Hyundai Recalls 140,000 Cars

Hyundai Motor announced Sunday that it will recall about 140,000 Sonata sedans in the U.S. due to a safety defect that may result in lost or or reduced steering capability. The voluntary recall at South Korea's largest auto maker affects Sonatas built between Dec. 11, 2009, and Sept. 10, 2010. “Hyundai dealers will inspect the steering column intermediate shaft universal joint connections for proper assembly and torque and make corrections if needed,” said a statement by Hyundai. “Hyundai has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is voluntarily initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of vehicles and the continued satisfaction of its customers.” The safety defect has affected fewer than 10 cars, according to Hyundai, and no accidents or injuries have resulted.