Video: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Experiences Strange Steering Issue

July 1, 2010

At least one owner of Hyundai's hot-selling Sonata sedan has a beef with the car's steering.

This owner posted a YouTube video of her 2011 Hyundai Sonata pulling to the left after the steering wheel went off center and stayed there, even after the engine was turned off and restarted. She was able to pull off the road without incident, but she ended up selling her car back to Hyundai.

The video was sent to one of our sister sites, Motor Authority, and editor Nelson Ireson asked Hyundai about it. Miles Johnson, manager of product public relations for Hyundai USA, had this statement: "We became aware of the posting on YouTube Wednesday morning and quickly determined that the video was of a vehicle that a team of Hyundai engineers had investigated in early April.  While we could not duplicate the condition, we did repurchase the car and our investigation is underway."

When asked if the problem could be related to steering problems that Lexus has had (perhaps because of parts used from the same supplier), Johnson replied "This is an entirely different matter than the one Lexus had."

At this point, it's unclear if this is an isolated incident or a larger problem with the Sonata. Nor is it clear if this a problem caused by the switch to electronic power steering systems. For a look at the video, scroll down.

[Motor Authority, Hyundai, YouTube]

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