The current Hyundai Sonata is being recalled in the USA over a steering shaft problem. This recall exercise will involve 139,500 model year 2011 cars that were assembled at the company’s Alabama plant from December 2009 to this month.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report explains that “on some of these vehicles the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections may have been either improperly assembled or insufficiently tightened.” The worst case scenario is “a complete separation of compromised attachment of the connections, such that the driver could experience a loss of, or reduction in, steering capability increasing the risk of a crash.”

Sonatas brought in to dealers will have their shaft universal joint connections inspected for proper assembly. The power steering software will also be updated free of charge.

Local owners need not worry. Hyundai Motor Company has confirmed that Korean made Sonatas are not affected, and our market’s Sonata YF rolls out from HMC’s Asan plant in South Korea. Our sources have confirmed that there will be no recall in Malaysia. By the way, local spec Sonatas do not use the US market car’s EPS steering, but a hydraulic setup.