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Hyundai Sonata Recall Issued Due to Steering Problems with 2011 Vehicles

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About 139,500 Hyundai Sonatas from the 2011 model year have been recalled due to steering problems that could cause a loss of control.   

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), which announced the Hyundai Sonata recall on September 23, connections in the steering column were either improperly assembled or insufficiently tightened on certain vehicles. The manufacturing defect means that the driver could suddenly lose the ability to steer the vehicle, possibly resulting in an automobile accident with a potential for property damage, injury and death. 

The NHTSA opened an investigation in late August after at least two customers complained that the steering shaft came loose on their Sonatas, causing them to completely lose the ability to steer the vehicle. The Kia Soul, which has different parts but is also made by Hyundai, is also under investigation after an owner complained of the same problem. The number of reports for the Sonata has since grown to a total of eight, according to company officials. There have been no injuries or accidents reported. 

The recall affects certain 2011 Hyundai Sonatas manufactured between December 11, 2009, and September 10, 2010, at the company’s Montgomery, Alabama facility. The recall of the vehicles is expected to begin during October. 

According to the NHTSA, Hyundai dealers will inspect the steering column’s intermediate shaft universal joint connections to ensure they are properly assembled and have the correct amount of torque. Dealers will also update the power steering software. Hyundai owners with questions can call the Hyundai Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-633-5151.

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52 comments

  1. concerned mom Reply

    I got my 2011 sonata in March 2014. Up until a month ago it was fine. I noticed first knocking in my steering, like something was broke, but it still drove fine. I only heard the noise when turning the steering wheel. Took it to the dealership for what was supposed to have been an hour inspection….4 hours later I had to call to get status of their findings, and was told a bushing had broken (due to defective design) and theyd order the part. I was also made aware of a recall on the brake light switch or lamps (cant remember specifically). A week later I took it back for the repair and again it took all day for what was only to take 1.5 hours. I, like everyone, have to be able to have a car for my kids and errands. I was frustrated with the situation for sure. Now, in the two weeks Ive had my car back, my brake lights wouldnt turn off last night and while driving on 4 occasions, so far, the gas pedal stopped responding. I am very concerned. I have 4 kids in my family and the ‘what if Im crossing traffic and it stalls’ keeps running through my mind. I cant help but wonder if this is related to the ‘repair’ or if its something unrelated. Gotta call the dealership again on Monday, after the holiday.

  2. christina Reply

    Hi concerned mom..i have the same issue. did they fix yours for free

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