Hyundai Recalls 239,000 Cars for Corrosion Problem


  • 2011 Hyundai Azera Picture

    2011 Hyundai Azera Picture

    Hyundai is recalling 239,000 cars, including the 2011 Hyundai Azera, to address a possible corrosion problem due to road salt. | August 16, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Hyundai is recalling approximately 239,000 cars, including the 2006-'10 Hyundai Sonata and 2006-'11 Hyundai Azera, in cold-weather states in the U.S. because of possible corrosion that could change the rear-wheel alignment.
  • The problem could affect handling.
  • The recall is expected to begin by the end of September.

WASHINGTON — Hyundai is recalling approximately 239,000 cars, including the 2006-'10 Hyundai Sonata and 2006-'11 Hyundai Azera, in cold-weather states in the U.S. because of possible corrosion that could change the rear-wheel alignment, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Road salt and water can enter portions of the rear crossmember, leading to corrosion of the crossmember steel," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "This may lead to detachment of one of the rear control arms.

"Control arm separation may suddenly change the rear-wheel alignment, affecting the handling of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."

Hyundai said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of the rear crossmember corrosion condition. The automaker said it has received eight warranty claims and seven customer complaints about the defect.

The affected Sonatas were built from March 1, 2005 - January 21, 2010. The affected Azeras were built from September 27, 2005 - November 22, 2010.

The vehicles were originally sold in, or are currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Hyundai dealers will repair or replace the crossmember assembly. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September. Owners can contact Hyundai at 1-734-337-9499.

Edmunds says: There is a delay here as dealers wait for parts. But if you notice a problem with your vehicle, get it into the dealership before you receive your official recall notice.

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