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2011 Hyundai Sonata Recalled for Steering Defect

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Hyundai is recalling many 2011 Sonata sedans due to a manufacturing defect in the steering system. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), some Sonatas have may connections within the steering column that have not been tightened fully, or were improperly assembled. This might cause the wheel to separate from the column, rendering the steering either fully or partially inoperable.

Hyundai says the defect may be present in as many as 139,500 Sonatas manufactured between December 2009 and September 2010, although it points out no injuries or crashes have been reported in relation to this issue.

Owners shall receive notifications soon, with the repair process scheduled to begin in October. Dealership technicians will be trained to find the fault, inspect the steering columns, and ensure proper assembly and tightening.

The NHTSA had already begun an investigation on the Sonata's steering in order to consider a mandatory recall when Hyundai issued a voluntary recall. Many automakers are making similar decisions in an effort to improve quality and safety following massive global recalls by Toyota last year.

Hyundai's customer assistance center can be reached on 1-800-633-5151. The company's safety recall campaign number for this issue is 097.

The NHTSA has a vehicle safety hotline: 1-888-327-4236. Its website is safercar.gov. The administration's campaign number for this issue is 10V-426.

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