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Hyundai Sonata Recall Issued Due to Steering Problems with 2011 Vehicles

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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103 comments

  1. ronnie Reply

    I too am having the same problem with my 2011 sonata I have the platinum warranty and I called to see if it was under that warranty and they told me it was covered I will be taking my car in tomorrow to get the couplar fixed and this will be my last hyundai

  2. Shane Reply

    Same problem with my 2011 Sonata. I called Hyundai and they said my car was produced after all the ones with the same exact problem were produced. Last time I buy a Hyundai. I was the original owner!

  3. lynn Reply

    Well my 2011 it wasn’t my intended vehicle. I was set on a jeep Cherokee. But this time last year I was in a bad way. I had issues with the fuses and the electrical system. then I had to have the motor gutted from the car cause it seized up due to that recall . Now there’s a embarrassing clicking noise every time I turn left or right I know the motor have a warranty on it, but I brought my Hyundai sonata from a private dealer and I wonder if it’s the steering couplar. Or cv boot

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