A problem with the steering system in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata has led to an official recall issued this morning by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Earlier this summer, the NHTSA announced it would investigate the Alabama-built four-door for steering failures. In a series of complaints logged this year, owners experienced a separation of a steering-shaft joint or a loosened bolt in the mechanism, which could lead to a loss of steering control. The vehicles noted each had less than 600 miles of service when problems were reported.
Today's action carries a campaign number of 10V426000 PE10035, and could affect up to 139,500 Sonata sedans. The vehicles were built from December 11, 2009 through September 10 of this year.
The recall covers both issues reported in the NHTSA investigation.
According to the safety agency, dealers will be instructed to inspect steering systems and will also update the Sonata's electric power-steering software.
Owners will be notified beginning in October, but concerned drivers can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 to determine if their car is affected. The NHTSA's own safety hotline is 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), and its Web site offers some information as well.
The Sonata experienced its first recall early this year, a fix for door locks on a small number of sedans.
The 2011 Sonata is among the contenders for the North American Car of the Year Award, to be announced at the Detroit auto show in January.