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Hyundai Recall & Takata Airbag Investigation

Hyundai is recalling almost 205,000 of its Elantra cars because the power steering could suddenly stop working, making the vehicle harder to turn, according to a report from the auto-maker posted on Saturday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Website.

The action covers the 2008-2010 Elantra and the 2009-2010 Elantra Touring. Hyundai said the driver would still be able to steer the car if the power steering was lost but that it would require “greater driver effort,” particularly at low speeds. The automaker did not mention any accidents or injuries related to the issue, but if you or one of your loved ones has been harmed due to the loss of power steering while driving one of the vehicle models mentioned above, do not hesitate to call the attorneys at Makarem & Associates at 310-312-0299 or via email at info@makaremlaw.com

During the past year, N.H.T.S.A. and automakers have been under intense criticism from Congress over safety issues, much of it brought on by a long-ignored and deadly ignition-switch defect in millions of General Motors vehicles.

Hyundai said it had been aware of problems with the power steering in the Elantra since 2010 but had not carried out a recall because “Hyundai’s understanding has been that the loss of power steering assist has not, in the past, been considered as a safety-related defect in the United States,” the automaker wrote in an explanatory report posted on the N.H.T.S.A. website. But, Hyundai said, “the industry has increasingly handled similar issues through safety recalls,” and Hyundai concluded that one was necessary “to remain consistent with that industry trend.”

airbagThe safety agency also said it was intensifying its investigation into Takaka airbags that, in a crash, can send pieces of metal into the interior of a car. More than 18 million vehicles world-wide have already been recalled, and at least six deaths have been linked to the problem.

That investigation, which began last year, covers an estimated 11.5 million vehicles from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, G.M., Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

Vehicles Affected by Takata Airbag Recall:

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan

2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe

2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon

2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible

2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe

2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500

2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500

2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500

2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500

2008 – Dodge Ram 5500

2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango

2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota

2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300

2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2004 – Ranger

2005 – 2006 GT

2005 – 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe

2005 – Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2001 – 2007 Honda Accord

2001 – 2005 Honda Civic

2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V

2003 – 2011 Honda Element

2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey

2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot

2006 – Honda Ridgeline

2003 – 2006 Acura MDX

2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL

2005 – Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2003 – 2007 Mazda6

2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6

2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8

2004 – 2005 MPV

2004 – B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2004 – 2005 Lancer

2006 – 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima

2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder

2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra

2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35

2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4

2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2003 – 2005 Baja

2003 – 2005 Legacy

2003 – 2005 Outback

2003 – 2005 Baja

2004 – 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles:

2002 – 2005 Lexus SC

2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla

2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix

2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia

2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra

No injury or death should be handled without the help of an experienced attorney. If you have been harmed by one of these faulty airbags, call the legal experts Makarem & Associates at 310-312-0299 or email us at info@makaremlaw.com.