Hyundai is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering, according to a report the company filed with U.S. auto safety regulators.
The recall affects four-door Elantra sedans produced between June 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009-10 model year Elantra Touring hatchbacks, according to Hyundai.
The defect might affect an estimated three percent of those cars.
“Steering control can be maintained, however, the vehicle will revert to a manual steering mode, requiring greater driver effort, particularly at low speeds. This could result in an increased risk of a crash.”
The carmaker understood that the loss of power steering assist has not been considered a safety defect in the United States when manual steering was maintained.
“More recently, however, the industry has increasingly handled similar issues through safety recalls due to the greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds. To remain consistent with that industry trend, Hyundai has decided to conduct this campaign as a safety recall.”
The company did not mention whether there had been any incidents involving the defect.