Hyundai Motor Co. has recalled about 420,000 vehicles for safety defects, including a spring that could puncture a tire, an oil leak and a brake line problem. About 225,000 model year 2001-2006 Santa Fe vehicles that are registered and operated, or were originally sold and registered, in 20 “salt belt” states including Illinois, Michigan and New York may experience front coil spring corrosion from road salt, causing the coil spring to fracture and make contact with the tire, Hyundai said. the company said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
If the front coil spring fractures due to corrosion it could cause the coil spring to make contact with the tire, possibly puncturing the tire and increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Hyundai is also recalling about 133,000 model year 2011 Sonata vehicles manufactured from Dec. 11, 2009, through Sept. 1, 2010, because they may experience a brake fluid leak from the two brake lines that connect the brake system’s master cylinder to the hydraulic electronic control unit due to an insufficient seal between the inner brake hose and metal brake line-fitting. If the brake lines leak brake fluid, longer stopping distance will be required, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash, the company said.
The company is also recalling about 61,000 model year 2007-2012 Veracruz vehicles. The affected vehicles may experience an oil leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket. If there is a sufficient amount of oil dropped onto the alternator, the alternator will be damaged, causing the charging system to become inoperative.
If the alternator is damaged, the engine will lose power, and the vehicle will stop operating while being driven. An unexpected failure of motive power while driving increases the risk of a crash.
Hyundai says “there have been no reported accidents or injuries associated with any of the conditions.” The company will have the vehicles inspected and, if necessary, fixed at no cost to the owner. In May, the company recalled more than 140,000 Tucson compact sport utility vehicles from model years 2011 to 2014 because the air bag may not be securely attached to the steering wheel. According to documents on the NHTSA website, the air bag assembly installed in the steering wheel may become loose from its mounting and result in an increased risk of injury to the driver in the event of a crash.
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