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Massive Hyundai Sonata Recall Puts a Damper on New Car’s Success

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Some Sonatas will roll away; others may have braking issues

The Hyundai Sonata has been on a roll lately, but following today’s recall, it looks like it might be the wrong kind of roll. (Yay for puns.) According to The Detroit News, Hyundai is recalling nearly 890,000 Sonata models due to two separate issues, though one issue affects models from 2011 – 2014 and the other affects just the newly released 2015 model.

2015 Hyundai Sonata recall

The 2015 Sonata is part of a massive Hyundai Sonata recall that claims nearly 890,000 cars.

The first Hyundai Sonata recall affects approximately 883,000 vehicles. Reportedly, the shift cable can become disconnected, which means that the car can magically switch out of park and go for a little ride, unattended. Hyundai reports that it has received 1,171 warranty claims related to this issue. Once officially alerted of the recall, customers will need to schedule an appointment with their local dealers and take their Sonatas in to be inspected and, if necessary, repaired.

The second Hyundai Sonata recall, while much smaller, is a huge blow to the success that the 2015 Sonata has been experiencing. Some 5,650 new models may have cracked front brake calipers. This has led to a stop sale of all 2015 Sonata; Hyundai reached out to affected customers last month and told them to stop driving their new cars, although no crashes have been reported.

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    Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.