Hyundai recalls vehicles for tire puncture issues

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Crain News Service report

DETROIT (Aug. 6, 2014) —  South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling about 225,000 vehicles due to potential tire puncture problems.

No injuries or accidents have been reported in the latest recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on its website.

Hyundai is recalling 225,000 model year 2001 to 2006 Santa Fe crossover vehicles—manufactured from March 2001 through February 2006—in 20 cold-weather U.S. states because road salt can cause rust in a coil spring, NHTSA said. That spring could fracture and puncture a tire, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the agency.

Hyundai said it will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the coil spring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September. Owners can contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.

Hyundai has recalled 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. recently due to a variety of problems. These include issues with brake fluid, oil leaks and potentially defective transmission-shift cables.

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