"The driver will hear a clunking noise from the steering rack while turning the steering wheel," the report says.
Kia is not aware of any injuries associated with the issue, according to a company statement. Kia estimated in the government documents that 1 percent of the vehicles in the recall could have the defect.
Kia said previous repairs, disclosed in November 2015, may not have been performed correctly. The pinion plug was supplied by Erae Automotive in South Korea.
Dealerships will secure the plug or replace the steering gear assembly if needed. The company will begin notifying customers by mail Nov. 16. Kia said it will reimburse customers who already paid for a repair.