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.

No injuries, accidents or fatalities have been reported due to these recalls. As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not issued an official recall notice, so it's not clear when the recall campaign will begin.


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      taucephei
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live near Syracuse, the snowiest city in the United States; and the place I work receives on average double the amount of snow Syracuse does. We often measure snowfall at the rate of FEET PER HOUR. That said, we use a lot of salt, and vehicles do not last long up here. It’s very common for a 10 year old car’s rocker panels to be completely rusted out. I’m astounded when I travel down south, and especially out into the dry desert west and see cars 20, 30 or more years old that look new! It’s like walking into a time warp.
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @taucephei
        I grew up in NH, but recently lived in NV. I owned an '86 model year vehicle in NH, rust everywhere, lots of breaking bolts and other rust-related problems. I bought a different '86 in Nevada...the condition of the car blew me away! Every bolt came out without even wd-40 as if it were a new car, and there was not a speck of rust on the entire body/frame.
        Rob K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @taucephei
        I don\'t understand why these cities/states don\'t move away from using salt. There are better alternatives. I used to live in Jackson, WY., and they only used sand. It worked just as well as salt and nobody had body rust.
      KC
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about all of Canada?
      ChrisJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the thing about these cars. If you keep a keen eye on the road, you'll be astounded on how many rusty 2-5 year old Hyundai's Kias there are.
      Bryan Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      These vehicles are total crap made for people with little or no credit!
        Kindofa Dick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryan Warren
        Bryan, They used to be exactly that, but now compete with any vehicle on the road. You might've been able to see that if your head wasn't buried so far up you moronic ass.
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryan Warren
        I'll pit my 2006 Hyundai Sonata with 127000 miles, all of which I have put on it since new, against any other car of that year for reliability. I live in Florida and would pack my car and drive to Seattle without any doubt that my car would be just fine. I have never had ANY problems with the car other than basic maintenance. Go buy your Chrysler Product that will fall appart, Road Salt or not, in 5 years. Brainless.
      allston
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, i wish Honda would do some recalls like this one. There are numerous cases that I've seen with the Acura cancer/Honda rust that also cause mis-alignment.
      Toxic
      • 2 Years Ago
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      _M7_
      • 2 Years Ago
      not a surprise whit korean cars...after seen teh chasis materials and how is it made
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        The car was built right here in the USA in Birmingham, AL with steel and other materials made right here in the USA so with that's comment your saying that the USA is making cheap stuff? Wow. The fact is all cars have issues with rust from road salt, it's a fact look it up. At least they are stepping up to try and fix the problem unlike others.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        LOL so you've never seen an American vehicle suffer rust before.
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love how they snuck in that other recall but no mention in the title.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      But but but, what about that can of Rustoleum we placed in the trunk, .........
      Neouka
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm actually worried about Pontiac G8s rusting out prematurely. They're neat cars for sure and nice to see on the road around here. I even had a Commodore SV6 as a rental when I was down under on holiday. The G8s were made in Australia where they don't really have to worry about snow and road salt... it'd be a shame to see a bunch of rusty-ass G8s in a few years, and if they do, sure as hell GM won't give two ***** about them either.
      Mihela816
      • 2 Years Ago
      No South Dakota? You can't take any Nissan or Hyundai in for an alignment here without breaking all the cam bolts.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      One way to get rich, develop a 3 minute drive over car wash.
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