Hyundai Recalls Thousands of Vehicles for Front Coil Spring Issues

Fountain Valley, CA — November 2, 2015 — Starting November 30, Hyundai Motor America is expected to recall as many as 27,700 vehicles produced between 2009 and 2011. According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recalls apply to Elantra and Sonata models and are registered in 21 different states, including the District of Columbia. Front coil springs in these vehicles could be subject to fracture.

This not only poses a risk to the suspension itself, but to the tires that come into contact with it an get punctured. The condition is especially problematic in the winter, when excessive road salt can weaken the spring, and could play the biggest factor in the “salt belt” states spanning the east coast and stretching over into the upper Midwest as far as Iowa. However, the defect is not limited to this time of year: the first notifications of the problem appeared in June, when multiple complaints emerged connected to the Sonatas.

Dealers will fix the issue by replacing front coil springs without charge. The chronology of this recall, also published by the NHTSA, describes the efforts the manufacturer has made in recent months. The document also notes that previous tests determined a driver could still stay stable in a vehicle suffering this condition, although this did not deter the final Hyundai recalls.

“On September 30, 2015 Hyundai made the determination to proceed with a safety recall campaign, even though there have been no accidents or injuries, or reports of significant loss of vehicle stability or control,” the chronology reads.

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Engine stalling issue prompts Hyundai recall [Video]

A new Hyundai recall will affect hundreds of thousands of Hyundai Sonatas in the United States.

This action is in response to defective engines that could force these vehicles to stall. Owners and dealers have at least two ways to tell if this fault is present in a vehicle: the engine warning light and a knocking noise coming from the engine. Although the manufacturer didn’t originally consider this a safety threat, it has launched the recall after meetings with the Office of Defects Investigation.

The Hyundai recall is estimated to affect 2 percent of the recalled 2011 and 2012 Hyundai Sonatas. The engines in these cars may contain debris from the machining process at Hyundai’s Alabama plant.

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Hyundai recalls Sonatas for seatbelt problems

Ulsan, South Korea — July 9, 2015 — The newest Hyundai recall concerns a safety problem in recently produced vehicles. Reuters reported on this action, which will recall 140,000 Sonata sedans across North America and will reportedly come with an easy and quick fix, provided owners bring their car to the dealer and understand the seriousness of the situation. Fortunately, the failure will trigger a dashboard light, helping alert drivers to its presence.

In the affected Sonata sedans, seatbelts could break and become impossible to secure. The source says that the metal tongue of the seatbelt has to be inserted correctly to avoid jamming the buckle and rendering the belt inoperable. Although these Sonatas were built in 2014, between April and December, they were given the model year 2015.

Other recent recalls have affected Hyundai Sonatas within the past year, but these generally concerned external faults as opposed to features that immediately impacted the driver. Some of these other recalls were for conditions like an incorrectly installed left axle that could separate, as well as brake calipers that may fracture.

The former was listed as an assembly error on the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall website, while the latter was attributed to a “manufacturing error.” The past few months have also seen complaints filed against the Sonata as well, multiple of which concerned engine or electrical systems issues.

Address recalls quickly and comprehensively with programs that are effective and will take dealer and owner actions into consideration. It’s also important that everyone involves understand the severity of an issued recall and how it differs from complaints or ongoing investigations.

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Hyundai recall concerns airbag deployment

Ulsan, South Korea — May 3, 2015 — A new Hyundai recall concerns the way a fault in the Occupant Detection System (ODS) of some Accent vehicles could dangerously impact airbag deployment. According to the official notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, 2,580 units are potentially affected by this recall, which will officially begin June 5. The Accents that are subject to the recall were produced between September 15, 2014, and February 10 of this year.

Normally, the ODS is supposed to detect if a child is in the front passenger seat of a vehicle and prevent an airbag from inflating during an accident, which would endanger the child. In the vehicles addressed by the recall, the source notes that the opposite is true, and that the system could be affected by cold temperatures, interfering with the sensor.

“If the ODS fails to detect that the seat is occupied by a child restraint seat, the front air bag will not be deactivated and, in the event of a crash necessitating front air bag deployment, there would be an increased risk of injury to the occupant in the child restraint seat,” the statement reads.

To remedy this, Accent owners should bring their autos to dealers, who will fix the problem in the ODS software. Consumer Affairs quoted a spokesman from the company, who gave more details about the kinds of temperatures that will activate the problem: as he said, the fault is only likely to persist as long as the interior of the car is “below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Sending out a tailored recall notice system can help businesses mention certain details, like the temperature in this example, which influence a defect or might make it stand out more.

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