Hyundai will recall its Sonata midsize sedan in the U.S. due to a fault with the power-steering system, local media reported on Sunday.
The recall will cover 173,000 cars manufactured and sold between December 2009 and October 2010. The problem involves a circuit board controlling the car’s electronic power-steering system.
A Hyundai spokesman said there had been no reports of accidents or casualties resulting from the defect. Owners of affected cars will be able to request free repairs starting in late May.
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011 Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009, to October 31, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) circuit board may be damaged and result in a loss of power steering assist.
With a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required, especially at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EPS control unit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 30, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9640. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 143.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.