Import Safety Recall Updates August 4, 2014 Part 3 of 3

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This is the BIG ONE, Elizabeth! Korean automaker Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonata vehicles in a single swoop. Imagine my surprise to find out that there were that many Hyundai Sonatas on planet Earth. These are the latest safety recall alerts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) brought to you by Check out Import Safety Recalls Part 1 and Part 2, as well. Log onto the best new and used vehicle website for all of the latest information on recalls (as well as everything else automotive) and find great bargains on hundreds-of-thousands of new and used vehicles.

Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (on most vehicles) for the manufacturing date of your vehicle (Month/Year). This information can help you to determine whether your vehicle ic covered under a recall campaign or not.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V434000
Hyundai Recall Campaign Number: 123

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata vehicles manufactured from December 11, 2009 through May 29, 2014. Approximately 883,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

Cause: The transmission shifter cable may become detached from the shift lever pin located on top of the transmission.

Concern: In the event that the shift cable detaches from the pin, the transmission will no longer be shiftable from the cockpit. Though the shifter may appear to function correctly, the transmission will remain in whatever gear it was in when the cable was disconnected. The vehicle could remain in gear and under power even though the shifter indicates that it is in the “PARK” position. This could lead to a vehicle rollaway situation that places vehicle passengers and bystanders at an increased risk of injury.

Correction: Hyundai will notify owners by mail with specific instructions for having the shifter cable repaired, free of charge. No schedule has yet been provided by the manufacturer for this recall campaign to begin. Vehicle owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.

NOTE: Neighbors, always use your parking brake. If you use your parking brake it will keep your rear drum brakes adjusted properly and you will avoid most vehicle rollaway catastrophes. If you have a vehicle that you feel is included in this recall, park on a flat surface if possible and ALWAYS USE YOUR PARKING BRAKE.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V435000
Hyundai Recall Campaign Number: 124

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2001-2006 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles manufactured from March 31, 2000 through February 15, 2006, which were originally sold and registered or that are currently registered and operated in the following 20 “salt belt” states and the District of Columbia: 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. Approximately 225,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Corrosion from road salt can weaken the front coil springs to the point of breakage. If the coil spring breaks it could impact the tire.

Concern: If a broken front coil spring contacts the front tire/s it could puncture the tire resulting in a blow out and dramatically increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Hyundai will notify owners with detailed instructions for having the coil springs inspected and replaced if necessary, free of charge. This recall campaign is expected to begin by late September 2014. Vehicle owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.

NOTE: As a standard safety measure I like to thoroughly rinse mud, sand, salt, and whatever else the winter months have left on my undercarriage once a month, at a minimum. If you live in a state that uses sand and salt to improve wintry road conditions, then consider rinsing your undercarriage (including your front and rear suspension, driveline, and exhaust) after every major storm.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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