According to the Korean automaker Hyundai, roughly 883,000 of its popular 2011 through 2014 Sonatas are now under recall due to issues with the sedan’s gear shift levers. The automatic transmission shift cable within the Sonata has the ability to disconnect from the shift lever, which could cause the vehicle not to show the correct gear. If this instance were to occur, it would significantly increase the likelihood of a crash.
An example of dangerous situation that could unfold is when the driver believes he or she has put the vehicle in park, when in fact it may still be in gear. If this is the case, the Sonata has the potential to roll away and injure drivers, passengers or bystanders. The Sonata may also have issues being started considering the car may not be shifted into park. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received documents from Hyundai about the problems last Wednesday.
Before the recall was announced, Hyundai received 1,171 warranty claims related to the problem, including seven more reports with symptoms of the issue. According to Hyundai’s documents, there have not been any crashes or injuries related to the defective gear shift lever. The recalled Sonatas were manufactured from Dec. 2009 through May of 2014.
Hyundai is in the process of notifying customers by mail between now and September. Hyundai dealers also will be inspecting shift cables and will repair the connection free of charge. For more information on this recall, call Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151.