WASHINGTON — Hyundai Motor America is recalling 204,768 2008-'10 Hyundai Elantra sedans and 2009-'10 Hyundai Elantra Touring hatchbacks to fix a steering problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The electronic power steering electronic control unit may sense a discrepancy in the steering input signals and, as a result, disable the steering power assist," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash."
Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said there are no crashes or injuries associated with the recall.
He added: "Even in cars with modules that need reprogramming, steering control can be maintained. However, the vehicle will revert to manual steering mode, requiring greater driver effort, particularly at low speeds."
The affected Elantra sedans were built from June 1, 2008 to April 30, 2010. The affected Elantra Touring hatchbacks were built from November 1, 2008 to April 30, 2010.
Hyundai dealers will verify the proper operation of the electronic power steering and update the EPS control unit. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059.
Edmunds says: Owners should wait for their official recall notice before scheduling a service appointment. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.