2010 may become known as the Year of the Recall.
On the heels of the massive Egg Recall, the huge Toyota Recall, and last week’s notorious Similac Baby Formula Recall, popular car manufacturer Hyundai shockingly issued two overlapping voluntary recalls of its brand-new 2011 Sonata.
2011 Hyandai Sonata Not Safe – Door Latches and Steering Columns
Why? Hyundai discovered that its latest version of the popular Sonata sedan was dangerous because of a flawed front-door latch mechanism.
Hyundai also discovered that around 140,000 of its 2011 Sonata sedans have joint connections in the steering column intermediate shaft which may be unsafe, either because they aren’t tight enough or they weren’t put together properly.
Which means that the Sonata driver could be on the road, and suddenly unable to steer the car. That’s seriously dangerous, right?
These Sonatas are apparently so dangerous, in fact, that Hyundai actually stopped selling the car – that’s a biggie – although now, they’re back hawking their well-known sedan to potential buyers.
Recalls Don’t Make You Safe – YOU Make You Safe: Take Steps to Respond to any Recall
Hyundai can recall the car. The government can agree, or issue its own recall. However, the owner of the recalled product MUST take action.
For example, Hyundai dealerships across the country are looking at any 2011 Sonata brought to them, making sure that the car is safe and correcting any issues that are found. It’s free.
But the owner has to bring that car into the experts. You gotta wonder how many owners aren’t going to heed the warning.
Questions? Call Hyundai toll-free at 1 (800) 633-5151.