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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating possible steering mechanism problems on some 2011 Hyundai Sonatas. The investigation is based on two incidents reported by Hyundai itself through the government's "Early Warning Reporting" system, a Hyundai spokesman said.

In one case, a universal joint that helps connect the steering wheel to the front wheels allegedly came loose, resulting in a complete loss of steering control, as reported in a NHTSA document. In the other case, a defective bolt caused loosening, but not total separation, of the universal joint. There were no crashes or injuries in either case, Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said.

More @ http://money.cnn.com/2010/08/31/autos/hyun...ation/index.htm
 

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Oops!! wondering if this could also be somehow related to left pull issue..
 

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It's official now. Hope I don't have to go to the dealer, hate those c#nts.

Bleeped myself since the c word is allowed!
 

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Would be nice if they found a reason why cars are pulling like this. But the article doesn't mention anything about a pulling problem at all. It mentions a broken bolt.
 

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QUOTE ("Market News: Consumer Cycles")
UPDATE 3-U.S. regulators probe Hyundai Sonata steering
08/31/2010 02:54 PM EDT
Copyright 2010 Reuters
* Shaft allegedly decoupled, leading to steering loss

* Similar NHTSA probe into Kia Soul began last month

* No recall, preliminary investigation has begun

* Sonatas involved were built in the same month-NHTSA (Adds Canadian Sonata sales)

By Bernie Woodall

DETROIT, Aug 31 (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation into claims Hyundai Motor Co's <005380.KS> best-selling car in America, the Sonata sedan, may have steering problems, government officials said on Tuesday.

There have been no injuries or accidents reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or Hyundai regarding the steering issue, NHTSA and company officials said.

Steering could be a problem on 16,300 Sonata sedans that were built in the same month at Hyundai's plant in Alabama, according to the NHTSA, which also said Sonatas cited in its reports each had fewer than 600 miles driven on them.

NHTSA said it will investigate to verify consumer complaints that "the steering shaft allegedly decoupled from the hand wheel resulting in a complete loss of steering capability."

NHTSA opened the investigation for the Sonatas last Friday, a day after it began a preliminary investigation into an estimated 37,889 model-year 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDIs that may have engine stalling problems. NHTSA said it received seven complaints on the engine problems.

On Aug. 23, after receiving 217 consumer complaints, NHTSA opened a probe regarding possible fuel spills during refueling on as many as 223,000 Chrysler Jeep Wranglers from model years 2007 and 2008.

No crashes or injuries have been reported to NHTSA regarding the Wrangler or the Jetta issues.

Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said two Sonata customers brought their sedans to Hyundai dealerships complaining of steering problems. Those cars were fixed and returned to the owners.

The Sonata is a key to Hyundai's success in the U.S. market, and the South Korean automaker is advertising it as an alternative to the more expensive Japanese sedans of similar size.

Through July, the 108,000 Sonata sedans sold accounted for 46 percent of Hyundai's U.S. car segment sales this year. About 8,000 more were sold in Canada, Hyundai said.

The Sonatas for the U.S. and Canadian markets are built at a Hyundai plant in Alabama. Sonatas sold outside those markets are built in South Korea.

Last month, a similar preliminary investigation was opened by NHTSA for the Kia Soul after a driver complained of a total loss of steering and limited braking in a car that was two months old and had about 4,300 miles driven on it.

Hyundai's Trainor said the Soul and the Sonata issues are unrelated and it has not been determined if steering issues on either model are related to supplier parts.

Hyundai's sister company, Kia, builds the Soul in South Korea.

The Soul is the rival to the Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> Scion brand targeted at younger drivers.

Hyundai's U.S. sales are up 23 percent from last year through July, and U.S. sales for the Sonata were nearly 18,000, according to Autodata. In 2009, while the overall U.S. auto industry suffered a 21 percent drop in sales, Hyundai was the only major automaker to increase sales and market share.

Kia's share of the U.S. market so far this year is 3.1 percent.

In 2008, Hyundai sales accounted for 3 percent of the U.S. market. Through July this year, its market share is 4.6 percent.

