In terms of U.S. sales figures alone, the 2011 Sonata has been a resounding success for South Korean automaker Hyundai. A recent quality issue, however, has prompted Hyundai to announce a recall of up to 139,500 of its Sonata sedans in the United States for possible steering failure.
After sliding in behind the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in August sales in the midsize sedan segment, Sonata sedans produced from December 2009 until September 10, 2010, are subject to recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating steering equipment that may have been installed incorrectly and could cause a loss of steering ability.
The problem: Just under a month ago, we reported that the NHTSA was investigating whether the universal joint on the steering shaft could come loose or separate altogether. The NHTSA recall will examine the tightness of the joints for fit and finish as well as functionality.
The fix: Hyundai will update the power steering software at no charge, and will inspect the existing steering equipment. The recall is expected to begin in October.
Number affected: 139,500