Two automakers have just announced voluntary vehicle recalls. Hyundai Motor
Co. is recalling some 140,000 Sonata sedans because of a problem with
the steering column that could cause a driver to experience partial or
complete loss of steering ability. The cars affected by the recall were
made between December 11, 2009 and September 10, 2010.
Hyundai says that it will update the power steering software for free. The automaker says that to its knowledge, less than 10 vehicles have exhibited the steering problem. No injuries or accidents related to the auto defect have been reported.
General Motors’s also announced a new auto recall because of an airbag issue. Its Cadillac division is recalling 2,224 CTS All-Wheel Drive and CTS-V (2009 and 2010) models that were sold in the US. GM says that there is a problem with its front passenger knee airbag that could place an unbelted small adult who is less than 5 feet tall and weighs less than 110 pounds to sustain a leg injury if a front-end car crash occurs and the glove box was to strike the passenger’s leg while moving to let the airbag deploy.
According to the automaker, the risk of injury to that person’s femur is greater than what is allowed under the federal safety standard. The car failed to meet the federal safety standard by 1% the first time it was tested and was not in compliance by 3% during a second test. GM says it has no knowledge of injuries resulting from the airbag defect.
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Airbag Problem Leads To Recall Of Some Cadillac CTS Models, Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2010
GM Recalls 2009 – 2010 Cadillac CTS and CTS-V, US News and World Report, September 21, 2010
Hyundai Sonatas recalled after steering column problem, Fox41, September 26, 2010
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