The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently forced Hyundai to recall 204,768 Elantras and Touring Elantras due to safety issues with their power steering.
The recall affects 2008-2010 Hyundai Elantras and 2009-2010 Hyundai Touring Elantras.
Both of the recalled Hyundai models contain a potentially defective torque signal sensor, which wrongly tells the cars’ computer to turn off power steering. This can be especially dangerous at low speeds, given the amount of force unexpectedly needed for a driver to turn the car.
Hyundai has known of the problem for years, but it has always insisted that it is not a safety issue. Until recently, Hyundai insisted that the force necessary to steer the vehicle without electronic power steering was within acceptable limits. Eventually Hyundai came around and used a recall to handle the issue.
At this time, it is unclear if Hyundai will be offering to replace the torque sensors or do a software update. The company has not offered a timeline for making the decision.
If you are faced with the loss of power steering in your Hyundai Elantra or Hyundai Touring, the following steps can keep you and your passengers safe.
- Don’t panic. Remain calm and continue to drive safely in your lane. Avoid swerving in traffic and causing an accident.
- Honk your horn and use your blinkers or emergency flashing lights to warn other motorists that you are having car trouble.
- Slow down. Begin breaking and slowing down the speed of your vehicle. Steering a car without power steering will be difficult. Use your strength to steer the car out of traffic and to a safe location.
- Stop the car and turn off the engine. When safe, leave the vehicle and call for mechanical assistance.
If you or someone you know has one of these cars, contact BKC today to learn more about the recall and your car’s safety. Our team of personal injury attorneys can advise on further action towards negligent manufacturers. We can be reached at: (888) 711-0788.