There are plenty of things that can go wrong in a car, some more vital than others. Automakers try their best to make sure they don't, but things slip through, like the shift cables on the Hyundai Sonata.

Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have found that, on 883,000 units of the MY2011-2014 Sonata manufactured between December 11, 2009, and May 29, 2014, the shift cable in the transmission is prone to detach from the shift lever. As a result, the gear indicated and the gear engaged might not match, which could set the vehicle in motion unexpectedly. Worse than that, the Park position might not engage altogether, and without the hand brake pulled, that could lead the car to roll away without warning.

In an entirely separate recall affecting a much smaller number of 2015 Sonatas, Hyundai has found that the front brake calipers could fracture. This second recall affects a relatively small 5,650 units manufactured between April 25 and June 16, 2014.

In both cases, Hyundai is instructing owners to bring in their vehicles to have the parts repaired (in the case of the shift cables) or replaced (in the case of the brake calipers), but in the latter instance, it's also warning owners not to drive their cars until the issue is addressed. Find details of both recalls in the notices below.
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RECALL Subject : Transmission Shift Cable Detachment/Rollaway Risk
Report Receipt Date: JUL 18, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V434000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 883,000
Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009, through May 29, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may detach from from the shift lever pin.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the transmission shift cable detaches, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Furthermore, when the driver parks the vehicle, despite selecting the 'PARK' position, the transmission may not be in 'PARK.' If the vehicle is not in the 'PARK' position and the parking brake is not applied, there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

REMEDY:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, repair the connection between the shift cable and shift lever, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 123.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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RECALL Subject : Brake Caliper may Fracture
Report Receipt Date: JUN 24, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V368000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,650
Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured April 25, 2014, through June 16, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, one or both of the front brake calipers may fracture.

CONSEQUENCE:
If a brake caliper fractures, brake effectiveness would be reduced, lengthening to distance required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Hyundai contacted the affected owners on June 19, 2014 and instructed them not to drive their vehicles. Hyundai dealers will replace the affected brake calipers, free of charge. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 120.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      merlot066
      • 4 Months Ago
      Has there already been a recall for shift position sensors or is this the same problem? My friend's Sonata was in park but the car thought he was in drive so he had to have his car towed to the dealer (car can't start if it thinks the transmission is in drive).
      Cruising
      • 4 Months Ago
      That's why cars have a hand brake, use the dam thing it's like the final line of defense. You never know.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Cruising
        Sonata uses a foot brake, not a hand brake. Also most people do not use it because they tend to forget that it is on. Go ahead give me the speech of how you are an amazing driver and you never forget anything.
          Cruising
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Do most people forget to wipe their bums, no excuse.
          merlot066
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          I use my parking brake (foot brake) every time I put my car in park. One week of solid concentration to remember to disengage it and I bet even the simplest of morons can make a habit out of it.
          Dmitriy Markelov
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Any excuse for not using a parking brake is a stupid one.
      Plan B
      • 4 Months Ago
      So does this not affect the Kia Optima as well since they mostly use the same components?
      FallingTitan
      • 4 Months Ago
      typical hyundai issues. These cars usually fall apart day after warranty
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 4 Months Ago
        @FallingTitan
        I think you forgot that every automaker has recalls and GM has recalled something like 30 million vehicles so far this year. Ignorance is bliss though right?
        ChrisR2525
        • 4 Months Ago
        @FallingTitan
        Yeah...b/c American car companies build perfect cars that never have ANY issues...Pfft..right...
      Finklestein
      • 4 Months Ago
      Korean quality at its finest
        Kevin
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Finklestein
        You do realize that these are built in Alabama by Americans right???
      Larry Litmanen
      • 4 Months Ago
      Ohhhh come on, now i have to come in late to work when i'll go to the dealer and i have to hide all the cables and GPS from the car. This is why recalls are so inconvenient. But hey if i had a GM i would be doing these every few weeks.
        jjmoonen
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        I concur with onewayroll.............WTF are you talking about Larry?
      Narom
      • 4 Months Ago
      Blimey, didn't realise they sold that many.
      Christopher Kilcolli
      • 4 Months Ago
      Just called Hyundai to see if my 2013 hybrid was affected and she said they haven't gotten a list together yet but if it is I will get a letter by the end of September. That helps a lot...
      Duff Eckstein
      • 3 Months Ago

      I had recall on GM auto and was given a loaner after a lot of talking.  Hyundai does not have such a policy and I need to drive to Fla in two days.  She said I could rent a car and Hyundai might reimburse me.  They almost made me feel like it was my fault.  Shouldn't they be responsible?

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