Hyundai Recall 2013: 259,000 cars affected due to rust and axle problems

By on Aug 15, 2013 in Automobile, United States Comments

Hyundai is voluntarily recalling a total of 259,000 cars, which already reached the knowledge of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This latest Hyundai recall comes after the company, along with its subsidiary, Kia recalled more than 1.6 million vehicles last April due to lamp switch problem.

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According to a report at The New York Times this Wednesday, August 14, 2014, approximately 215,000 2006-2010 models of Sonata sedans and 24,000 2006-2011 Azera sedan models may have rust on their rear cross and can potentially cause problems while running on road salt in cold-weather states.

In addition, around 20,000 FWD Santa Fe Sports vehicles from the 2013 model are also being recalled, this time due to the possibility of broken front axle shaft, which could cause loss of power and crash. A Kia recall due to the same problem was also announced affecting around 9,300 2014 FWD Kia Sorento crossover models that have the same front-wheel-drive and 4-cylinder engines.

The corrosion-related Hyundai recall affects states known to heavily rely on road salt during the winter season. This includes Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

The company noted that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to both issues, and that no recall outside the US was mentioned. Authorized dealers are set to check the affected parts, and will replace them if necessary. Hyundai did not mention as when they will formally inform the affected customers.

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