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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,186 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 232011

Sonata

  • 73,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the chrome handle on the rear passenger door peeled and caused the contact to cut his hand. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated his vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V171000 ( latches/locks/linkages: Doors: Latch). The manufacturer was contacted confirmed that the vehicle was not under recall and offered no other assistance. The failure mileage was 73,500.

- Montgomery Village, MD, USA

problem #10

Jul 042010

Sonata

  • 93,000 miles
Inside door handles thin covering (appears to be aluminum) is peeling apart and I have cut my hand on the sharp edge which came apart. Dealer will not replace the handle because Hyundai has not recalled the 2004 models which has the ***same problem* the 2003 model.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 252010

Sonata

  • 14,200 miles
Chrome is peeling off the interior door handles causing cuts to hands/fingers on my 2004 Hyundai Sonata.

- Bloomsbury, NJ, USA

problem #8

Mar 012009

Sonata

  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2004 Hyundai Sonata. Built iin February 2004, the chrome plating of the interior door handle came loose. Our hands have been cut several times by the sharp edges of the chrome that is peeling back. Finally had to peel the chrome off and sand the edges.

- Cedar, MN, USA

problem #7

Aug 152009

Sonata

  • 57,446 miles
Emergency flashers began flashing for no apparent reason and would not be turned off. Then trying to use the keyless entry door opener, the locks began locking and unlocking. When the car was running this stopped. We took it to the dealer and they replaced the etac module, then the entire fuse box. After returning home, the hazard lights again began flashing while the car was parked. This would stop and begin again intermittently. Returned to the dealer and left the car for several days. Finally a switch was replaced and the problem ceased.

- Selbyville, DE, USA

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problem #6

Jan 132008

Sonata

  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2004 Hyundai Sonata - same problem as with the 2002-2003 listed below - this should not have been closed. Recall campaign 09V171000 has 1 related investigation(s) NHTSA action number: PE08071 vehicle make / model: Model year(s): Hyundai / Sonata 2002 manufacturer: Hyundai motor company component: Latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch date investigation opened: December 15, 2008 date investigation closed: May 29, 2009 summary: The manufacturer has issued a safety recall notification as a result of this investigation. The recall affects 91,202 my 2002-2003 subject vehicles produced from January 28, 2002, through March 22, 2003. The vehicle recall population was defined by the manufacturer's use of a new supplier for the chrome plating process beginning in January 2002, and a production change in March 2003 to improve adhesion of the plating to the door handle. Vehicles being recalled represent 59 percent of the total my 2002-2003 production, but account for 91 percent of the consumer complaints received. The process change for my 2002 vehicles resulted in a dramatic increase in complaints (1200 percent on a per unit rate basis). My 2003 vehicles built after March 2003 production change showed a similar decline in the complaint rate. Based on the manufacturer's action, this investigation has been closed.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #5

Aug 092008

Sonata

  • 88,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The chrome plating on the passenger side door handle as worn to the point where it has cracked and left a sharp edge on my 2004 Hyundai Sonata. This caused a recall of 2002-2003 Hyundai Sonatas 09V-171.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 302009

Sonata

  • 51,900 miles
2004 Hyundai Sonata - interior door handle caused hand laceration by peeling chrome plating /crack in door handle assembly.

- Belford, NJ, USA

problem #3

Aug 302009

Sonata

  • miles
2004 Hyundai Sonata - the interior handles have developed very sharp edges which we did not notice until I sliced my middle finger open yesterday while trying to open the door. Upon closer inspection, both front door handles have razor-sharp edges in places. I have not yet had the opportunity to contact Hyundai.

- Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012007

Sonata

  • miles
Seems to be a defect in the door handles...we have flaking of the chrome finish on our 2004 Sonata as well, primarily driver's door.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007

Sonata

  • 40,000 miles
On my 2004 Hyundai Sonata, the chrome door handle has been peeling away since 2007, resulting in a sharp, jagged edge that I have cut my hand on numerous times. I notice that there is already a recall order for the 2003 Sonatas for this same issue under action #PE08071, but it appears that the 2004 model is doing the same thing, and I would like for that model to be added to this recall as well.

- Galloway, OH, USA

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