia's number for this recall is SC145.
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.