Recall Alert: 2011 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai is recalling 139,500 Sonata sedans from the 2011 model year for a problem with the steering shaft, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On cars manufactured between Dec. 11, 2009, and Sept. 10, 2010, the steering column shaft universal joint may have been improperly assembled or not tightened enough. You can check your car’s manufacture date on a sticker on the driver’s side doorjamb.

The problem is significant enough that a complete separation could occur, leading to reduction or loss of steering. Dealers will inspect the cars, replace defective parts and update the steering software free of charge.

This is a significant recall for Hyundai. The automaker has been riding a wave of sales success spearheaded by the redesigned Sonata, which has been a top 10 best-seller for the past few months.

The recall is expected to begin in October but no specific date was given. For more information, owners can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.

By David Thomas | September 27, 2010 | Comments (4)


I have to admit that, yeah, recalls seem bad, but it's good to me to see that car companies are attempting to deal with these issues. Like you know, there are a lot of recalls going on at any given time, some draw more attention then others because of the dangers to drivers. But then that is the way it should be I guess.

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Hyundai states “The front interior door locks are designed so that when the interior door levers are pulled with the lock activated, it is automatically deactivated, allowing the door to open.” I was told this was a convenience feature, but I was not told that you could open the door while going 60 down the interstate. It is very scary and is a safety issue for me. Anyone else have an issue with this?

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