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2011 Hyundai Sonata door latch recall gets official

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Filed under: Sedan, Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Hyundai

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A couple weeks back, Hyundai put a stop-sale on its freshly minted 2011 Sonata sedan because a front door latch could malfunction after a rather labored series of steps. The stop-sale was lifted almost immediately, though, as the Korean automaker was able to quickly ship replacement parts to U.S. dealers, at which point the vehicles in stock were repaired. At that time, though, Hyundai promised to work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to put out a recall notice for the 1,300 vehicles that had already been sold; a promise that came to fruition this morning as NHTSA put out an official bulletin.

The NHTSA recall notice claims that the front inside door lock switches can remain in the unlatched position under certain conditions, making it possible for the front driver or passenger doors to open while the vehicle is in motion. Hyundai tells us that the latch may malfunction when a front inside door lock switch is held in the locked position while the inside door handle is pulled to open the door.

Sonata owners affected by the recall can bring their vehicle to the nearest Hyundai dealer for the no-cost repairs, which should take about an hour. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.

Photos by Michael Harley / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]

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Not the best way to launch a new car, but this seems relatively minor...first, who is going to hold down the lock button while opening the door, and second, lots of cars still on the road don't have doors that lock while in motion...if someone is stupid enough to open the door while driving, they probably deserve whatever happens to them...

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