Hyundai is recalling three of their vehicles in two separate campaigns, for two different issues. Over 239,000 Sonata and Azera sedans are being recalled for a rear suspension issue, and over 23,000 Santa Fe SUVs for an axle shaft issue.
The 2006-2010 Sonata mid-sized sedan and the 2006-2011 Azera full-sized sedan are being recalled because road salt can corrode the rear suspension crossmember, which is attached to the rear suspension. If left untreated over time, the crossmember could disconnect itself from the control arms, which are attached to the wheels. This could significantly increase the risk of the driver losing control of the vehicle, as well as being involved in an accident.
The vehicles being recalled were sold in mostly cold-weather states.
The second recall involves the 2013 Santa Fe with the front-wheel drive/2.4L four-cylinder engine combination. According to Hyundai, the right axle shaft could fail in some cases. If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power if in motion, or roll away from a stop, if the vehicle is parked at an incline. These vehicles were built between March 11 through July 12, 2013.
The Korean automaker has not reported any accidents and injuries as a direct result of the aforementioned issues.
The latest Hyundai recalls will have owners taking their vehicles back to the dealerships for their respective repairs, which will be performed at no charge. For more information, or to schedule a service appointment, owners can contact their local Hyundai dealership.
Sources: Economic Times and Boston.com