Hyundai issued a recall of Sonata sedans due to a problem that could cause drivers to lose control of the steering. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Sunday that 139,500 Hyundai Sonatas of model year 2011 are subject to this Hyundai recall – pretty much all of the Sonatas sold in the U.S.
This recall is not the first struggle for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Problems with the door-lock mechanism surfaced when the cars were first released but a speedy recall solved the problem.
Hyundai issued the standard, “Really it is not a big deal,” statement with the recall. To some extent, this is correct, there have been no reported accidents from this steering defect. The larger problem is whether this is a tipping point for Hyundai, a successful company some might argue grew too fast to maintain the quality for which it was known.