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.

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CarComplaints.com 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.

1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,937 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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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 022016

Sonata

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the brake lights illuminated when the vehicle was turned off. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V759000 (service brakes, hydraulic), but the contact had not been notified. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Darrow, LA, USA

problem #4

Dec 292015

Sonata

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the exterior lighting, alarm system, front passenger side headlight, and lower brake lights failed. The alarm system activated randomly. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V759000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and stated that the vehicle experienced the brake light failures listed in the consequence section of the notice. The vehicle was repaired, but the issue spread to other lighting and electrical components. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 262015

Sonata

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would suddenly stall. The cause of the failure was undetermined. The manufacturer was notified. The contact also indicated that the brake lights would erroneously remain activated while operating the vehicle. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Del Ray Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 142015

Sonata

  • 68,683 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at 60 mph, the vehicle stalled in the middle of the highway without warning. In addition, the brake light was consistently illuminated, even when the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,683.

- Pembrooke Pines, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 202015

Sonata

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that both rear brake light assemblies fractured without warning. The contact replaced the brake light assemblies, but did not take the vehicle to the dealer to determine what caused the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Cypris, TX, USA

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