Hyundai recalls vehicles with defective power steering

 

Fountain Valley, Calif. – March 28, 2017 – Hyundai Motor America has recalled a number of vehicles equipped with defective power steering systems. The recall impacts Elantra sedans produced between Dec. 22 and Dec. 31, 2016, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The Defect

Affected vehicles include electronic power steering motors that fail to connect to the control unit. The steering assist feature is deactivated, producing an indicator on the instrument cluster. The loss of steering assist requires motorists to manually control the vehicle which can be difficult, especially at low speeds. This increases the likelihood of an accident. No accidents or injuries have been connected to this defect.

Timeline of Events

On March 6, 2017, representatives from Hyundai’s international headquarters contacted Hyundai Motor America and communicated a possible defect in EPS systems installed in recently produced Elantra sedans. Engineers at the car company’s HQ discovered that the power steering motors installed in these vehicles had been damaged during production, could not properly connect to EPS control units and might malfunction, leaving drivers without the steering assist feature. Hyundai Motor America reviewed the claim and the attached field data. No U.S. drivers had come forward with EPS-related problems. Even so, the stateside Hyundai division chose initiate a voluntary recall March 24. Dealers were notified March 31.

The Solution

Hyundai Motor America has ordered dealers to replace defective EPS motors in affected vehicles. This particular part falls under the original factory warranty, which covers the EPS system and other components for five years or 60,000 miles. Therefore, owners should not incur expenses when taking their vehicles in for service. The automaker intends to notify affected Elantra owners via first-class mail by April 28.

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Hyundai Recalls SUVs with Possibly Faulty Tire Pressure Sensors

Fountain Valley, Calif. — Apr. 10, 2017 — According to Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some vehicles may have ineffective tire pressure monitoring systems that don’t comply with federal standards.

In 190 2017 Santa Fe SUV’s, the tire pressure monitoring systems may fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. All of the potentially affected vehicles are estimated to have the defect, and were produced between Feb. 1 and Nov. 15 last year in Georgia, as the Part 573 Safety Recall report stated.

The Defect:

The problem comes from the mode the sensors were set to during manufacture. These models reportedly could fail to detect underinflated tires, leading to possible safety issues for occupants, as well as lack of compliance. No injuries have been traced to this recall as of yet. A warning light could turn on if the defect is present.

Timeline of Events:

  • Feb. 2, 2017: As the official chronology said, Kia Motor Manufacturing Georgia, where the vehicles were built, collaborated with Hyundai from Feb. 2 to Feb. 9, specifically looking at vehicles that may have been affected.
  • Feb. 28, 2017: Hyundai decided to conduct the recall.
  • March 6, 2017: This was both the official submission date for the Safety Recall Report and the listed Planned Dealer Notification Date.
  • March 31, 2017: The Planned Owner Notification date is set for this date, according to the report.

The Resolution:

Dealers may have to both inspect and replace the sensors to resolve the matter. The official Technical Service Bulletin on this procedure said the replacement will require just two parts: the new sensor and a wheel sensor nut.

The procedure should also confirm that the replacement sensor works and doesn’t cause any in-system warning lights after installation. The sensor should fall under vehicle warranty and therefore not cost the owner.

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Extensive Hyundai Recalls Seek to Fix Seatbelt Connector Issues

Fountain Valley, Calif. — Apr. 06, 2017 — A five year span of Hyundai models could be at risk according to a new voluntary safety recall. Two specific vehicle types are involved: The 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata and the 2011 to 2015 Sonata Hybrid. As of March 7, the recall was number 17V152000 in the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database.

The Defect

The Part 573 Safety Recall Report with the NHTSA said that affected vehicles could contain seatbelts at risk of coming apart. This would be because of a linkage problem with the seatbelt connector preventing it from latching completely.

This would put the person in the vehicle at higher risk, and Hyundai said it has already detected a single minor injury attributed to this defect. The report also said that the recall potentially involves 977,778 Hyundai cars, approximately 1 percent of which are thought to have the defect. The component manufacturer was ZF-TRW, from Livonia, Michigan.

