Kia Buys Back 2022 Soul in California Lemon Law Case
Kia Soul is known for its weird boxy shape and silly hamster commercials, but some owners have serious concerns about brake failure.
Since its launch back in 2008, the Kia Soul is now in its third generation and is marketed as a subcompact crossover, but looks like a cross between a hatchback and a station wagon.
Owners of the 2022 Kia Soul paid at least $19,290 for the base model, but this affordable car has some issues that could make it a lemon.
The Kia Soul is popular among first-time car buyers and young people who appreciate its design and pricing.
Johnson Attorneys Group recently helped the owner of a 2022 Kia Soul whose car spent 112 days in the shop due to brake failure. Attorney James Johnson negotiated a buyback from Kia for our client.
Kia Soul has faced the highest number of complaints from as early as the vehicle’s second-generation model. The Kia Soul transmission problems were recorded in most numbers against its 2020 model while the 2021 model also had more than a couple of complaints regarding the same.
But it appears that some 2022 Kia Soul owners are experiencing some of the same problems as scores of 2020 and 2021 Soul owners. Other complaints and problems reported to the NHTSA about the Kia Soul include engine and transmission problems, electrical issues, and faulty air bags.
At this time, there have been no safety recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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2023 Kia Sportage Brake Issues
Kia has experienced problems involving brakes in their 2023 Kia Sportage SUV. The automaker issued a recall this year after 73 complaints between March 2022 and May 2023 from consumers about faulty power brakes to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Apparently, these Kia Sportage SUVs are equipped with brake booster diaphragms that become misaligned and cause internal vacuum leaks. If that happens, the SUV could lose its power brake assist feature and stopping distances would be extended. Consumers report the brake pedal was hard to press in cases where there was a brake failure. Fortunately, there were no reports of collisions or injuries from the problem.
Kia and Honda Theft Lawsuit
However, Hyundai and Kia recently agreed to settle a $200 million class-action lawsuit over vehicle theft issues. It covers Kia and Hyundai models from 2011 through 2022 with a traditional “insert-and-turn” steel key ignition system.
Recall 1.7 Million Vehicles 2010 to 2019
Recently, Kia issued a recall for 1,730,192 vehicles after discovering the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) could cause an electrical short. If this happens, there the short could spark an engine compartment fire, according to an NHTSA report.
Indeed, there is a serious risk of an injury from a fire such as this. The Kia vehicles subject to the recall are: 2010-2019 Kia Borrego, 2014-2016 Kia Cadenza, 2010-2013 Kia Forte, 2010-2013 Kia Forte Soup, 2015-2018 Kia K900, 2011-2015 Kia Optima, 2011-2013 Kia Optima Hybrid, 2012-2017 Kia Rio, 2010-2011 Kia Rondo, 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, 2011-2013 Kia Soul, and 2010-2013 Kia Sportage.
That’s why Kia representatives have asked owners to park their vehicles outside and away from any structures until repairs or replacements are made.
California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson 1-(877) 465-8161
Do you own a defective Kia Soul or another vehicle that experiences repeated problems or safety issues? If so, there doesn’t have to be a recall before you reach out to an experienced attorney and get help. California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson will review your case and let you know if it qualifies as a lemon.
We highly recommend that Kia owners with safety concerns or repeated breakdowns, obtain invoices for all repairs and recall visits from the dealership. These documents will support your potential case. Should the vehicle experience repeated issues or become a safety risk, these documents support the Lemon Law Claim. Contact us for a free case review at 1-(877) 465-8161 or read on for answers to frequently asked questions.
Published on Oct. 25, 2023
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