Kia sales through July were up 16 percent, outperforming the U.S. overall market's 14 percent gain. (Reporting by Bernie Woodall; editing by Andre Grenon and Maureen Bavdek)
 

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this is definitely related to the loose feeling steering wheel - steering column that I and other's have brought up here on this forum.
 

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That article says they've sold about 100,000 of these cars. If only 2 out of 100,000 had problems I guess we shouldn't panic. I'm sure you can find an occasional bad car for every make/model.
 

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yeah but the freak problem is occuring after the 4000 mile marker, my car is just a tad bit 4000 miles and in my previous post, I have brought up the issue of a loose feeling steering column.

so realistically, the freak breakage can happen to me tonight on the way home or anytime here on after. the chances of it happening is now much higher since I am in the 4000 mile range

QUOTE (cdwarrior @ Aug 31 2010, 03:40 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353348
That article says they've sold about 100,000 of these cars. If only 2 out of 100,000 had problems I guess we shouldn't panic. I'm sure you can find an occasional bad car for every make/model.
 

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atleast from "bearcats" posting above:

"Steering could be a problem on 16,300 Sonata sedans that were built in the same month at Hyundai's plant in Alabama, according to the NHTSA, which also said Sonatas cited in its reports each had fewer than 600 miles driven on them"

They should have disclosed what month were these cars manufactured so that we can look up the date on our cars.
 

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Agreed - it would be helpful to know which month has the "alleged" or potential problem.

I'm also wondering what could be different, month to month, on the vehicle?
 

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QUOTE (11sonatase @ Aug 31 2010, 05:46 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353363
They should have disclosed what month were these cars manufactured so that we can look up the date on our cars.
Absolutely. I might take a look myself; don't want to be that one in a 100K statistic :innocent:. I'm also curious about the dead pedal vibration at 70/80 mph.
 

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QUOTE (mayasonata @ Aug 31 2010, 04:30 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353344
this is definitely related to the loose feeling steering wheel - steering column that I and other's have brought up here on this forum.
Yup, This was my third thing on my list today and they told me they could not replicate the problem - I was less that half a mile away when I hit a slightly recessed manhole cover and "clack-clack" :wallbash: Maybe I am missing it but what month of manufacture are they talking about?
 

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QUOTE (JohnWho @ Aug 31 2010, 06:51 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353381
Agreed - it would be helpful to know which month has the "alleged" or potential problem.

I'm also wondering what could be different, month to month, on the vehicle?
Manufacturing process changes, noticing an employee doing a procedure incorrectly, a new supplier for a part, specifications changes. There are tons of variables.

However, I believe its VERY intentional not to release the dates of vehicles being involved. Then Hyundai would be inundated with people bringing in their cars. I would hope they would have a "safety initiative" to get these cars in and checked before you have a Toyota issue on their hands. You know, blatantly obvious over blown reporting by the media to whip up the public into a frenzy.

I will admit that a disconnected steering wheel has me more worried than sudden acceleration. :wacko:
 

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Not to worried. Every product that is man made has problems. Nothing is perfect but some of you feel that it should be.
 

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QUOTE (OMEGA_WEAPON @ Sep 1 2010, 10:08 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353523
You're not too worried until you crash, badly injure yourself, and begin scheming for the next lawsuit.
Worrying about problems only manifest them. That is my belief anyway.
 

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QUOTE (OMEGA_WEAPON @ Sep 1 2010, 10:08 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=353523
You're not too worried until you crash, badly injure yourself, and begin scheming for the next lawsuit.
Two instances out of 100K cars is ALL we have right now. We are all inferring a lot more than we have factually available. There is a suspicion of 16K+ possible cars within a certain time period but right now those facts are being played close to the vest.

Lets be vigilant without screaming the sky is falling.
 

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Since they all came from 1 Plant I would suspect it to be 1 Model also such as GLS, or SE, or Limited. I remember the lady who posted a video on Youtube had a GLS. Hopefuly we will know soon.
Also they indicated the problem occurs in the first 600 miles of driving.
 

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Please let me know if any of you wrap yourself around a tree because the steering wheel falls off. That's a deal breaker on my Sonata purchase.
 
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