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Hyundai recalls 173,000 Sonata sedans for steering issues

The recall's expected to kick off at the end of May.

2011 Hyundai Sonata

When your power steering goes out, the vehicle is still completely under your control, but it requires a bit more physical effort to turn the wheel at lower speeds. While it's not a grave concern, you never want something to take a driver by surprise, and so Hyundai's issued a recall to deal with its power-steering system.

The recall covers 173,000 MY2011 Hyundai Sonata sedans. The cars, manufactured between December 11, 2009, and October 31, 2010, have an issue with a circuit board that governs its electronic power steering system. The board might be damaged, which might cause power steering to magically disappear.

While some might argue that a loss of power steering doesn't necessarily "increase the risk of a crash," again, you don't want car systems failing at random. Thus, Hyundai will contact the owners of the affected vehicles and bring them in for a free fix, which involves replacing the power steering system's control unit.

Hyundai expects the recall to begin at the end of May, and if owners have any questions, they can call Hyundai's customer service at 855-371-9640 and reference recall number 143.