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It has been a busy year when it comes to vehicle recalls. As we have reported previously, Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles after discovering vehicles with the possibility to unintentionally accelerate.
Now Hyundai is getting in on the recall action, after consumers began reporting problems with the steering systems in their Hyundai Sonatas. The Hyundai Sonata recall has reached 139,500 Sonatas built between December 11, 2009, and September 10, 2010. The problem is related to a manufacturing defect. The Hyundai recall involves connections in the steering column that are either assembled incorrectly or not full tightened and could potentially cause drivers to lose control of the steering of the vehicle.
According to the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Hyundai dealerships will fully inspect the vehicles and update the steering software in the vehicles free of charge.
The U.S. government first opened an investigation into problems with Hyundai Sonotas in August, The Los Angeles Times reports. The steering problem is potentially serious as it could cause the steering wheel to separate from the steering column, which could ultimately cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. However, Hyundai said there have been only 10 instances of drivers reporting issues with steering the vehicle and no injuries or accidents related to the recall have been reported.
Hyundai will begin by notifying owners to alert them that they should make an appointment to perform the Hyundai Sonata recall repairs. Owners can make appointments with local dealerships for repairs at their convenience. Owners of recalled Sonatas should make sure they monitor the recall and get their vehicles in as soon as possible.