- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 393,000 2006-'08 Hyundai Sonatas following complaints alleging rear control-arm failures.
- NHTSA received six complaints from drivers reporting that the suspension arms failed, apparently due to rear subframe corrosion.
- Three of the reports allege failures at highway speeds.
NHTSA received six complaints from drivers reporting that the suspension arms failed, apparently due to corrosion of the rear subframe.
Three of the reports allege failures at highway speeds. Two cases "indicate that the failure resulted in activation of the electronic stability control system," according to the agency's Office of Defects Investigation.
The agency says no crashes, injuries or fatalities are linked to the probe. Hyundai Motor America's official response was this: "It is too early in the process to draw any conclusions about the allegations and no safety-related defect has been identified, but Hyundai is cooperating fully to respond to NHTSA's request. Hyundai will, of course, take any actions necessary to ensure the safety of our customers if the information gathered during the investigation indicates that action is appropriate."
NHTSA said it opened a preliminary evaluation on March 25 to "assess the scope, frequency and potential safety consequences associated with the alleged defect."Such a probe sometimes can lead to a vehicle recall.
Edmunds says: Consumers at this point must sit tight and wait for federal safety regulators to do their work.