Hyundai recalls 470,00 Sonatas due to Engine problems

Brandon Russell, Photojournalist


Hyundai is recalling nearly a half-million midsize cars in the U.S. to replace key engine parts because a manufacturing problem could cause them to fail. The recall covers 470,000 Sonata sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years equipped with 2-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline engines.


At the time, the Sonata was Hyundai’s top-selling vehicle in the U.S. to date. So far the company has had no recent complaints of any mishaps or failures with the cars engines and brake lights. One of the reasons for recalling the cars was to fix a metal rod connecting to the brake gage allowing the oil to fail and the brakes to give out. In most of the vehicles, the company stated that the ignition brake when pressed, wouldn’t match up to the right slot in that case it would ruin the brake and ultimately take it off completely.


“Steering control can be maintained; however, the vehicle will revert to a manual steering mode, requiring greater driver effort, particularly at low speeds,” Hyundai said in a report filed with NHTSA. The company first started noticing the problem when owners complained of the noise the part was making when rubbing against the wheel. In June 2015 the NHTSA confronted the company about the possibility of high speed stalling when riding on the freeway.


Hyundai, China’s most successful company has not yet received any complaints on the gear shifts or motor but there have been more upcoming risings in complaints over the past four months. Automakers have picked up the pace of recalls after Toyota paid a $1.2-billion federal fine earlier this year for misleading regulators about problems in its cars and the GM came under federal investigation for delaying calling back about 2.6 million small cars for almost soon to become a decade although it knew about a potentially deadly ignition switch defect. The GM problem is now linked to at least fifty crashes and thirteen deaths.


Zac Hardison (9) stated, “The fact that the engine models were wrong and that they weren’t replaced immediately make me worry that soon other cars [will] follow in its lead.”