Hyundai managed to remain relatively unscathed when it came to what I’m now referring to as “year of the recall,” but that changed this week. Hot off the heels of an 800,000-vehicle recall on Wednesday, the South Korean manufacturer is now issuing three additional recalls – for a host of issues – totaling more than 420,000 cars.
According to notices from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been no injuries or accidents associated with the three new recalls.
The first recall [PDF] focuses on about 225,000 model year 2001 to 2006 Sante Fe Crossover vehicles in which a rusted coil spring could fracture and puncture a tire, increasing the risk of a crash.
Affected vehicles are located in 20 cold-weather states were road salt is used including: 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, as well as the District of Columbia.
The second recall [PDF] involves 133,000 model year 2011 Sonata sedans because the car’s brake system master cylinder seal may be insufficient. If the seal doesn’t hold, the brake line could leak significant amounts of fluid, increasing the distance required to stop the vehicle.
Sonatas were also at the center of this week’s earlier Hyundai recall. In that case, 883,000 model year 2011 to 2014 sedans were recalled because a transmission-shift cable could detach from the shift lever pin, causing the gear selection not to match the indicator gear; meaning when the car appears to be in “park” it might not be.
Friday’s final recall [PDF] includes 61,000 model year 2007 to 2012 Veracruz crossovers with a possible oil leak. The leak make damage the vehicle’s alternator and charging system, which could cause full loss of power.
Hyundai will notify owners of the three models and dealers will repair the issues beginning in September.