July 30, 2014 at 7:43 am

Hyundai recalling 889,000 Sonata cars in U.S.

Washington — Hyundai Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling nearly 889,000 Hyundai Sonata cars in two separate recalls because they may roll away after being parked or may have braking issues.

The Korean automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is calling back 883,000 2011-14 Sonatas built from December 2009 through May because the shift cable can become disconnected, which can prevent the car from being shifted out of park or the vehicle can roll after parking.

Hyundai said it has received 1,171 warranty claims relating to the Sonata shift cable becoming disconnected. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair the connection between the shift cable and shift lever, free of charge.

Hyundai also said it is recalling 5,650 2015 Sonatas because one or both of the front brake calipers may crack, reducing braking effectiveness and lengthening the distance required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Hyundai contacted the affected owners on June 19 and instructed them not to drive their vehicles. Hyundai dealers will replace the affected brake calipers, free of charge. Hyundai also issued a stop sale to dealers for vehicles on lots that hadn’t yet been sold.

The investigation was prompted by a report from a dealer on June 13 of a 2015 Sonata where the customer stated the brake pedal “went to the floor at stops.” Diagnosis at the dealer revealed the left front brake caliper had fractured.

Hyundai engineers reviewed the part and brake calipers from 10 vehicles produced on the same date as the incident vehicle were removed for analysis. No crashes have been reported related to the issue.

DShepardson@detroitnews.com