Photo of 2014 Kia Soul courtesy of Kia Motors.

Photo of 2014 Kia Soul courtesy of Kia Motors.

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling 51,641 2014 model-year Soul hatchbacks because of a potential steering problem arising from a manufacturing defect, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

The recall affects cars manufactured from July 21, 2013, through Jan. 17, 2014. The plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may loosen because thread-locking adhesive was improperly applied during the assembly process, NHTSA said. As a result, the pinion gear might separate from the steering gear assembly, causing a loss of steering.

To remedy the problem, Kia dealers will replace the pinion plug. There will be no charge for this service.

The recall is expected to get under way this month. Vehicle owners can reach Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC108.