Kia recalls about 209,000 Soul SUVs to fix gas pedals that can bend or break

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Kia is recalling nearly 209,000 Soul small SUVs because the gas pedals can bend or break.

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The recall covers certain Soul and Soul electric vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

If the gas pedal bends or breaks, it can be hard to accelerate the SUVs, increasing the risk of a crash.

Kia Motors America says in documents filed with the government that an unsupported section of the pedal can bend if a driver stomps on it too hard when the vehicle isn't moving.

The problem was discovered through warranty claims. Kia says no crashes or injuries have been reported.

Dealers will add rubber supports beneath the pedal stopper at no cost to owners.

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The recall is expected to start on March 24.