It’s not been a great month for the car industry. First BMW had to recall 350,000 cars globally due to a braking issue. Then Toyota announced a recall of 1.53 million vehicles in the US & Japan due to fuel and braking problems. Honda followed closely behind, declaring a brake defect with 472,000 vehicles in the US. Now Hyundai has announced potential problems with early Santa Fe and Trajet models… what’s going on?
Hyundai is recalling 17,000 first generation Trajet and Santa Fe models in the UK due to potential suspension problems. Quality control tests have revealed that the suspension on early generation models could be corroded due to winter road salt conditions in the UK. The latest news affects Santa Fe models produced between July 2000 to June 2003 and Trajet models produced between January 2000 to May 2004.
So, what do you do if you’re affected? Well, Hyundai is asking all owners of the affected vehicles to visit their local authorised dealership so their car can be inspected and upgraded. The latest recall is voluntary and owners have been notified by letter. It is expected that only a small number of vehicles will need to have work carried out and Hyundai has assured customers that they will provide alternative transport for the duration of the repair.
Hyundai Santa Fe and Trajet owners can check if their vehicle is affected by the recall by visiting the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency website and inputting your cars make, model, date of registration, VIN and engine number.