One large recall that stands out this year is when Hyundai and Kia, which are owned by the same South Korean company, recalled an estimated combined 1.8 million vehicles due to issues with the electrical and airbag systems. The problems could have caused serious injuries for drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. Hyundai and Kia are now issuing a few new recalls this week. Hyundai is recalling 240,000 older Sonata and Azera models, 20,300 2013 Santa Fe models, and Kia is recalling 9,345 2014 Sorrento vehicles.
According to the NHTSA, the Hyundai Sonata vehicles are from model years 2006 to 2010, and were manufactured from March 1, 2005 to January 21, 2010. The Hyundai Azera vehicles are from the model years 2006 to 2011, and were manufactured from September 27, 2005 to November 22, 2010. The models are being recalled in cold weather states due to possible corrosion that could affect the alignment on the rear wheels of the vehicles.
Cold-weather states, such as those located in the northeast region of the United States, use road salt to lessen the likelihood that motorists will slip or skid on ice. However, the road salt can cause the steel on the undersides of the vehicles to rust, and lead to misaligned wheels, according to the Christian Science Monitor. No crashes or injuries due to the issue have been reported.
The other recalls only involve Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento vehicles with front-wheel drive and 2.4-liter engines. According to Reuters, “the right front axle driveshaft may develop a crack, which could cause a separation of the shaft, which could lead to a crash.” Hyundai and Kia are also unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue. Hyundai will contact owners of the affected vehicles beginning next month, and will provide free repairs for damaged parts.