Hyundai Sonatas and Accents Recalled
In some Sonatas, metal debris could lead to an engine stall and possibly a crash
2015 has been a tough year for car manufacturers and safety. In June, Toyota recalled 1.37 vehicles equipped with airbags that might explode. A month later, Ford recalled 432,000 vehicles due to a software glitch that could cause the engine to stop running. A few weeks later, Toyota recalled 625,000 Prius cars and other hybrid vehicles with a similar problem.
Now Korean car maker Hyundai has announced a recall of certain Sonatas.
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The manufacturer is recalling 470,000 2011-2012 Sonatas because some of the cars’ crankshafts contain metal debris that should have been removed. The debris can hamper oil flow to connecting rod bearings, and since they’re cooled by oil, they could stop working. That could lead to an engine stall and possibly a crash.
To fix the problem, Hyundai may have to replace the engines.
The recall involves cars that were assembled at an Alabama manufacturing plant between December 2009 and April 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The cars all have 2 liter to 2.4 liter gas engines.
According to Hyundai, only 2 percent of the 2011-12 cars are affected, and there haven’t been any reported injuries so far.
Signs of the connecting rod problem include a metallic knocking sound and the oil pressure warning light coming on, according to the Associated Press.
Hyundai says it plans to contact car owners and ask them to bring in their cars for a free inspection. If necessary, the company says it will replace the engine at no cost. The company will also add 10 more years to the existing the engine warranty or 120,000 miles.
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If you own a Sonata, Hyundai says you’ll be notified on November 2, and you’ll get a second notice when the replacement engines are available.Hyundai is also recalling almost 100,000 Accent cars because the brake lights can fail. The Accent recall is anexpansion of a 2013 recall and covers some 2009 to 2011 models of the small cars. In the affected cars, the brake lights won’t turn on when the driver hits the brakes, and the gear shifter may stick in the “park” position. In addition, drivers may not be able to deactivate cruise control by stepping on the brake. If you own an Accent affected by the recall, Hyuandai will
replace the brake switch at no cost to you beginning November 2.
If you think your car may be affected by the Sonata or Accent recall, call Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059.