342,000 cars are potentially affected by the issue.

Kia's American division has issued a recall to fix 342,000 examples of the Soul potentially fitted with defective steering components. The campaign is a follow-up to an earlier recall. Gasoline- and battery-powered variants of the Soul built between 2013 and 2015 are affected by the campaign. A bulletin published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains Kia needs to check whether repairs linked to a recall issued in 2015 were performed properly.

The steering system's pinion plug might have been improperly secured, which could cause the pinion gear to separate from the steering assembly, rendering the car impossible to steer. Kia hasn't specified if any accidents or injuries are linked to the defect.

Kia technicians will inspect each car's steering system. They'll either tighten the plug or replace the entire steering gear assembly. The bulletin notes a clunking noise coming from the steering rack while turning is a symptom of a loose plug.

About one percent of the 342,000 cars covered by the recall will need to be fixed, according to Kia. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail, and the recall is scheduled to kick off next month.