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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,381 miles

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2008 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Feb 022015


  • 100,000 miles


The driver side and passenger side sun visors both dropped to a downward position and will not hold thier place so they block view of road. The driver side dropped while driving which caused momentary inability to view the road. After reading other compliants this doesnt appear to be isolated and Hyundai should solicit a recall of these visors as they impair the drivers ability to see the road. This event happened randomly with no warning and I would consider a safety hazard.

- Waterboro, ME, USA

problem #25

Apr 082015


  • 65,500 miles
Both the driver and passenger visors lost their grip and fall down automatically and cause sudden impact to the view and could potentially cause a safety issue.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #24

Nov 102011

Sonata 4WD 4-cyl

  • 57,680 miles
Sun visor problems - driver's side sun visor fell to a downward position and would not hold any position adjustment, not even all the way up. Made driving unsafe because it impaired visibility. Hyundai replaced it under warranty. About a year later, the same thing happened with the sun visor on the passenger side. With the vehicle out of warranty, I had to purchase the part for nearly $100 and replace it myself. This should definitely be a safety recall, thankfully it didn't happen in dense traffic.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #23

Aug 202014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


While driving on the expressway, the sun visor fell in front of my face, impeding visibility. Fortunately, this did not result in a crash, but it could have. Now, the visor will not stay up. This defect is significant enough that there is a campaign for it, but it applies only to certain regions of the country. Visiting online forums, this appears to be a very common problem, even in locations that are not covered by the campaign. This campaign needs to be extended. This is clearly a safety issue but is being treated as a cosmetic issue.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #22

Dec 012014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
2008 Hyundai Sonata : received recall for passenger air bag light several months ago, taken to dealership and told car was not part of recall even though passenger air bag light which shows that air bag system is deactivated came on when passenger was in front seat intermittently. Now driver side air bag light on steady, mechanic states sensor issue and air bag willnot deploy in crash, called Hyundai and informed 'after some digging' my car may be covered under OCS recall"?" Hyundai call center assisted me in getting appointment with dealership in a few days, unsure what repairs will be done. Also both visors are broken, will not stay up, issue with visibility, .

- East Meadow, NY, USA

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problem #21

Jan 012013


  • miles
Sun visor will not stay up against the headliner and now obstruct my view.

- Lisbon, OH, USA

problem #20

Jun 032010


  • miles


The sun visors on both passenger and driver side are broken they will not stay up. When I brought it to dealership I was told I would have to pay to replace. No repair was done. Although this is common issue for Hyundai owners and partial recalls were done but not for 2008.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #19

Mar 242014


  • 61,000 miles
Driver side sun visor will not stay up. Some piece up inside broke off and now sun visor keeps falling down when driving. Very dangerous.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #18

Feb 282014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Passenger visor dropped down, would not stay in up position. Broken plastic component on visor found to be the cause. Purchased replacement at local Hyundai dealership. They did not mention service bulletin now in effect.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #17

Jan 082014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Driver side visor has broken in a matter where it will not stay up. It constantly falls down into field of view. This has already been recalled on the 06-07 models. It needs to be extended to the 08 models also.

- Tell City, IN, USA

problem #16

Sep 132013


  • 59,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the sun visor would not remain in its housing, blocking the contact's view of the roadway. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the sun visor assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- Mountain House, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 122012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Driver's side sun visor will not stay up. According to my online research, this is a most common problem for this vehicle. It is already the subject of a 2009 technical service bulletin, but is an obvious safety hazard deserving of a recall.

- Indialantic, FL, USA

problem #14

Nov 012013


  • 71,500 miles
Passenger side visor has been loose for approximately 6 months. Now it stays down all the time and is in the line of sight of the driver to be able to see out of the passenger side window.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #13

May 122010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the driver's side sun visor released downward, blocking the contact's vision of the roadway. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the vehicle was repaired under a service warranty. The failure also recently occurred with the passenger's side sun visor. The vehicle was not repaired for the passenger's side sun visor failure. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Moultrie, GA, USA

problem #12

May 092012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that both the driver and passenger side sun visor failed to remain secure in an upright position which distorted her vision while driving or stationary. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Five Points , AL, USA

problem #11

Jul 202013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 58,516 miles
While driving on the Ohio turnpike, the driver's sunvisor dropped down from the upright position and partially blocked my forward vision. Subsequently the passenger side also refused to stay in the upright position. When I consulted with the dealer I was informed that I was 4 months out of the warranty period. I then contacted Hyundai customer assistance and received a case number and was also told that the warranty did not apply. I was also told that I could have the parts replaced and apply to them for reimbursement but that there was no guarantee that I would be reimbursed for the parts or the replacement. I have since seen a Hyundai technical service bulletin for 2008my Hyundai Sonata sunvisor replacement (service campaign T97) dated November 2009 which states that it applies to the western, SC, and southern regions only. Since it's description states "on some 2008 Sonata vehicles, the sun visor may not stay in the stored (up) position. This bulletin provides the service procedure to replace the sun visor assemblies." Applicable production date range, March 6, 2007 to January 10, 2008. Since my vehicle was built January 02, 2008 this would apply if I lived in any of those states (which I do not). Since this a not only a defective assembly but a serious safety issue, I fail to see why this should be limited to only those regions and not to all areas. At the very least it should be handled as a customer satisfaction issue even past the warranty period.

- Camden Wyoming, DE, USA

problem #10

Jun 042013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Driver side sun visor does not stay up and affects visibility. Also a hazard that may cause injury in an accident as it lies parallel to the ground, sticking out towards driver's forehead.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 292011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
2008 Hyundai Sonata both sun visors won't stay up. While driving they both fall down causing obstruction for driving. This is very dangerous. Hyundai has released a technical bulletin for replacing this to dealers. But they are doing it only under warranty. This is an issue and can cause lot of fatality depending on driving conditions as this will blind the driver. Information is found here.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jan 092012


  • 42,239 miles
I was moving the sun visor and heard a popping sound and this little piece of plastic fell in my lap. Now the sun visor just wants to hang. I can't get it to stay up of stay in one place. I end up holding it up with one hand a good deal of the time. I don't think this is exactly safe. As many others that have this fault, there needs to be a recall on it.

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #7

Dec 012012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Front passenger warning light:"passenger air bag off" remains lit even when occupied. Hazard: Do not know if air bag is activated or not. Bad OCS module" want recall honored 08V161000. Front visor remains straight down position blocking visibility. When moved to the right blocks entry/exit from vehicle by hitting people in the head. Hazard! what do I do if mfg. Refuses to fix these items--my recourse?"

- Kalispell, MT, USA

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