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Hyundai Steering Recall Hits 140,000 Sonatas

The Detroit Bureau is reporting the recall of nearly 140,000 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedans because of the risk of steering loss. This alert courtesy of Allen Lucas. Do you own one of these potential lemon cars?

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HYUNDAI SONATA 2011

Manufacturer:
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
Mfr's Report Date: SEP 23, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V426000 NHTSA Action Number: PE10035
Component: STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR Potential Number of Units Affected: 139500
Summary:

 HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 SONATA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 11, 2009, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2010. ON SOME OF THESE VEHICLES THE STEERING COLUMN INTERMEDIATE SHAFT UNIVERSAL JOINT CONNECTIONS MAY HAVE BEEN EITHER IMPROPERLY ASSEMBLED OR INSUFFICIENTLY TIGHTENED.
Consequence:

 IMPROPER ASSEMBLY OR INSUFFICIENT TIGHTENING OF THE CONNECTIONS COULD RESULT IN A COMPLETE SEPARATION OR COMPROMISED ATTACHMENT OF THE CONNECTIONS, SUCH THAT THE DRIVER COULD EXPERIENCE A LOSS OF, OR REDUCTION IN, STEERING CAPABILITY INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:

 DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE STEERING COLUMN INTERMEDIATE SHAFT UNIVERSAL JOINT CONNECTIONS FOR PROPER ASSEMBLY AND TORQUE. IN ADDITION DEALERS WILL UPDATE THE POWER STEERING SOFTWARE.

Steering systems, that come apart, can be dangerous, to put it mildly. Hyundai quality has improved vastly over its early years, but every once in awhile, it happens. If you've got a lemon Hyundai Sonata, get your dealer to get it fixed before things get worse. If you get the run around, then call us. Getting rid of lemon cars is what we do. Since 1978.