A Hyundai recall has been issued for 260,000 vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall was issued because of possible problems with corrosion and axle separation.
At this time, no crashes or injuries have been recorded because of the flaw. An NHTSA investigation was launched after two Hyundai Santa Fe’s experienced axle issues that caused two owners to lose control of their vehicle.
The Hyundai recall involves 240,000 Sonata and Azera sedans, which were manufactured between 2005 and 2011.
The vehicles were sold in the following 20 US States:
Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana,Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont,West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The recall also applies to the District of Colombia.
The NHTSA says salt used on the roads in those states can cause steel to rust on the underside of the vehicles. The rust can cause misalignment of a vehicles rear wheels.
Affected models include 2006 through 20011 Sonatas and 2006 through 2011 Azera models.
A second recall includes 20,300 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs, which feature front-wheel drive and a 2.4-liter engine. The SUVs feature a drive shaft on the right front axle which can crack, separate from the shaft, and possibly cause crashes.
In a separate recall, the company’s Kia Motors affiliate recalled 9,345 Sorrento Crossovers for the same issue.
Hyundai dealers will inspect the vehicles and repair any damage free of charge. Hyundai owners will be contacted about the issue over the next month.
Will you be taking advantage of the Hyundai recall to have your car inspected?