Hyundai Recalls Thousands Of Sonatas, Accents To Fix Engine Fail, Brake Lights

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2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata, 2009-2011 Hyundai Accent Recalled: 570,000 U.S. Vehicles Affected.

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling nearly a half-million midsize cars in the U.S. to replace the engines because a manufacturing problem could cause them to fail. According to bulletins from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata may suffer from a major engine problem, while the 2009-2011 Hyundai Accent has issues with its lighting system that could affect more than a few lightbulbs.

The larger and potentially more serious campaign covers 470,000 units of the 2011-2012 Sonata with production dates between December 11, 2009, and April 12, 2012 at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. If the debris was not completely removed, oil flow may be restricted through the connecting rod bearings, causing connecting rod damage.” And that, as some of you unfortunately know, is a recipe for disaster. “Blowing a rod” isn’t just a terrifying experience for a driver (imagine a very caffeinated, very angry metal kangaroo bouncing around your engine compartment), it’s also a great way to destroy an engine. First, the company will have the vehicles come in for an inspection, and if necessary will “replace the engine assembly.” The company will also extend the warranty on the short block to 10 years/120,000 miles for all owners. The company said in documents that a worn connecting rod bearing will make a cyclical knocking noise, and it also could cause the oil pressure warning light to illuminate.

This can lead to a variety of problems, including the brake lights not coming on, the inability to turn off the cruise control with the pedal, and the shifter not moving out of Park. In June of 2015, NHTSA raised the issue with Hyundai, which said it didn’t consider the issue to be a safety problem because owners would get warnings.

If you own one of these vehicles and you have questions, you’re encouraged to contact Hyundai customer service at 855-671-3059 or visit As NHTSA explains in a defect report: “The stop lamp switch on vehicles in the subject recall population may experience intermittent switch point contact when the brake pedal is depressed. The result is what Ford calls the “toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.” Today’s reveal only covers the styling, structure, and some of the features of the new truck.

Actual numbers to go with that capability claim will be part of the slow trickle of information dripped out between now and the start of production in fall 2016. The current F-450 claims a towing capacity 31,200 pounds, recently topped by the 2016 Ram 3500 claim of 31,210 pounds. (This is an ongoing fight between the two companies.) What we can tell you is that the frame is now made of 95 percent high-stength steel, six times more than before.

Brian Rathsburg, Super Duty marketing manager, says this “is the most significant update since it was introduced as a nameplate 18 years ago.” The updates also include a slew of electronic features, some first seen on the F-150. It uses the cameras in the side mirrors (part of the 360-degree view system) to look back behind the truck, so that the system still functions with a trailer attached. All told, there are up to seven cameras on the Super Duty, including one in the top of the windshield for lane-departure warning and automatic high beams. You can see the resemblance to the F-150 in the Super Duty’s styling, but lead designer Gordon Plato says the heavy duty version has more of a horizontal theme in contrast to the vertical lines of the half-ton.

Together, high-strength steel and high-strength aluminum alloy help reduce weight by up to 350 pounds while Ford is reinvesting additional weight savings everywhere it counts, to give customers more towing and hauling capability than ever before. Super Duty chassis cab features an all-new, high-strength steel frame with an open-C-channel design behind the cab to enable easy aftermarket body upfit and modification. There are 16 segment-first new features – from LED lighting to adaptive cruise control – that assist Super Duty drivers to make driving and work situations easier and more comfortable. Customers will benefit from a segment-first, in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system from the comfort of the cab while stopped or on the highway.

Adaptive steering provides for increased confidence to help make towing the heaviest of loads easier and brings greater ease to navigating job sites and parking lots – with or without a trailer. The technology reduces the amount of steering input needed to change direction at low speed, while reducing sensitivity to steering input at higher speeds. All three cabs – Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab – are longer and feature a new interior design, including dual compartment glove box, overhead console-mounted auxiliary switches to operate aftermarket equipment, and completely flat SuperCab and Crew Cab second-row floors that make loading large items in the cab easy.

– Remote tailgate lock and release: Tailgate can be locked/unlocked and opened with the key fob, eliminating manual locking and increasing convenience and security.

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