- Hyundai is recalling 883,000 2011-'14 Hyundai Sonata sedans because of rollaway risk.
- In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may detach from the shift lever pin.
- A date has not been set for the recall.
WASHINGTON — Hyundai is recalling 883,000 2011-'14 Hyundai Sonata sedans because of rollaway risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may detach from the shift lever pin," NHTSA said in its summary of the problem. "If the transmission shift cable detaches, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash.
"Furthermore, when the driver parks the vehicle, despite selecting the 'Park' position, the transmission may not be in 'Park.' If the vehicle is not in the 'Park' position and the parking brake is not applied, there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders."
Hyundai told federal safety regulators that a review of warranty claim data identified 1,171 claims related to the Sonata shift cable becoming disconnected from the shift lever.
Additionally, seven field reports were identified with "related symptoms."
The affected vehicles were built from December 11, 2009 through May 29, 2014.
There are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall, according to Jim Trainor, a Hyundai Motor America spokesman.
Dealers will repair the connection between the shift cable and shift lever. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles will have to wait for their formal recall notice before taking action. But if you have a concern in the meantime, it's best to contact your dealer.