Hyundai and Kia were not alone: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan reported even bigger drops.
Meanwhile, the Feds are looking into reports of steering problems in the flagship Sonata:
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into reports of steering problems in the hot-selling 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedan.One wonders how rumors of a recall might effect sales of the Sonata, which is so "hot" that their Alabama plant has booted production of the Santa Fe over to the Kia plant in Georgia so they can produce more Sonatas. (Kia is having its own recall of the Georgia-made Soul and Sorrento over wiring issues.)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into whether the vehicles can sustain a separation in the steering shaft assembly that results in a loss of steering capability. Regulators are also examining whether a bolt in the steering system can become loose.
The vehicles involved in the probe were manufactured during the same month at the Hyundai factory in Alabama and had fewer than 600 miles at the time of the alleged incidents, regulators said.
About 16,000 Sonatas might be involved. Hyundai builds the new-generation Sonata and its Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle at the plant.
already not optimistic about the second half of the year (among other problems, the midterm elections will suck up advertising space and raise revenues while also putting the public in a bad mood).