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Hyundai recalls 200k cars due to power steering defects

Hyundai is recalling nearly 205,000 Elantra cars in the United States due to a potential defect in the vehicles’ power steering systems, according to a report released late Saturday on the National Highway Safety Administration’s website.

The recall covers Elantra four-door sedans made from June 1, 2008 to April 30, 2010,  and 2009-10 Elantra Touring hatchbacks.

Hyundai estimates three percent of these cars may have the defect.

The report said that the power steering could suddenly stop working, making the vehicle much harder to turn and potentially increasing the risk of an accident.

“Steering control can be maintained,” the company said, “however, the vehicle will revert to a manual steering mode, requiring greater driver effort, particularly at low speeds. This could result in an increased risk of a crash.”

The company did not mention if there had been any accidents or injuries linked to the defect.

Hyndai’s recall is the most recent in a string of recalls across several carmakers. General Motors Co. said on Friday the company would recall more than 68,000 cars for roof panel and parking issues, the Detroit News reported. On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler announced a recall of 25,000 cars worldwide due to a transmission problem, the New York Times reported.

Earlier last week, Mercedes-Benz announced a recall of nearly 150,000 of varying models due to a problem in the engine compartment seal, the Associated Press reported.

In 2014, the auto industry recalled nearly 64 million vehicles for safety issues, exceeding the number recalled in the previous three years combined.

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