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:
12 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
43,937 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 36 of 43)

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problem #148

Nov 252010


  • miles


Vehicle always pulls left when driving at any speed. Problem noticed day after purchase. Vehicle has been in service 4 times for this issue & still pulls left.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #147

Oct 302010


  • 50 miles
My 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T limited pulls to the left at all speeds (not torque steer). The car requires constant clockwise pressure on the steering wheel just to keep the car from veering to the left. The pull occurs in all lanes, but it is especially dangerous in the left lane where it will leave the road in approximately two seconds without a steering correction. My car has been in for the left pull issue five times now, and there is still no solution to this problem. In addition to the safety concern, the tires will wear prematurely and in an uneven fashion. Since their engineers have been unable to provide a viable solution, Hyundai should really think about a recall at this point in time.

- Proctorville, OH, USA

problem #146

Dec 162010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
Bought a Hyundai Sonata 2011 model 2.0turbo in December 2010. Car pulls heavily to the left resulting in constant pressure that needs to be applied to steering wheel so the car won't change lane by itself. At low speed (35mph nd under) not an issue, but above 45mph the car is unsafe to drive. Have taken to dealership 3 times already, they changed camber bolts then put a new strut but none of these corrected the problem.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #145

Mar 232011


  • 71 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle pulled to the left repeatedly while driving. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was driven. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times where the steering wheel was aligned and the struts were replaced yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where for further inspection. The manufacturer was contacted and a complaint was filed. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 71 and the current mileage was approximately 1,000.

- Ashby, MA, USA

problem #144

Apr 012011


  • 6 miles
Car pulls left from moment driven off lot. When release steering wheels it moves from center to left and then car rapidly moves left. Constant pressure is required on right side of steering wheel. This is a dangerous safety issue. Vehicle movement not as bad when passenger in car. Returned car to dealer for alignment and balancing. When this did not fix the problem a company engineer came to look at the vehicle who drove it and pronounced it fixed. Nothing had changed it still pulled as hard left as before. I took it back to the dealership and test drove it with the mechanic who had worked on the car. With me in the passenger seat the car drifted right (I outweigh the mechanic by 100 pounds). Mechanic told me he was frustrated by these cars, all the turbos with 18 inch wheels pull left. He thinks it is either the wheels size since Sonata's equipped with smaller wheels don't pull or the power steering assist needs adjusting. Hyundai is denying problem exists.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #143

Apr 112011


  • 100 miles
New, 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T. Cars consistently pulls left at all speeds greater than 30 mph and in all lanes of travel.

- Saline, MI, USA

problem #142

Feb 242011


  • 4,000 miles


I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE. This vehicle pulls to the left. I checked the tire pressure in all tires after the vehicle sat for about 16 hours and tire pressure was the same in each tire and at the correct pressure. I took it to the dealer and was informed the vehicle is in spec and no issue found. However, it still pulls to the left. This pull is more noticeable at speeds above 60mph. When driving on the highway, in order to drive straight the driver must turn the wheel slightly to right. I have had numerous vehicles and this is not normal.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #141

Apr 012010


  • 3 miles
I have a 2011 Sonata SE which I've taken to the dealer 4 times for steering issues. The car pulls to left and I must apply pressure at all times to the steering wheel to keep the car from veering off the road. There is an issue with the steering system and the dealer is giving me the run around and telling there is nothing wrong with the car. Someone is going to get hurt due to this issue unless someone gets the problem rectified.

- Illinois, IL, USA

problem #140

Dec 012010


  • 5 miles
My 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T constantly pulls left while under very mild acceleration and cruising speeds. I took it into the dealer for the problem and they said it was torque-steer and that it happens on all fwd vehicles. I've had my fair share of fwd vehicles and I've experienced nothing like this. It pulls under the lightest acceleration.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #139

Apr 152011


  • 230 miles
New 2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problem. The vehicle feels very unstable at highway speeds. Driver must constantly fight to keep the vehicle in lane. At a minimum it is distracting. Worst case this car could drift into another lane. There is something wrong this electronic steering. Dealer tells me its fine.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #138

Mar 152011


  • 500 miles


2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problem - car constantly pulls left - dealer did realignment - not effective.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #137

Apr 092011


  • 18,000 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata left pull issue. I must apply a pressure to keep the car going straight on a flat/straight highway. This youtube clip is an excellent description of what I see. also I found another site w/ a similar listing:

- Hinckley, IL, USA

problem #136

Apr 012011


  • miles
Car pulls to the left since brand new. Very noticeable when driving at a high speed for a length of time. Constant right pressure must be maintained on steering wheel to prevent car from moving to the left. At a slow speed on back roads the pull is not that noticeable. For some reason, when taking a right turn off a highway ramp, the left pull increases, which requires increased right pressure on the steering wheel. Have had car checked at dealer, alignment was checked, and told everything is fine. Researching the Hyundai forums, it appears my Sonata is not the only car experiencing this problem, and as of this date, Hyundai/Kia have no fix, or even acknowledge their is a problem.

- Boonsboro, MD, USA

problem #135

Mar 282011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 350 miles
I purchased a new 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE turbo. It pulls badly to the left. It requires constant concentration or you will be in the oncoming lane. Dangerous!

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #134

Mar 282011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,350 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the steering wheel would abnormally pull to the left when driving at highway speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed an alignment but did not repair the problem. They stated that the next step would be to replace the vehicle strut. The manufacturer was contacted who stated that they were aware of the problem and were currently working with the dealers to have the problem fixed. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 3,350 and current mileage was 3,400. The consumer stated the strut was replaced. However, the problem continued. Updated 05/31/11

- Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #133

Apr 032011


  • 100 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata pulls left sharply when when I let go of the wheel. After researching online, this appears to be a common and major problem. Alignment doesn't help and the dealership won't fix it.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #132

Apr 022011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 10 miles
I purchased a 2011 Hyundai Sonata turbo on February 19, 2011 and immediately noticed that this vehicle pulls very hard to the left, especially at highway speeds. Constant pressure to the right on the steering wheel is necessary to keep this car on the road. I have taken it back to the dealership (glassman Hyundai, southfield, Michigan) for a front-end alignment on 2 occasions. This helps for approximately 2 days and the problem returns. I've since learned that this is not an uncommon problem with this vehicle but at the time of purchase no mention of this was made by the salesperson.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #131

Mar 162011


  • 16,000 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata pulls heavy to the left. This has not created an injury to date but it pulls so much to the left I have to be sure to apply pressure to the right to counter-act the pull into the lane to my left. I have had it back to the dealer and after doing everything they say they can do (alignment, etc.) it still pulls to the left. I have 16K miles on the care and it has done this since I first had it. Dealership (suntrup Hyundai, St. Louis mo) says they have done everything they can do.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #130

Mar 282011


  • 0 miles
2011 Sonata 2.0T SE left pull while driving at highway speeds

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #129

Nov 212010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 1 miles
I purchased a 2011 Hyundai Sonata turbo in December 2010 and from the time of purchase it pulled to the left especially on the highway. I waited to see if it would work itself out but it did not. I took it to a dealership and they rotated the tires and performed a full alignment. This did not solve the problem. Now after reading 100's of similar claims I am extremely disappointed that no action has been taken to hold the manufacturer accountable. I am encouraged that so many people have stepped forward, this will save me from repeated visits to the dealership when it is obvious that alignments, strut replacement and tire rotations are not going to blanket this obvious defect. I shouldn't have to fight to keep a brand new 2011 car on the road.

- Medina, OH, USA

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