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Recall Roundup: Hyundai Recalls 2011 Sonata to Replace Power Steering Circuit Board

Recall Roundup: Hyundai Recalls 2011 Sonata to Replace Power Steering Circuit Board

By Joseph Dobrian, April 12, 2016
During the past week, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, and Subaru issued recalls affecting approximately 206,000 vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The largest action comes from Hyundai, which has recalled 173,000 Sonatas from the 2011 model year because of power steering circuit board damage. Details for each safety recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.


2004-2007 Honda Accord
  • Number of vehicles affected: 11,602
  • Date of manufacture: October 1, 2003 to August 17, 2007
  • Issue: An incorrect passenger frontal air bag module that does not comply with advanced air bag requirements.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the air bag module, as necessary, free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin May 5, 2016. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.
  • Manufacturer recall number: JZ3
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V178000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 173,000
  • Date of manufacture: December 11, 2009 to October 31, 2010
  • Issue: The electronic power steering (EPS) circuit board may be damaged and result in a loss of power steering assist. With a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required, especially at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EPS unit free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin May 30, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9640.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 143
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V190000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 2,263
  • Date of manufacture: May 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
  • Issue: When the vehicle's engine is running and the brake lights are illuminated, if the turn signal is activated, the trailer turn signal lights will either turn off or remain continuously illuminated (not flash). Failure to illuminate the trailer's turn signal lights would prevent the communication of the driver's intent, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the tow-hitch harness free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin May 6, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9640.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 142
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V147000


2016 Nissan Frontier
  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,554
  • Date of manufacture: February 29, 2016 to March 7, 2016
  • Issue: The starter motor wire harness may have been installed in an incorrect position, allowing the starter harness terminal to contact the heat shield and result in an electrical short.
  • Remedy: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and reposition the starter wire harness, as necessary, free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in April 2016. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V181000


2015-2016 Subaru Forester
2015-2016 Subaru WRX
  • Number of vehicles affected: 18,200
  • Date of manufacture: April 10, 2015 to October 21, 2015
  • Issue: The turbocharger air intake duct may crack and possibly result in an engine stall.
  • Remedy: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the turbocharger air intake duct, and replace it as necessary, free of charge, depending on the lot number found on the duct.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783.
  • Manufacturer recall number: WTA-62
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V162000

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