Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling close to 140,000 of its 2011 Sonata sedans because of concerns that an unacceptably assembled steering column could cause drivers to lose control, the company said Sunday.
The carmaker said it knew of fewer than 10 instances of drivers reporting issues with steering on the new Sonata, manufactured in Montgomery, Ala. No injuries or accidents connected to the problem had been reported at the time of the recall, the company said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigate the 2011 Sonata since late August, following consumers reported that they had lost the ability to steer the cars.
Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainer said the loss of steering control was a worst-case scenario for the defect, which has to do with a bolt that connects the steering wheel to the steering column. In common, owners reported the issue after feeling looseness when they were steering or heard a sound when turning.