February 25, 2010 09:13
Hyundai Motor is recalling its new Sonata sedan in Korea and the U.S. due to faulty latches on the vehicle's front doors, it said Wednesday. The recall affects about 1,300 vehicles produced in the U.S. between Dec. 1 last year and Feb. 16 this year, and another 47,000 manufactured in Korea from Sept. 3 to Dec. 6 last year.
The huge difference in numbers is because sales in the U.S. only began this month, while the new Sonata has been on the market here since last September.
When opening the front door and then trying to close it again while the vehicle is stationary, the latch sometimes gets stuck and the door can't be closed, Hyundai said. While it is clear with the naked eye that the door has not closed and a warning sign appears on the dashboard and accidents are therefore unlikely, it decided on a preemptive recall just in case.
The firm says in vehicles produced after the affected period the problem has already been fixed.
Hyundai also plans to halt the sale of the 5,000 Sonatas already displayed in dealerships in the U.S. until the parts have been replaced. In Korea, the company will notify the Ministry of Land, Transportation and Marine Affairs of the recall within the week and fix the parts starting next month.
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