As fall slips into winter, cities, counties, and states across the northern U.S. begin readying their stockpiles of salts for icy roads. During cold weather, salts and other treatments help keep drivers safe, but they can also wreak havoc on our cars.
Just last week, for example, the 2006-2012 Kia Sedona was recalled for a corrosion problem related to roadway salts, and now, the Sedona's sister -- the Hyundai Entourage -- has been recalled for the same problem.
As with the Sedona, the Entourage recall stems from a potential problem with the vehicle's front lower control arms. Salts from the road can cause those arms to corrode, and since the control arms help drivers guide the vehicle's wheels, damage to them presents a serious safety hazard.
The Enroutage recall affects 2007 and 2008 models manufactured between February 16, 2006 and June 30, 2008. Specifically, it targets Entourage minivans sold in or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia -- otherwise known as the Salt Belt.
All told, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 15,500 vehicles are included in the Hyundai Entourage recall.
In a bulletin posted by NHTSA, Hyundai says that it will notify Entourage owners of the recall this December. After owners receive those notices, they can take their vehicles to a Hyundai dealer, who will inspect the minivan's front lower control arms. Depending on their degree of corrosion, the dealer will either rustproof them or replace them -- all free of charge.
If own one of the recalled vehicles, we encourage you call Hyundai at 800-633-5151 or send and email to [email protected] and ask about Hyundai recall #115. Alternately, you can call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about recall campaign #13V556000.