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April 29, 2003

Hyundai Motor Has Recalled the 2002-2003 Sonata

(SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the following information.

Models: Hyundai Sonata Year: 2002-2003

Number Potentially Involved: 29,531

Dates of Manufacture: February – December 2002

Defect: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a traction control system (TCS), if the T125/70D-15 compact spare tire is installed on a front wheel position, the TCS may inadvertently activate beginning at speeds of 20 mph. Inadvertent activation of the TCS will cause automatic application of the brake at the wheel where the compact spare tire is installed. Inadvertent brake application could cause overheating and damage to the brake, and may prevent the vehicle from being driven at speeds above 20 mph, which could result in a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the spare tire with a new larger diameter T125/80R-15 compact spare tire. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2003. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

[NHTSA Recall No. 03V097/Hyundai Recall No. 059].

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
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If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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