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Hyundai, Kia recall about 270,000 U.S. vehicles

An employee wipes down a car as the logo of Hyundai Motor is seen on a car at a Hyundai dealership in Seoul April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong
An employee wipes down a car as the logo of Hyundai Motor is seen on a car at a Hyundai dealership in Seoul April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong

DETROIT (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co <005380.KS> is recalling about 240,000 older model Sonata and Azera sedans in cold-weather U.S. states due to possible corrosion that can affect rear wheel alignment, according to a report issued by U.S. regulators on Wednesday.

In two other recalls also announced on Wednesday, about 20,300 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport model year 2013 and 9,345 Kia Motors Corp <000270.KS> model year 2014 Sorrento crossover vehicles were recalled due to possible problems with the right front axle.

In the corrosion issue, it was found that road salt used in cold-weather states can lead to rust on the steel on the underside of the vehicles, which can lead to misaligned real wheels, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall involves model year 2006 to 2010 Sonata sedans made from March 1, 2005 to January 21, 2010, and model year 2006 to 2011 Azera sedans made from September 27, 2005 to November 22, 2010.

Hyundai did not provide figures for recalls outside the U.S. market. But the company said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries in relation to the corrosion or the front axle recalls.

The road salt issue affects vehicles that are or were registered in 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The recalls affecting Santa Fe and Sorento vehicles impact only those with front-wheel drive and 2.4-liter engines.

The right front axle driveshaft may develop a crack, which could cause a separation of the shaft, which could lead to a crash.

No accidents or injuries have been reported related to this issue, Kia and Hyundai told NHTSA.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall, editing by G Crosse)

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