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Hyundai Sonata sings to the wrong tune

By SYF77 on 05 Sep 2010

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Hyundai has pulled a 180-degree turn in brand image over the past few years, but alas, no one is immune to the threat of recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in USA has recently begun a preliminary investigation of the new Hyundai Sonata for an issue with the steering system.

Approximately 16,300 of the Alabama-built units could be affected, although there have been no official complaints, injuries, or accidents yet. According to the NHTSA, the intermediate steering shaft assembly upper universal joint could potentially fully detach and a cross-threaded pinch bolt could strip upper universal joint connection threads. Both these issues could lead to a loss of steering control.

Regulators also mentioned the steering problem could lead to a compromised brake system, a case in which the shaft drops out and could hinder brake application. Thankfully, this is being caught and handled early on.

At the moment, it is not confirmed if only US-built Hyundai Sonatas are affected.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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