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Hyundai Recalling Nearly 500,000 Sonatas Due to Potential Engine Failures

A second recall covers smaller Accent models.

by on Sep.25, 2015

The Sonata's American-made engine is being blamed for the recall of 470,000 sedans.

Hyundai is recalling nearly 500,000 Sonata sedans because a manufacturing problem could cause their engines to fail.

Hyundai has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that engines produced at its powertrain plant in Alabama may not have been machined properly. As a result, metal debris can block the flow of oil to the connecting rod bearings. That could cause the engines to stall and, in turn, lead to a crash.

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The problem affects both 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter engines used in 470,000 midsize Sonata sedans sold during the 2011 and 2012 model-years. Those vehicles were all assembled by Hyundai in the United States.


Hyundai Issues Third Recall in One Week

Korean maker recalls 420,000 vehicles.

by on Aug.01, 2014

Hyundai is recalling 61,000 Veracruz models from 2007-2012 for electrical issues.

After recalling 889,000 Sonatas a few days ago, the company added another 420,000 vehicles to its recall list, including the Sonata again, for brake, electrical and rust issues.

The South Korean maker is taking back 225,000 Santa Fe crossovers in 20 cold weather states. The 2001 to 2006 model year vehicles may have rusted coil springs that could fracture and puncture a tire. The springs impacted are in states that use salt on their roads in the winter.

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For the third time, the company is recalling Sonatas. This time, 133,000 2011 Sonatas may be leaking brake fluid, which could cause the car to take longer to stop and perhaps end up in a collision. (more…)

Hyundai Tells Drivers to Park 2015 Sonata

Major brake problem forces recall; Toyota pressured to recall Camrys.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata's being recalled for the second time since its introduction. This action involves faulty brakes.

Hyundai issued its second recall on its 2015 Sonata and ordered drivers to park the newly introduced sedan due to a problem with its brakes. At the same time, the pressure on Toyota to do the same with thousands of Camrys is ramping up.

The South Korean automaker is recalling 5,700 Sonatas built from April 25 to June 16 due to a manufacturing error that may cause either or both of the front brake calipers to fracture making it more difficult to stop the car. The fix requires replacement of the faulty brake calipers.

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Hyundai recalled the Sonata last month for a faulty wiring harness that could limit the effectiveness of the power steering. (more…)

Recalls Rising Fast; Over 400,000 Vehicles Added to 2012 Tally

Latest Targets: Mazda, Hyundai.

by on Jul.30, 2012

Hyundai's 2012-2013 Sonata is just one of the latest models facing a recall.

Taking its lead from Ford Motor Co., Mazda plans to recall more than 200,000 of its Tribute SUVs due to potentially sticky throttle cables that could cause the vehicles to race out of control.  Ford last week recalled the virtually identical Escape to deal with the same problem.

Meanwhile, Hyundai will recall another 200,000 Santa Fe and Sonata models to correct problems with their airbags that could make it difficult to react properly if a small adult is seated up front. The Korean carmaker also is recalling about 20,000 other vehicles due to a separate airbag problem.

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While year-over-year comparisons are not yet available, industry observers are noting a sharp run-up in recalls this year – even as various studies suggest the industry is producing its highest-quality vehicles ever.  But manufacturers have come under increasing pressure from regulators and consumer watchdogs to act fast when they discover potential safety problems that might have once been ignored or dealt with on a case-by-case basis.


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.


Korean Hyundai Recalling New Sonata

Defective door latches recalled as American launch ramps up.

by on Feb.24, 2010

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is now subject to a safety recall for defective doors.

Hyundai Motor has issued a recall for about 46,000 of the new, 2011 Sonata in the largely closed South Korean market, though a small number of the sedans will also be impacted here in the U.S.

The Korean company had seemingly overcome its dismal quality reputation caused by the original models sold in the U.S. two decades ago with clever marketing and one of the best warranties in the business.

The company had hoped to increase its U.S. market share  primarily from sales of the new Sonata, which accounts for almost 40% if sales here. How much of a setback this is remains to be seen.

In a statement, Hyundai Motor said that it has “discovered a mechanical problem with its front door latches which, in very rare instances, will not close properly.”

Apparently, 1,300 of the defective Sonata models now in customer service in the United States would also be recalled.

In total, about 5,000 model year 2011 Sonatas, produced from  December 11, 2009 until February 15, 2010 in a non-union assembly plant in Alabama are affected.

In Korea, Hyundai claimed the recall, which will begin sometime in March, was caused by a “handful” of customer complaints.

Hyundai also says that there have been no reports of accidents or injuries because of the safety defect.

However, U.S. representatives of Hyundai were unable to respond immediately to requests for more information.   (more…)