Hyundai is set to recall about 263,000 cars in U.S and Canada over sensor issues that causes drivers to lose power-steering feature. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Saturday stated that these cars face a risk of accidents if it went into manual steering.
Elantras of model years 2008 to 2010 made during June 1, 2008 and April 30, 2010 and Elantra touring vehicles made between Nov.1 and April 30, 2008 were affected by the recall. The malfunctioning sensors in the vehicles would transmit signals that disables the power-steering unit. No accidents or injuries were reported by the company.
“The electronic power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may sense a discrepancy in steering input signals,” said NHTSA website.
Hyundai Motor America will notify the owners soon and dealers will fix the malfunctioning unit free of cost. About 205,000 vehicles are affected in the U.S while another 58,000 vehicles are in Canada. The company was not available for comment on the issue. Customers can contact Hyundai at 1-855-671-3059. NHTSA has notified the recall on the website.
The company was aware of the power steering issue as it was not considered as a defect in the safety rules. Hyundai mentioned that it wanted to remain consistent with the industry trend. NHTSA is in the process of intensifying investigation into Takata airbags that could send pieces of metal into the interiors when a car crashed.
Power steering issues were not considered as a major concern for automobile companies in the past while the new safety norms by the safety administration has forced the South Korean automaker to issue the recall. The new safety norms comes after severe criticism from the Congress. The decision to recall comes after numerous power steering issue reports from US and Canada market.
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