• Hyundai recalls 139,500 Sonatas due to faulty steering

You can’t enjoy the sweet taste of success without figuring into some trouble along the way and that’s what Hyundai is finding out after it has announced that the Hyundai Sonata, the car that has helped the Korean-based manufacturer surge into third place in the midsize car segment, is now being recalled because of a potential steering problem.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, a recall of 139,500 units is being issued after it was discovered that “the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections may have been either improperly assembled or insufficiently tightened.” If not fixed, the problem could lead to a complete separation or compromised attachment of the connections where the driver could lose steering capability and thus increase the risk of a crash happening.

The NHTSA definitely said a lot to wrap our heads around, but it sure looks mighty serious, and if you happen to own a Hyundai Sonata built anytime between December 11, 2009 to September 10, 2010, then you are advised to call the Hyundai Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-633-5151.


Source: NHTSA

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  (778) posted on 11.8.2010

Hyundai is doing great things now. I tried to convince my aunt to get a Sonata, but she ended up going with an Altima.

  (763) posted on 11.5.2010

Did they recall for being hideous?

  (406) posted on 10.4.2010

I agree. Hyundai is doing great things now. I tried to convince my aunt to get a Sonata, but she ended up going with an Altima. I was however able to convince my friend down the block to buy one. He traded in an ELANTRA, and now, he looks like a businessman in his new Black Sonata.

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