139,500 Hyundai Sonatas Recalled

Hyundai recalled 139,500 model year 2011 Sonatas this Sunday because of a steering issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) said that on some of the cars, the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections were not put together correctly, or were too loose, which could make the car hard or impossible to steer.

The recall affects Sonatas made between Dec 11, 2009 and Sep 10, 2010.

Starting in October, you can take your Sonata into your dealer and they will check out the steering column, and update your power steering software, for free. For more info, call Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

Previously, this same model was recalled for a problem with the door latch.

NHTSA Campaign ID number : 10V426000 [NHTSA]
Recall: 2011 Hyundai Sonata–steering column problem [Consumer Reports Cars Blog]


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  1. Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

    “Starting in October, you can take your Sonata into your dealer and he’ll will check out the steering column and update your power steering software for free. “

    1. “he will”, not “he’ll will”
    2. Car dealers can also be female
    3. How will updating the software correct loose physical connections?

    • NotEd says:

      I agree with 1 or 2.
      For 3, doesn’t checking the steering column address the physical connection issue?

    • katarzyna says:

      How about this:

      Starting in October, you can take your Sonata into your dealer who will check out the steering column and update your power steering software for free.

      Flows better, no gender issues.

      Also, I got the impression that the free software upgrade is a bonus for taking the car in, not the fix.

    • diasdiem says:

      It’s been edited as “they will.” Although I think most style guides recommend using a gender-specific pronoun when referring to a single person rather than the plural “they,” and just alternate the gender throughout the text to avoid sexism.

      As for #3, it’s probably the same person who was in charge of fixing the iPhone antenna issue.

  2. homehome says:

    I’m glad I went with the Sentra instead of the Sonata.

    • TouchMyMonkey says:

      I got a Honda Civic. Made in Canada, not some right-to-work state down South. FTW.

    • DariusC says:

      Who was it on these forums that said Hyundai never had a recall? Someone did… They retorted to a post in another Toyota Recall thread…

    • AwesomeJerkface says:

      Really? I chose a Sonata over a Sentra specifically because of recall frequency…

      As far as I can tell, Hyundai Sonatas have had only 6 recalls over the past 10 years and they were all relatively early compared to, for instance, Nissan’s recalls.

    • LastError says:

      Sentra and Sonata are two different classes of car. Why you’d ever choose between one or the other is weird. Maybe the Altima and the Sonata, or the Maxima and the Sonata. But the Sentra? Not in the same league.

      The only thing wrong with the Sonata is that it’s all-new and it’s still within the first model year of a totally new design. Bugs come out of any brand new model from any brand. And not just cars, but also computers, appliances, electronics, etc.

      What nobody needs are manufacturers hiding problems. They’re not hiding this. So no big deal.

  3. Holybalheadedchrist! says:

    in Soviet Union, Sonata recalls YOU!

  4. EverCynicalTHX says:

    Good to see we can bash Hyundai now, those Toyota bashing posts were getting played out.

    • pandroid says:

      Our older, but still under warranty, Sonata recently had an issue with the throttle sensor. The major symptoms were the check engine light coming on and a lack of acceleration. When we took it in the mechanic told us that the acceleration problem was a safety measure put into place so the car/engine stays ok if the sensors disagree.

      Then, and I promise this is true, the next thing he says is “Yeah, Hyundai decided it was best to make people pull over if something goes wrong with the car. If you’d been driving a Toyota you might have ended up accelerating into someone!”

      I don’t think the Toyota bashing is ever going away.

    • Kishi says:

      Shouldn’t we wait until Hyundai denies the problem for months before finally admitting it and recalling several different models?

  5. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections were not put together correctly

    You made that up, didn’t you?

  6. dangermike says:

    I would never buy a Hyundai. I’ve been in a few and quality is as expected for the price (low) and the few that I’ve seen with collision damage have looked far worse than the other involved cars would seem to indicate. But mostly, I would not buy from them because of their actions in the case of Ryan Dallas Cook. He was my friend’s little brother, a talented musician, and all around good guy. He was headed home from practice with his band (Suburban Legends. If you’re into Ska or the OC scene, you know who they are) when he came a across a car being driven by a Hyundai executive that had gotten so completely piss-rotten drunk that he’d been spotted driving his black SUV, lights off, at speed less than half the rate traffic, and weaving literally across the entire 4-5 lane span of the 55 freeway in Santa Ana. The exact details are not known, whether Dallas had seen the car or not, or whether he was able to take evasive action, or exactly what happen. What was ascertained was that his motorcycle struck the Hyundai, he was ejected, and subsequently hit by at least 3 more cars. The Hyundai exec fled the scene, drove to the Hyundai HQ in Fountain valley, parked his company car, got out, looked at the damage on the back, got back in and parked it backwards to not show the damage, and headed into the building. After a middle-of-the-night meeting with company lawyers, he headed home, packed up some personal belongings, *left his family*, and boarded an early morning flight to Seoul. This presumably all happened to “save face” for the Hyundai corporation. Helping him flee the consequences of killing a good family’s only son.

    Sorry, this is America and that’s not how you save face here. That’s what we call accessory after the fact.

    Don’t buy their crap. They endorse murder.

    • Minneapolis says:

      That may be true, but their quality has greatly increased in the last five years.

    • enomosiki says:

      Mitsubishi and Kawasaki, to name a couple, have profitted enormously from slave labor by using American POWs in World War II, and grew to where they are today. All attempts by survivors to get compensations have been repeatedly blocked by the Japanese government even ’til this day.

      So how many Japanese products do you own? If you have any, I suggest you to throw them out or return them for refund immediately, since it endorses slave labor, subjugation, torture, murder and war profiteering to name a few.

      • enomosiki says:

        Even better, BP has caused one of the biggest environmental disasters, ruining not only nature but disrupting the lives of millions. Avoid BP like the plague, don’t buy your gas at any BP stations!

        Oh, wait, avoiding BP station to fill your tank won’t do any good, because stations are franchise owned, with gas coming from many different sources, without a doubt BP having a rather significant percentage in the mix (refer to “supermajor” for this), meaning that at any gas station you stop at you will always contain some amount of gas from BP.

        If you have a car, it’s time for you to empty out that tank, buddy. BP endorses environmental destruction and annihilation of millions of lives.

      • dangermike says:

        Umm, no. Buying Japanese products today does not endorse their WWII atrocities any more than buying a Dodgers hat endorses Brooklyn. What I have described comprises actions taken by the current management to aid a felon in fleeing the country. The extradition of driver occurred this year. The wrongful death suit was settled the week before last. Hurting their bottom lines today might hasten the departure of the individuals responsible, especially if the name Dallas Cook stays in the news.

        • enomosiki says:

          You must’ve skipped the part where I have stated “[a]ll attempts by survivors to get compensations have been repeatedly blocked by the Japanese government even ’til this day”, meaning that almost seventy years after one of the biggest atrocities in the history has been committed that it, the CURRENT national government, still refuse to acknowledge and allow several zaibatsu to not to compensate the survivors for their behavior that made them what they are today.

          So far, according to your logic, it is fine to boycott products from a company that one of its execs committed a murder but has been literally shitcanned and extradited, but it is fine to buy stuff from companies shielded from prosecution for war crimes by their own national government for more than six decades.

          Yeah, right.