Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2011 Sonata has a seriously defective engine that seizes without warning. It was awarded the dubious honor of being the first CarTalk / CarComplaints Turd of the Week in late September 2015.

A class action lawsuit was filed in May 2015 against Hyundai that claims the 2.4L Sonata engine is defective. More info here.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
585 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 1,170 miles


I was getting things out of the trunk of the car, with the lid fully up. The trunk lid spontaneously tried to close, and was stopped by my face, causing lacerations.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 032009

Sonata 4-cyl Diesel

  • miles
Trunk lid will open when vehicle is sitting in still and the keys are removed from the vehicle and are laying stationary. This has happened on my vehicle numerous times over the last six months.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

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