"The Electronic Power Steering circuit board may be damaged and result in a loss of power steering assist," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "With a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required, especially at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a crash."
No accidents or injuries are linked to the recall, Hyundai told federal safety regulators.
In the event of a malfunction in the EPS circuitry, the car will revert to a manual steering model.
The affected Sonata sedans were built from December 11, 2009 to October 31, 2010.
Edmunds says: Hyundai dealers are waiting for parts in this recall. Owners should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment.