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Hyundai Motors will recall 173,000 model year 2011 Sonata cars in the United States for a potentially defective power steering system.

In a filing to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the South Korean automaker said it would start a safety campaign affecting around 173,000 midsize 2011 Sonata models to fix their electronic power steering circuit board, a system that could fail. Hyundai said the targeted sedans, manufactured between December 11, 2009, to October 31, 2010, could lose power steering and the driver could have serious issues in handling the car, particularly at low speeds. Therefore, owners should be aware when the illumination of the red “EPS” warning light appears on the instrument cluster. The company told the NHTSA it has not identified any crashes or injuries related to the issue and that it has been making the Sonata sedan for the US market since December 2009 and, by March 2015, the number of warranty claims due to lost power steering triggered a company investigation. In January of this year, it was found out that before October 2010, when a supplier upgraded the protective covering of the circuit board, the boards could be damaged over time.

The model was also part of other recalls last year, when certain model year 2011-2012 Sonatas built between December 11, 2009 and June 30, 2011 were forced to go back to dealers over some brake pedal stopper pad issues. Likewise, towards the end of September, the NHTSA announced problems for Hyundai’s sedans built between December 11, 2009, and April 12, 2012 at the company’s Alabama manufacturing facility – with either a 2.0-liter turbo or 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine – because of the potential for a major engine failure. One month later, Hyundai America recalled 2015-2016 Sonatas from May 28, 2014, to August 21, 2015 for a malfunction at the ABS system.