Kia Motors is recalling a total of 1,243 EV6 and Niro EV models due to a potential defect in the drive shaft, leading to a risk of power loss. The impacted vehicles include the 2023 Kia EV6 and the 2023-2024 Kia Niro EV models.
According to a letter submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Kia identified a flaw in the drive shaft, where improper heat treatment may have occurred. This defect could result in the drive shaft breaking under pressure, causing a loss of power in the affected vehicles.
The recall was initiated following information received from Kia headquarters about an incident in Turkey earlier this month. Kia dealers will address the issue by replacing the faulty drive shafts with new units that have undergone proper heat treatment, and the replacement will be performed at no cost to the owners.
Despite no reported crashes or injuries related to this issue, Kia opted for a precautionary recall. Notifications to affected vehicle owners are scheduled to be sent out on March 9.
The recall impacts Niro EVs manufactured between June 27, 2023, and July 13, 2023, for the 2024 model year. The EV6 models affected were produced from January 26, 2023, through April 8, 2023. Kia has specified that 204 Niro EVs and 1,039 EV6 models are included in the recall.
Owners with inquiries can contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542, referencing the recall number SC295. Alternatively, they can reach out to the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit nhtsa.gov, with the NHTSA campaign number being 24V-057.