Hyundai has announced plans to recall 240,000 Sonata and Azera models
registered in the northern United States over corrosion caused by the
use of road salt. Exposure to the salt can cause rust to form (we
know, basic chemistry here), and that the corrosion can change the
alignment of the rear wheels, according to Reuters.
Sonatas from the 2006 to 2010 model years, built between March 1, 2005
and January 21, 2010, and Azeras from the 2006 to 2011 model years,
built between September 27, 2005 and November 22, 2010, are covered
only if they were registered in the following states: Connecticut,
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin
and Washington, DC. So basically, every state from the Midwest, to the
central Atlantic coast, to New England. It is unclear exactly how many
Sonatas or Azeras make up the 240,000 total number.
Hyundai is also recalling 20,300 of its 2013 Santa Fe Sports, while
sister company Kia is recalling 9,345 2014 Sorentos. This second
recall only covers Santa Fe Sport and Sorento models with the base,
2.4-liter engine and front-wheel drive. Apparently, the front axle
driveshaft can develop cracks and separate.