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January 14
11:03 PM 2016

The South Korean automobile major Hyundai Corp may begin recalling Elantra model vehicles from February 2016 onwards. The recalling of Elantra cars is to fix the stability control system in the vehicles. Hyundai mayrecall Elantra cars made during 29 October 2010 and 25 October 2011. Hyundai will fix the problem of electronic stability control system.

Considering the technical snag with electronic stability control (ESC) system, Hyundai is considering to recall Elantra model vehicles. Experts indentify the problem for Elantra vehicles that a malfunctioning yaw sensor for the ESC system causees the cutting of power to the engines, while applying of brakes. The ESC sensors functioning in Elantra cars would be checked at dealers' workshops once Hyundai starts recalling and update the ESC calibration at free of cost for customers.

According to a report by Autoblog, Hyundai Motor America's (Hyundai) recall list includes Elantra models of 2011-12 and vehicles manufactured during 29 October 2010 and 25 October 2011. The electronic stability control sensor malfunctioning in these models of Elantra and Hyundai will fix the problem after recalling them.

If one or more brakes are applied then it'll cause the losing of control over the vehicle. This will increase the risks of crash. Considering all these technical hitches, Hyundai will ensure that dealers would verify the ESC sensors functioning in the Elantra vehicles. Hyundai will also notify the Elantra owners. 

Hyundai will recall over 150,000 Elantra vehicles. The malfunctioning of electronic stability control system will suddenly result in reduction of engine power and it may also alter the car's direction, as reported by CBS Detroit. Hyundai will notify its customers from 19 February 2016 onwards. Owners can also contact the auomaker at 800-633-5151. 

The malfunctioning of ESC system causes sudden drop in the engine power, when brakes are applied. These symptoms are accompanied by illumination of ESC indicator lamp in the instrumental cluster. 

It may be recalled that Hyundai recalled 204,768 vehicles in 2015 owing to power steering problem. The power steering problem may cause the cars to unexpectedly reverting to manual steering mode, according to Reuters. The recall was made for four-door Elantra sedans produced during 1 June 2008 and 30 April 2010. The recall was also applied to Elantra Touring hatchbacks made during 2009-10. 

The automobile industry is increasingly witnessing many recalls from other automobile makers also. The automobile industry is handling increasingly many safety issues in technological snags. Hyundai says: "To remain consistent with that industry trend, Hyundai has decided to conduct this campaign as a safety recall."

Steering control can be maintained, but vehicle will revert into manual steering mode from power steering. This may happen more at lower speed and can cause increased risks of crash.  This prompts Hyundai the recall on February this year to fix and give solutions to these problems to prevent injuries or even death. 

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