Hyundai U.S. dealers to fix a steering problem found in some 2011 Sonatas

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 16, 2011

After receiving over 4,000 complaints on the steering system of the 2011 Sonata mid-sized sedans, Hyundai Motor America announced that its U.S. dealers are prepared to undertake repairs. The company clarifies that this is not a recall but is a service campaign. According to drivers, the 2011 Sonata has a tendency to drift or pull to the left.

Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said that this problem may affect around 41,000 Sonatas with 18-inch wheels.

He said that the complaints that it has received or has tracked account for just 3% of the almost 150,000 Sonatas produced during the period from September 2010 through April 2011. A total of 198 complaints on the 2011 Sonata's steering were received by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

These complaints were similar to the problems involved in this campaign. Trainor said that customers could call their dealer to set up an appointment so that the Sonata's wheel alignment and tracking can be examined and fixed.

If the dealer determines that the car is affected by the issue, new front suspension struts will be installed and they may also perform a wheel alignment.

Both of these processes will be done for free. In 2010, Hyundai issued the recall of about 138,000 2011 Sonatas but this stemmed from complaints that a steering shaft may get detached from the steering wheel.

Imagine a car with the power of a V6 but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder engine. The all-new Hyundai Sonata 2011 was finally launched at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. During the presentation, the popular midsize sedan embodies an all-new technology and highly modern design philosophy.

The latest Hyundai Sonata now houses a four-cylinder engine to match its sophisticated flowing lines and other lavish features inside and out. Also, one doesn’t have to spend a fortune just to experience comfort and luxury. The 2011 model is sleek, smart, solid, modern, and sophisticated all rolled into one.

To represent Hyundai’s up and coming fluid design identity, the designers went over and beyond to produce a constantly flowing illusion, which is very evident in the Sonata’s sophisticated shapes, smooth angles and rigid surfaces.

The designers came up with a low, light and extensively long profile that interrelates with the 3rd window’s long roofline and high beltline. Meanwhile, the chrome accessories enhance the monoform look on the sides.

The previous models are usually adorned with chrome accents on the windows. But instead, the new Sonata has a bigger, powerful chrome grille and a pair of headlamps with chrome trimmings that go all the way around the car’s exterior. On the other hand, the 16-17-18 multi-spoke wheels enhance the solid structure of the all-new sedan.

Similarly, the new style philosophy is carried in all aspects with the Sonata’s highly luxurious interior amenities. Passengers and the driver will experience the comfort and convenience of the new flow-through control panel and centre console in fluid designs.

The second car in line (after the all-new Tucson) will also introduce Hyundai’s latest 4-cylinder Theta II DDI 2.4 litre engine with GDI system for efficient fuel and fewer emissions.

The Sonata is in fact the first naturally aspirated powertrain to employ Gasoline Direct Injection technology as built-in equipment. This system provides sufficient control of fuel in real time for better and efficient fuel delivery. A 2,175psi high-pressure pump runs the fuel injection while utilising an above normal compression ratio of 11.3:1.

The pistons are dipped to improve the cylinder’s combustion. Generally, the new Sonata brings world-class fuel economy, superior horsepower and powerful torque.

Furthermore, Hyundai’s sleek design philosophy is even more enhanced with their knowledge in interior packaging. As a result, the all-new Sonata’s interior is an epitome of practicality, functionality and comfort.

The 2011 model’s very sleek roofline has an even more impressive interior volume than that of its major competitors. In fact, the car remains under the large vehicle classification by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) due to the extra 120.2 cu ft. space.

Definitely, the new Hyundai Sonata is more spacious than the Malibu, Fusion, Altima and Camry. Not only that, but the midsize sedan also boasts of 16.4 cubic feet of trunk room, giving it a 17.1% advantage over the Honda Accord and a 9.3% advantage over Toyota Camry.

The much-awaited four-cylinder engine and the latest design language are part of Hyundai’s 24/7 product initiative. It goes without saying how the Sonata’s fluidic sculpture design will be a permanent fixture on all Hyundai products coming out in the next two years.

The 24/7 initiative aims to produce a total of 7 new models within 24 months. The first in the line-up is the all-new 2010 Tucson and will be followed up shortly with the production of the 2011 Sonata starting this December 2009. It took three and a half years before Hyundai’s all-new design philosophy was finally interpreted in the first two new models.

Since the latest project will also commemorate its debut in North America, the production will soon take place in Hyundai’s factory in the US. As a matter of fact, the all-new Sonata is expected to be out in the market this coming January 2010.

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