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NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V368000

Hyundai Motors Recall Campaign Number: 120

sonataVehicles Affected: Certain 2015 Hyundai Sonata vehicles produced from April 25, 2014 through June 16, 2014. Approximately 5,650 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the provisions of this recall campaign.

Cause: Due to an error in the manufacturing process, one or both of the front brake calipers could fracture. The exact nature of the problem is not indicated here. It could be a faulty housing problem or a piston problem. In either case it should be taken seriously because braking conditions could change dramatically from one moment to the next.

Concern: In the event of a fractured front brake caliper (or calipers) braking efficiency would be seriously compromised. Fluid used to activate the front brake pads could leak out and pieces of the fractured caliper/s could interfere with brake pad operation.

sonata caliperCorrection: Hyundai began contacting owners by mail on June 19, 2014 and instructed them NOT TO DRIVE the affected vehicles. Vehicles will be towed to a Hyundai dealership where repairs will be performed, free of charge. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.

NOTE: All joking aside, this is a serious concern and vehicles that are affected by this condition should be repaired or parked, immediately.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V412000 

Volkswagen Recall Campaign Number: 40K9/1W

gtiVehicles Affected: Certain 2015 Volkswagen Golf and 2015 Volkswagen GTI vehicles manufactured from January 27, 2014 through May 12, 2014. Approximately 2,001 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

Cause: One or both stabilizer links could come loose. The stabilizer bar (or anti-sway bar) is attached firmly to the under belly of the vehicle. The stabilizer links are used to join the ends of the stabilizer bar to the front suspension. Typical attachment points for the stabilizer bar are located near steering components and the lower control arms.

golfConcern: If the stabilizer link comes loose, it may interfere with vehicle steering components. This could result in a scenario which requires excessive steering effort to maintain vehicle control. This could increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash and possible injury to vehicle occupants.

Correction: Volkswagen will contact owners by mail with specific instructions for having affected vehicles inspected and repaired, free of charge. This recall campaign is expected to begin sometime in July 2014. Owners of affected vehicles may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.

links not sausageNOTE: If you own or operate a vehicle that is included in this recall and you have heard unusual noises from under the front of the car, stop by your local auto repair facility at your earliest convenience. It is possible that the loose or hanging link may be removed or secured so that it will not interfere with steering operation until you can have it repaired more permanently. Most reputable shops will not charge for such a minor repair and you won’t have to take chances with your precious cargo.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.