If you think that GM is the only automaker with recall woes, think again. Hyundai has joined other automakers who recently have had to recall vehicles for a myriad of reasons. The South Korean company has recalled 2011 to 2015 Sonatas for faults with the brake calipers and shift cables. The Detroit News is reporting that the problems affect almost 889,000 units.
The shift cable problem is the bigger of the two, affecting 883,000 Sonatas from the 2011 to 2014 model years. The problem is that the shift cable, which can come off the shift lever. You should care about this recall because, if left unrepaired, the problem could cause a parked Sonata to start rolling away if the parking brake isn’t fully engaged. Car owners also will be unable to move the gear selector out of “park” if the cable comes loose. So far, Hyundai hasn’t set up a timeframe for fixing the effected Sonatas, so if you own one you should be extra careful to use the parking brake.
The second recall involves the front brake calipers cracking, which obviously isn’t what you want to happen on your car. Essentially, the 5,650 effected 2015 Sonatas can experience a reduction in braking power, which means the car won’t stop as quickly. That recall is already in full-swing, with Hyundai replacing the calipers for owners and swapping out the calipers on any unsold stock.
If you own a 2011 to 2015 Hyundai Sonata, you can contact your local dealer’s service department for information about how your car can be repaired, or you can contact Hyundai directly through its U.S. customer service line.