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Koreans Hyundai, Kia Recalling 1.9 Mil Vehicles

Koreans Hyundai, Kia Recalling 1.9 Mil Vehicles

by on Apr.03, 2013

The Hyundai Elantra is one of the many Korean vehicles covered by three new recalls.

Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia are initiating one of their largest recalls ever – or more precisely, three separate service actions announced today that involve 1.9 million vehicles sold in the U.S. market since late 2006.

The majority of the vehicles involved were subject to earlier recalls designed to address the same issue – electronic gremlins that could impact a wide variety of systems, from stop lamps to stability control, and even prevent the use of the push-button stop feature.

Meanwhile, the small Japanese automaker Subaru is recalling 200,000 vehicles of its own due to brake line corrosion issues.

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The larger recalls involving Hyundai and Kia present some serious headaches for the Korean makers after repeated efforts to deal with the electronic control issues. The two makers operate in the U.S. as separate companies but share much of the same technology under the skin of their vehicles.


Hyundai Recalling Nearly 140,000 Sonatas

Steering defect could cause the 2011 model to lose control.

by on Sep.27, 2010

Hyundai will recall nearly 140,000 2011 Sonata models because of a a steering defect.

Federal regulators have announced the recall of nearly 140,000 Hyundai Sonata sedans due to a potential steering problem that could cause a loss of control.

The recall, announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers the majority of the latest-generation Hyundai midsize sedan, specifically those manufactured between December 2009 and September 2010.

According to a NHTSA statement, “On some of these vehicles, the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections may have been either improperly assembled or insufficiently tightened.”

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In rare instances, the agency says, it is possible that a vehicle may experience a reduction or complete loss of steering capability due to the manufacturing defect.

Hyundai produces the Sonata at a plant in Alabama, its first assembly line in North America.