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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,360 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012013


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the key was in the ignition when she exited the vehicle and the doors erroneously locked. The contact also mentioned that the chrome on the passenger's side front door handle was peeling and tore through the contact's hand. Additionally, the steering wheel failed to lock and the vehicle jerked abnormally when shifting down. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the door lock and jerking failure could not be diagnosed and the starter lever needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 022008


  • 40 miles
2009 Hyundai Sonata all doors unlock when car is placed in park. This is a major safety design problem and cannot be deactivated or corrected by dealers. This problem is putting all passengers and drivers at risk, when car is placed in park especially once the criminals here about this defect. How many cars will be hijacked and or robberies occur before someone realizes this is a major problem with this feature!!!

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022008


  • 40 miles
New 2009 Hyundai Sonata unlocks all doors anytime car is placed in park. This feature is in the design and cannot be disabled. This feature puts all passengers and drives at risk anytime the car is stopped and placed in park, especially once the criminals find this out

- Shreveport, LA, USA

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