Report: Hyundai halts sales of the 2011 Sonata

Hyundai announced today that it is putting a hold on the sales of the 2011 Sonata after discovering that the front door-lock modules on some units can stick under certain circumstances.  The 2011 model of the Sonata went on sale only two weeks ago and there are currently about 5,000 units in U.S. inventory – about 1,300 have been sold, said Hyundai spokesman Miles Johnson.

Johnson said it is unclear how many of those have the faulty locks.

The Hyundai Sonata is the Korean automaker’s biggest-volume vehicle, with 2009 sales of 120,028 units.

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Refresher: The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is currently on sale with prices starting at $19,195 for the base GLS model. Power for the 2011 Sonata GLS comes from a 2.4L direct-injected 4-cylinder making 198-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE starts at $22,595 and is powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder uprated to 200-hp.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoWeek