Hyundai recalls 883,000 Sonata sedans to repair transmission-shift cable

Hyundai has identified 1,171 warranty claims and seven incidents related to a flawed transmission-shift cable in certain Sonata sedans from model years 2011-14.

UPDATED: 7/30/14 2:40 pm ET - adds details

DETROIT (Reuters) -- Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling about 883,000 Sonata mid-sized sedans in the United States and Puerto Rico because a potentially defective transmission-shift cable could increase the risk of a crash.

The recall affects certain Sonata cars from model years 2011-14 in which the transmission-shift cable could detach from the shift-lever pin, causing the gear selection not to match the indicated gear, according to documents posted Wednesday by federal safety regulators.

That would cause the cars to move in an unintended or unexpected direction, the documents by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

The automaker identified 1,171 warranty claims and seven incidents related to this issue, the documents said.

A spokesman said the company was not aware of any accidents, injuries or fatalities relating to the issue.

A driver may put the car in 'park,' when in fact it is not in park, potentially leading it to roll away.

Dealers will inspect and repair the connection between the shift cable and shift lever at no cost, as needed, the documents said.

Hyundai expects owners will begin to be notified of the recall by mail during the third quarter.

Of the affected vehicles, about 880,000 were sold in the United States and the rest in Puerto Rico, according to NHTSA documents.

Separately, Hyundai is also recalling 5,650 Sonatas from the 2015 model year in the United States and Puerto Rico because one or both front-brake calipers may crack, making the brakes less effective and raising the risk of a crash, NHTSA documents show.

The recall does not affect vehicles outside the United States, a spokesman said.

The automaker was not aware of any accidents, injuries or deaths relating to the issue. Fewer than 200 of the cars are in consumer hands and dealers were told not to sell the remaining affected vehicles until they were repaired, the spokesman said.

Hyundai contacted the affected owners last month and told them not to drive their cars, according to the NHTSA documents. Dealers will replace the calipers at no cost.

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