Hyundai Announces Recall of 155,000 Elantra Models Due to Electronic Stability Control Malfunction

Hyundai is recalling more than 155,000 vehicles due to a malfunction that could reduce engine power when drivers prepare to turn.

According to The New York Times, over 155,000 2011-2012 Hyundai Elantras are being recalled by the South Korean automobile manufacturer because of an electronic stability control malfunction.
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Hyundai issued a full report on the recall through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In some of the recalled vehicles, drivers may experience a loss of power in the engine while making a turn.

When engine power fluctuates during a turn, a sensor within the recalled vehicles may activate the electronic stability control feature when it is not needed, “increasing the risk of a crash,” Hyundai told regulators.

Recalls are quite common in the auto industry, and the complex inner-workings of cars make them highly susceptible to malfunctions. In a survey by the Car Care Council, approximately 89% of vehicles were in need of at least one service or repair.

While many of these repairs are minor, the issue detected in Hyundai Elantras was so severe that the manufacturer had no choice but to issue a recall.

Unfortunately, this is not the only major recall issued by Hyundai in the past month. According to CarScoops, approximately 11,142 models of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis have also been recalled due to a tire issue.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cited a malfunction in the sidewall cracks of the tires. The recalled tires could potentially rupture at any moment, resulting in rapid air loss and making the vehicle uncontrollable.

Hyundai has told customers affected by the tire recall that they will replace the factory tires with those of another brand, free of charge. The recall will begin on Feb. 19.

As for the electronic stability control malfunction, the Korean manufacturer is yet to announce when the recall will begin. Many Elantra owners reported problems with their electronic stability control as early as 2013, which brings the timing of the recall into question.

“It feels as if the auto is driving on flat wheels or on ice,” an Elantra owner from New Jersey wrote in 2013.

However, Hyundai has said that they are not aware of any accidents or injuries related to either vehicle malfunction.

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