- Hyundai is recalling 133,075 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedans because the brake lines may leak brake fluid.
- Hyundai dealers will replace the brake hoses with a revised service part.
- The recall is expected to begin by the end of September.
WASHINGTON — Hyundai is recalling 133,075 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedans because the brake lines may leak brake fluid, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The affected vehicles may experience a brake fluid leak from the two brake lines that connect the brake system's master cylinder to the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit due to insufficient seal between the inner brake hose and metal brake-line fitting," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the brake lines leak sufficient fluid, the brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate and longer stopping distance will be required, increasing the risk of a crash."
Hyundai told federal safety regulators it has not received any reports of collisions linked to the problem and "owners appear to respond to vehicle inputs prior to the impairment of the braking system."
"A recent review of warranty claim data identified 415 warranty claims (and a corresponding claim rate of 0.27 percent) for the two brake lines connecting the brake system's master cylinder to the HECU for vehicles produced prior to September 2010," Hyundai said in a document filed with NHTSA. "The average claim mileage is approximately 40,000 miles. Additionally, eight field reports were identified with related symptoms."
The affected vehicles were built from December 11, 2009 through September 1, 2010.
Hyundai dealers will replace the brake hoses with a revised service part. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September. Owners can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
Edmunds says: It may take some time for owners to receive their official recall notices. If you are experiencing a problem with your 2011 Sonata in the meantime, it's best to contact your dealer.