August 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Hyundai recalls 420,000 vehicles in three campaigns

Washington Hyundai Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling about 420,000 vehicles in the United States in three new recall campaigns.

The latest recalls mean the Korean automaker has issued five separate recalls this week totaling more than 1.3 million vehicles in the United States, according to documents posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Hyundai said Friday it is recalling 225,000 2001-2006 Santa Fe SUVs sold or registered in 20 states that use a lot of road salt; those states include Michigan and Ohio. Suspension coil springs may rust, causing them to break and make contact with tires. Dealers will inspect and replace the springs.

Hyundai has received about 1,200 warranty claims for the springs, about 90 of which have broken and hit a tire; 94 percent of claims are from salt-belt states. There have been no reported crashes or injuries associated with the defect, Hyundai said.

Hyundai also is recalling 61,122 2007-2012 Veracruz crossovers because oil can leak from the front cylinder-bank valve-cover gasket. If enough oil drips onto the alternator, it can stop working. That could lead to engine-stalling. Dealers will inspect and repair or replace the alternator and gasket.

The automaker also is recalling 133,075 2011 Sonatas that may have leaky brake lines.If enough fluid leaks, braking will be diminished. Dealers will install improved brake lines.

All of the latest recalls are expected to begin by the end of September.