Hyundai is recalling 139,500 2009-10 Sonatas for steering wheel failure that could cause drivers to lose control of the car. Reuters has more:
The automaker announced the recall after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a probe into steering problems in August, a move analysts said was aimed at heading off criticism that it was slow to respond.
No accidents or injuries occurred as a result of improper assembly or loose steering connections, Hyundai said in an email statement on Sunday. The vehicles were built from Dec. 11, 2009, through Sept. 10, 2010. In February, Sonata, underwent the first recall this year that affected 47,000 units in South Korea and the United States due to front door lock faults.
Hyundai has been one of the stronger performers in the U.S. auto market in recent years, gaining market share and logging an 8.3 percent sales increase in 2009, while the industry fell 21 percent overall to the lowest levels since the early 1980s. The company’s latest recall comes as the automaker seeks to increase production of the Sonata, its best-selling model in America, at its plant in Alabama.
If you have a 2009-10 Sonata, call the Hyundai Customer Assistance Center: 1-800-633-5151.
Hyundai is proving it’s not Toyota by doing preemptive recalls. Toyota’s recall fiasco set such a bad example that most automakers, Hyundai included, are striving to do the opposite.
It’s interesting that Hyundai, Toyota and GM have all had power steering problems/recalls. Where are they getting their components? If it’s from one factory, shouldn’t the NHTSA be investigating that?