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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,799 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.

2006 Hyundai Sonata brakes problems

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Sep 192013


  • 26,982 miles


After exiting a restaurant parking lot I attained a speed of about 35mph when a traffic lite about 100yds ahead turned to red. I took my foot off the accelerator and after a few yards applied the brakes only to find the pedal going down to the floor with little or no braking action. I grabbed and the pulled the hand brake as hard as reasonable without breaking the handle or doing other damage to the emergency braking system. Although I stopped about 2-3 car lengths short of an accident I'm sure that use of the hand brake prevented a rear end collision. Only after I had driven a few hundred yards to get off the roadway did the red brake failure lite come on confirming that I had survived a sudden brake failure as opposed to a slow leak failure. With a rather shaky hand, I grabbed a flash light and while my passenger pumped the brake pedal I found that the brake fluid was leaking from a location about 16 inches in front of the left rear tire. The car is in the yard now but w/O a lift the location of the failure is unknown. Hundai did not seemed too concerned about the near accident stating there are no known brake issues but did give me a case number for reference, that number is 6046357. Since hundai did not seem too concerned about near accident so I will be taking the Sonata to a local dealer.

- Foxbokro, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 182013


  • 60,000 miles
Have had an ongoing issue with brake lights going out... stop lamp switch has been replaced 4 times in the last 5 years. Now I don't have brake lights.... something is very very wrong with Hyundai's electrical system of course Hyundai says my car is not affected by any recall... and I have to pay them to find out what is wrongs with the car

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jul 082013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Brake lights do not illuminate. Recall id #09V122000 dealer offered no help, said it was out of warranty, I would have to absorb cost.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 242013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


My electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS lights come on while braking even after recall was corrected for the stop lamp switch. Brake lights do not illuminate consistently either.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 142013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 113,400 miles
I went to a sears auto center back in December 2012 to get an alignment. In the first week of May 2013, I went back to sears to have my alignment rechecked because I was experiencing shaking while braking. They told me my rear brake shoes were corroded and falling apart and I needed to change them, along with getting new rotors and brake pads. After have these parts installed, the mechanic called me over regarding my alignment and said the rear suspension frame was corroded and rusted in 2 places, causing the tow to go out of alignment. They said I needed to either replace the whole subframe or have a steel beam welded to it for stability so they could get the correct alignment specs. If I didn't fix it, the alignment would always be off. They also warned me that if I traveled with my vehicle long distance, the frame could break where the corrosion occurred, causing an accident. 2 weeks ago, I was driving at about 35 mph in my neighborhood when my steering wheel listed to the left about 45 degrees and my rear wheels started to lean in. The driver's side rear wheel was also turned outwards which caused the car to fishtail and swerve uncontrollably during driving. I felt very unsafe and my car has been parked in my driveway since until I can get it towed to a repair shop.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 012013


  • 71,000 miles
P0504 brake switch A/B correlation. Light ABS - ESC/off and check.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 212012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that recall NHTSA campaign id number: 09V122000 (service brakes: Hydraulic: Switches: Brake lights) was performed on the vehicle in 2009 and the repairs failed. The contact stated when driving the vehicle the electronic stabilty control light illuminated and the vehicle had to be restarted in order for it to turn off. The contact stated that after driving for a short period of time the failure would recurred. The vehicle had not been inspected, but a mechanic told the contact that they believe the failure was caused by the stomp lamp switch failing again. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 86,000. Updated 11/13/12 updated 11/28/2012

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 172012


  • 72,000 miles
My car started having problems in may that when I look them up, are listed as issues that have been recalled by Hyundai yet when I contacted Hyundai these were not open recalls on my vehicle. My ABS/ESC light comes on and off. If I turn my car off and re-start it then the light will be gone, only to come on again at some point when I'm driving. I just got new brakes in January and my brakes seem to be working fine. The only time I was concerned was during a road trip when the light was off, but came on when I slammed on my brakes on the highway. My air bag light came on around the same time the brake light started consistently coming on. This light does not go away. I have also been told that I have a back break light that is out yet when I took it to get a new bulb it was working just fine. Then the next day when backing up, I could see my car's reflection in a window and that light was out, indicating some sort of electrical short. To top it all off, my check engine light came on today and I will be taking my car in this afternoon to see what that is. My car is up to date on all maintenance. In the last 7 months I have had new brakes, new spark plugs, and a new battery. I'm not sure why these lights are on but it is very frustrating to see recalls for some of these issues, and they just aren't on my car specifically.

- Norcross, GA, USA

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