If you recently purchased a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, you may want to head back to the dealership ASAP. South Korea’s top automobile manufacturer, Hyundai Motor Co., has recalled 140,000 vehicles in the U.S. after discovering steering column issues that could result in a loss of control.
The Hyundai Sonata recall is affecting vehicles manufactured between December 11, 2009 and September 10, 2010. 140,000 is a big number for the auto giant. The redesigned Sonata helped put Hyundai back on the top 10 best-seller list in recent months after increasing sales by 8.3 percent in 2009. But will Hyundai stay there?
To date, no accidents have occurred from this steering issue, notes Hyundai in a weekend statement. An analyst at Daishin Securities, Kim Byung-kuk, predicts, “Hyundai’s preemptive action is fast enough to avoid any criticism in handling safety issues.” The company seems to be doing the right thing and to further clarify the situation,
Hyundai has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is voluntarily initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of vehicles and the continued satisfaction of its customers.
The Hyundai Sonata recall is slated to start in October and Hyundai assures consumers that “Hyundai dealers will inspect the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections for proper assembly and torque and make corrections if needed” — free of charge. The full recall investigation report can be found here on NHTSA’s website. For further information, call Hyundai at 800-633-5151.