Toyota and Hyundai recently announced a recall of a combined 110, 000 trucks and sport utility vehicles in the United States, including the 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, and the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.
Toyota Calls Back Tundra and Sequoia Vehicles
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Inc. said in a report it is recalling roughly 8,800 2017model-year Tundra vehicles and nearly 65,000 2018 Sequoia and Tundra vehicles.
The recall of 2017 Tundra models includes vehicles with second-row passenger seats. This is because there is a likelihood that the bolts holding the left rear seats to the floor may not have been well fastened. In the event of a crash, seats with these bolts may result in a more risk of injury.
In affected 2018 Sequoia and Tundra vehicles, there is a probability that a vehicle diagnostic function may unreasonably turn off the Vehicle Stability Control System and affect other systems.
If this happens, warning lights and messages will be displayed and a warning chime will sound. Turning off the control system could worsen the risk of a crash.
To avoid serious accidents from happening, Toyota dealers will properly tighten the bolts for 2017 Tundra model and will update the software for 2018 Sequoia and Tundra vehicles to customers at no cost.
Hyundai Calls Back Sante Fe SUVs
South Korean automaker Hyundai Corp. is calling back more than 40,000 of its 2018 Santa Fe SUVs because of the possible risk the steering wheel could break away from its column while in use, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall involves 43, 941 Sante Fe and Santa Fe
According to the documents filed by Hyundai with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the SUVs could have been manufactured with faulty steering wheel parts and that no other models from Hyundai or Genesis were affected. An estimated 1 percent of the recalled vehicles were equipped with the faulty parts, the automaker’s report said.
Hyundai also noted that it is aware of two cases where the steering wheel detached but is not aware of any related crashes or injuries.
“The subject vehicles are equipped with steering wheel assemblies that could have been manufactured with insufficient breakage strength, increasing the risk that the steering wheel could separate from the steering column while driving,” Hyundai reports in the documents.
“The mold temperature may have increased during the molding process resulting in damage to certain steering wheel hub assemblies.”
In both cases, Toyota and Hyundai will notify affected owners of the recalled vehicles starting in March. The companies’ dealers will make necessary repairs and changes at no cost.
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