SC176 - Engine Control Unit (ECU) Logic - 2012-2016 Kia Soul

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V120
Manufacturer Kia Motors America
Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING, ENGINE
Potential Number of Units Affected 378,967

 

Overheated Catalytic Converter May Damage Engine

Piston damage may result in an engine stall, increasing the risk of crash. A broken connecting rod may puncture the engine block allowing engine oil to escape. The leaking oil may contact the exhaust, increasing the risk of a fire.

 

Summary

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2012-2016 Kia Soul vehicles equipped with 1.6L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines. High exhaust gas temperatures may damage the catalytic converter, possibly resulting in abnormal engine combustion and damage to one or more of the engine's pistons and possible piston connecting rod failure.

 

Remedy

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will upgrade the Catalytic Overheating Protection Engine Control Unit logic to prevent overheating of the catalytic converter. In addition, the catalytic converter will also be replaced if it has been damaged. Depending on the extent of any damage, the engine may also be replaced, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC176.

 

Notes

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.

 

Check if your Kia has a Recall


2012-2016 MY Soul Engine Control Unit (ECU) Logic Chronology
Basis of Safety Defect Determination 573.6(c)(6)

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2019/RMISC-19V120-6176.pdf

Download (PDF, 40KB)


Recall Acknowledgement

February 27, 2019

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2019/RCAK-19V120-4114.pdf

Download (PDF, 240KB)


Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=19V120&docType=RCL


 

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