FLH said: "If y'all wish, go ahead and blame me for taking the chicken way out. Without telling anyone at Kia, I just trader her off."
The only issue I take with that is that some poor soul is eventually going to be a$$ed-out and it Ain't gonna be the dealership!
Ethically speaking he should have done the recall because it was free to him, and then trade it in.This is in the category of "Buyer Beware" or "Caveat Emptor".
The guy that buys the car doesn't have the same warranty (or none at all, if the car had more than 50k miles on odometer).
Besides the fact that's bad for the buyer (unethical), is also bad for Soul brand (getting a car with the engine blowing shortly) and, in the long term, affecting even the resale value of his 2020 Soul.
Toyota build a brad because it's customer base didn't trow their problems to someone else. Takes time and personal responsibility.