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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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153 comments

  1. Jameela Reply

    This is so terrible. I will never buy another HYNDAI. I took my care to the dealership in JUNE for the recall because of the steering wheel was knocking, then Aug then engine failed, they had my car there for over a month. Took it off the lot and drove it right back to the dealership-the starter was acting up. Then took it home drove it for about a week or so then, the gear wouldn’t shift. Then the steering wheel locked on me. I took it the dealer once again for the 4th TIME!!!! They told me that I needed a steering column and a brake switch… You have to be kidding me. They told me I wasn’t covered under warranty and the cost of this 4th issue would be roughly around 1200.

  2. Amy Reply

    I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata and I can’t WAIT to get rid of it. I have 115,000 miles on it. A few months ago the starter died and had it replaced. Then I took the car in as it’s consuming oil way too fast (but no leak). Had brakes replaced (I know this is an age thing) but then I had to replace the struts and 3 weeks later I have this steering coupler that needs to be replaced. My Sonata has had so many recalls but after getting screwed by my dealer, I refuse to go back to them. Therefore, I’m going back to a Honda or Toyota

  3. Lewis Reply

    Replaced the steering coupler.. about a $2 rubber thing the size of a quarter.. then engine went at 80k miles… no problem there as they rented me a car and replaced engine free of charge …. but now it’s steering column and they say no warranty … but clearly there is a recall.. going to pursue further with an attorney if need be

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