WASHINGTON – Hyundai Motor America is recalling 470,000 2011-’12 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedans because possible engine failure may result in a stalling risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected Sonatas were built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and are equipped with either a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline direct-injection engine.
“Metallic debris may not have been fully removed during manufacturing of the engine crankshaft,” NHTSA said in its recall summary. “If the debris was not complete removed, oil flow may be restricted through the connected rod bearings, causing connecting rod damage.
“A worn connecting rod bearing will produce a metallic, cyclic knocking noise from the engine and possible engine failure. Engine failure would result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.”
There are no accidents or injuries linked to the recall, Hyundai told federal safety regulators.
Hyundai dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the engine assembly, as necessary.
Hyundai Motor America also will increase the warranty for the engine sub-assembly or short block to 10 years/120,000 miles for original and subsequent owners of the affected cars.
Owners can expect to receive an interim notification of the recall by November 2. A second notification will be mailed when parts are available. Owners can contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059.
Edmunds says: Hyundai dealers are waiting for parts in this recall. Owners with an immediate concern should contact their dealer’s service department now.