  • September- November, 2016: The official chronology document lodged with the NHTSA said that this period saw two different reports of incidents related to this case emerge.
  • December-February, 2016: During these months, Hyundai worked with the component supplier on the issue, sharing information before Hyundai agreed on the recall on Feb. 28..
  • March, 2017: After the recall report submission date of March 8, the dealer notification date is planned for March 31.
  • April-May, 2017: The owner notification actions are scheduled for these months, ranging specifically from April 7 to May 5.

The Resolution

Though the report did not list specifics for the remedy, it did state that dealers could inspect the vehicles and look for problems with the connectors. The auto manufacturer itself has also stopped producing this model, and there was no specific recall schedule given as of this time.

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Hyundai Elantra Vehicles Recalled for Brake Booster Issue

Recall Masters – March 6, 2017


Hyundai Elantra Vehicles Recalled for Brake Booster Issue

In one of the most recent Hyundai recalls, the manufacturer has turned its attention to brake booster systems in thousands of its 2017 Elantra vehicles. Production dates for these models ranged from Sep.12, 2016 to Jan. 18, 2017.

The Defect
Brake boosters in these affected vehicles are possibly subject to a manufacturing error, leaving them prone to failure. The Part 573 Safety Recall Report said that the boosters could lose power after the diaphragm within them comes loose.

Exactly 33,803 vehicles are involved with this action, although the percentage of these thought to have the defect was not reported. The components came from the Georgia-based company Mando America Corporation…

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Hyundai Elantra Vehicles Recalled for Brake Booster Issue

Fountain Valley, Calif. — March 6, 2017 — In one of the most recent Hyundai recalls, the manufacturer has turned its attention to brake booster systems in thousands of its 2017 Elantra vehicles. Production dates for these models ranged from Sep.12, 2016 to Jan. 18, 2017.

The Defect

Brake boosters in these affected vehicles are possibly subject to a manufacturing error, leaving them prone to failure. The Part 573 Safety Recall Report said that the boosters could lose power after the diaphragm within them comes loose.

Exactly 33,803 vehicles are involved with this action, although the percentage of these thought to have the defect was not reported. The components came from the Georgia-based company Mando America Corporation.

Timeline of Events

  • December 2016: The manufacturer investigation into the defect began following customer reports, as well as greater demand from the supplier for the brake booster part.
  • January 2017: Hyundai agreed to launch a safety recall after working with the supplier to both investigate the defect and prevent further models from suffering the same problem.

The Resolution

Owners could, according to the report, check to see if their malfunction indicator lamp is lit to determine if there’s a problem with the internal vacuum system. Regardless, the report said that owners can expect the related repairs to fall under the existing warranty, and that the remedy would simply require an inspection and replacement. This source also listed dealer notification as Jan. 27 and owner notification as Feb. 17.

Manufacturer’s instructions provide more detail about the repair process, mentioning the two different service procedures needed for the same recall, including measures that match different transmission types. Replacement involved just one new product, the vacuum booster itself, matching to either the 1.4 or 2.0 liter engine. For MTM vehicles, the dealers were instructed to use brake fluid as needed.

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Hyundai Faces Transmission Lawsuit [Video]

Plaintiffs in a recent lawsuit are alleging that Hyundai vehicle models with 7-speed automatic transmissions have defects that can cause them to stop moving.

The cars named in the lawsuit include the Hyundai’s Electra Eco, Sonata Eco, Tucson and Veloster Turbo. Plaintiffs claim that shortly after they purchased their Veloster Turbo, they lost the ability to accelerate while driving on the highway.

The problem may be related to a dual-clutch transmission control module, which determines the best gear-shifting option for optimal fuel efficiency. A malfunction could cause acceleration problems or stalling without warning.

Hyundai has conducted related vehicle recalls for transmission issues in the past, but the plaintiffs state that nothing has been done to solve this particular problem.

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