QUOTE (TrojanFan @ Jul 1 2010, 01:55 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=337865
I'm in the camp that thinks this is actually pretty disturbing and that most of you who have posted so far are downplaying the seriousness of this potential problem. There was someone else on edmunds.com who had the same issue (didn't get it on video), claimed it also almost took their lives and preceded to take a similar bashing from the disbelievers and Sonata fanboys. In general, I think it's highly unlikely that the person who posted this video exaggerated their experience or faked the video. I don't buy the "competitors are afraid of Sonata's success" conspiracy theory -- give me a break. I am realistic, though -- I would bet this problem is sort of a 1 in 10,000 type of defect, but in my opinion that's still really scary. I mean Toyota's acceleration issue seems to affect a minuscule number of vehicles, and yet it's killed numerous people so far. I'm definitely going to make sure my wife knows about this so she's at least somewhat prepared in the very very off chance it were to happen to her. I'd recommend others do the same. Anyone have recommendations on how best to respond if you experience this problem? Turn off the car, put it in neutral? What's the best approach?
When you are operating a 1-2 ton piece of machinery, you NEED to be aware and able to deal with situations. When a part fails, things happen. In this case you have a power steering uint hat failed. IE: Its tougher to steer. How many people reading these Sonata forums can claim to be able to have driven a MANUAL rack car of any make model? I would bet less than .5%. People take for granted what assists are in a vehicle produced today.
If you have a drivers license you should be required to be able to handle such a problem Period. To lay blame to a failure of a mechanical piece (power steering in this case) is passing off the blame of ones inablity to control/operate a vehicle.
Yet another case of point the finger versus being responsible to drive ones car and be aware of possilble failure scenarios. Time to be responsible people and realize that while its a car and billlions of them are on the road its no different then operation a front loader....
USA people are numb to real world applications of vehicle operation. They see it as a right and its a PRIVLIDGE. I think testing for licenses should be way more strict to remove the cell phone answering, texting, not paying attention to the task at hand drivers.
Given the limited to non-existant facts in this situation my post in this situation would be "Hey, have you had and EPS light illuminate?". Get real. Stop blaming and take responsiblity......