Hyundai announced the recall of no less than 200,000 vehicles. The famous car maker revealed that they traced in these cars a power steering defect, which increases the risk of a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also announced the recall.
This new recall will actually include Elantra sedan cars produced between 2008 and 2010, as well as 2009 to 2010 Elantra Touring hatchbacks. “Steering control can be maintained; however, the vehicle will revert to a manual steering mode, requiring greater driver effort, particularly at low speeds,” Hyundai claimed.
According to the popular company they first traced the defect in 2010. However, back then they stated that it would not require a safety recall. Apparently, the flaw in the vehicles’ electronic power steering system has not been considered a safety defect in the US and this is why the manufacturer initially decided to not issue a recall.
However, since the automobile industry is filled with recalls now and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has become stricter when it comes to anything that might pose risks to the safety of car drivers and passengers, it seems that Hyundai decided that a recall is a must after all.
“The industry has increasingly handled similar issues through safety recalls due to the greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds,” said Hyundai. “To remain consistent with that industry trend, Hyundai has decided to conduct this campaign as a safety recall.” Hyundai will notify all car owners on the defect and will reimburse them for the repairs. Allegedly, no injuries or accidents were related to the defect, but the company is yet to officially confirm these claims.
The automotive industry is facing quite a dramatic change. In fact, the change came with regard to the safety standards offered on this market by car makers. Safety is what matters most for car manufacturers now, as it seems that they all learned something from the experience of General Motors. GM has recalled millions of vehicles for various defects, although most recalls were linked to the defective ignition switches.