Hyundai will issue two separate recalls of about 260,000 total vehicles, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), for possible problems with corrosion and axle separation. No crashes or injuries have been reported in relation to either recall, according to the South Korean automaker.
The first Hyundai recall involves approximately 240,000 Sonata and Azera sedans manufactured between 2005 and 2011 and sold in the District of Columbia and 20 US states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
According to the NHTSA filing, the salt used on roads during colder weather in these states could rust the steel undersides of the vehicles, which could cause misalignment of the rear wheels.
Affected models include 2006 to 2010 Sonatas manufactured between March 1, 2005, and Jan. 21, 2010, and 2006 to 2011 Azera sedans manufactured between Sept. 27, 2005, and Nov. 22, 2010.
The second recall includes 20,300 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs with front-wheel drive and 2.4-liter engines. The driveshaft on the right front axle could crack, separating the shaft and possibly causing a crash.
Separately, Kia Motors recalled 9,345 Sorrento Crossovers for the same issue.
Last month, the NHTSA investigated the Hyundai Santa Fe’s axle issue after two owners complained about losing vehicle control.
Hyundai will contact affected owners next month, and dealers will inspect and repair damaged parts free of charge.