Kia is recalling approximately 147,000 model-year 2021 Seltos subcompact SUVs and model-year 2020-21 Soul wagons due to issues with the 2.0-liter engine. The piston oil rings may not have been properly heat-treated which could damage the engine, causing a loss of power and increasing the risk of a crash. Also, oil could leak onto hot exhaust components, increasing the risk of a fire.

Kia will begin notifying owners on June 11. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

To resolve the issue, dealers will inspect and replace the engine, if necessary. Dealers will also install software to alert the driver of potential damage to the piston oil ring.

Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.