Hyundai UK recalls 17,000 cars for checks

HYUNDAI UK has recalled thousands of cars over fears that winter road de-icing salt may have damaged their suspension systems.

The South Korean group is urging owners of 17,000 Santa Fe models made between July 2000 and June 2003 and Trajets from between January 2000 and May 2004 to return them to dealers for checks. It says corrosion caused by salt may have damaged a few of the vehicles.

It said dealers would inspect the cars free of charge and upgrade their rear suspension to prevent corrosion.

It said the corrosion had not caused any reported accidents. “Hyundai is asking for the vehicles to be inspected as a quality measure,” the group said.

Meanwhile, Japanese car maker Nissan hit sales and production records last month. Its Sunderland factory increased production 4.4 per cent year-on-year to 42,371 units due to demand for the new Juke and Qashqai models. European sales in the month rose 4.7 per cent year-on-year to 56,269 units due to demand recovery in Russia.

Sweden’s Volvo Trucks said better demand in all its markets boosted sales 32 per cent to 64bn Swedish krona in the third quarter and operating income moved into the black.