The auto recalls continue this week, with Hyundai deciding to recall 27,700 of its midsize and compact car cars due to a safety issue involving road salt.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report published Friday that road salt, which is sprinkled on roads to melt ice, could corrode the front coil springs of the faulty cars, which could lead them to fracturing and a tire puncturing, . The issue could put drivers in greater risk of a crash.
The recall covers U.S. Sonatas made between December 2009 and February 2010 and Elantras made between November 2010 and March 2011.
The vehicles were sold or are currently registered in the "salt belt," which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri.
Hyundai has yet to receive reports about injuries or accidents related to the issue, AP reported.
The company said it will owners of the recalled cars and that dealers will replace the front coil springs, free of charge.
Hyundai's recall is the third announced this week, following Volkswagen being ordered by Germany to recall 8.5 million vehicles in Europe due to the company's ongoing emissions scandal, as well as Kia recalling 377,000 Sorento SUVs to fix an issue with the transmission.