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 39 of 43)

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problem #88

Nov 032010


  • 6,700 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle pulled to the left. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times for a wheel alignment. The contact had not yet confirmed whether the vehicle was included in recall 10V426000 (steering: Gear box: Shaft sector). The failure mileage was 6,700.

- Wyoming, RI, USA

problem #87

Aug 232010


  • 500 miles
At 40 mph and higher, vehicle is hard to steer. Have to constantly correct to keep in own lane. This is the second Sonata with the same problem. Software performed, not a fix. Do not feel safe driving on three lane highway for fear of vehicle changing lanes. Hyundai is ignoring problem.

- Country Club, MO, USA

problem #86

Jan 022011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 150 miles
2011 Hyundai 2.0T noticed in the first couple of days of owning the vehicle it pulled to the left. Returned it to the dealership for service on alignment. I was told the alignment was out and the problem was fixed. Seemed okay driving home. The very next time I drove the vehicle it began to pull left once again. If I didn't hang on to the wheel so tight while driving the car would lose control very quickly. Certainly a safety issue. I have since told my dealership I would like a loaner vehicle until this problem is resolved as the vehicle is not safe for the road.

- Aurora, 00, USA

problem #85

Sep 102010


  • 25 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that when driving at highway speeds the vehicle would drift to the left. This failure does not occur at lower speeds. The contact stated that the dealer replaced the string module and struts, but that did not repair the failure. The manufacturer looked through their inventory and found an identical vehicle; however, the vehicle also experienced the failure. The manufacturer agreed to buy the vehicle back from the contact. The failure mileage was 45 and the current mileage was 1700.

- Georgetown, SC, USA

problem #84

Dec 312010


  • 108 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle pulled to the left while he drove at any speed. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times where the steering column assembly was replaced and an alignment performed the failure continued. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 108 and the current mileage was 500.

- Madison , WI, USA

problem #83

Jan 152011


  • 8,000 miles
Jan 28,2011 I drive a Hyundai 2.0 turbo bought about a month ago. About 2 weeks ago on the freeway I was making a lane change, I had to make a sudden correction due to me noticing a car in my blind spot. There was almost loss of control when I tried to correct the car. I have been driving various cars from VW gti to gms and Ford for 32 yrs. Car has 1100 miles on it! 2011 Hyundai Sonata warning: It was my most dangerous driving experience! 100% true.

- Toronto, 00, USA

problem #82

Jan 012011


  • 1 miles


Purchased 2011 Sonata turbo and the car constantly pulls to the left. It is very dangerous on the highway especially if in the left lane. This is a huge safety issue and needs to be addressed.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #81

Jan 242011


  • 100 miles
Car constantly pulls to the left. Makes it difficult to keep in my lane endangering me and others around me.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #80

Nov 232010


  • 8,700 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 45 mph, the steering pulled to the left. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who installed two new tires but the failure continued. The contact was also informed a sales representative would contact him within a day. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 8,700.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #79

Jan 212011


  • 100 miles
Test drove a 2011 Sonata limited turbo and while at highway speeds the car pulled to left constantly! you had to keep a good grip on the steering wheel to keep it going straight. You could literally feel the steering wheel fighting you to go to the left! needless to say, we did not buy the car.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #78

Jan 162011


  • 650 miles


Car pulls dangerously to the left, predominantly at highway speeds, however can occur at lesser speeds. If wheel is let go at highway speed, car will immediately dart towards the median from any originating lane. Two attempts to correct issue at dealer have not fixed problem. Dealer stated he has seen same problem in another Sonata turbo, but has no fix. First call to Hyundai regional office resulted in delivery of a "special tool" to fix supposed alignment problem to dealer without any success. Three subsequent calls to Hyundai have to this point gone unreturned. Hyundai is playing "dumb" to this dangerous issue.

- Mountain Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #77

Dec 182010


  • miles
Car pulls to the left intermittently.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #76

Jan 212011


  • 2,400 miles
Car has significant pull to the left, at highway speeds the car will go into adjacent lanes or median within 2 to 3 seconds. This is a significant hazard and eventually will lead to injury or death.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #75

Jan 112011


  • 1,259 miles
When the steering wheel is in the center, the car will not go straight forward. Instead it pulls to left itself. This is not safe, I hope the government can check this or let Hyundai check it.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #74

Jan 032011


  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle began to shift to the left and right side on its own. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #73

Nov 212010


  • 100 miles
Vehicle steering pulls to left at all speeds and requires a heavier then normal pressure to keep the steering wheel and car driving straight.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #72

Dec 252010


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata limited turbo. The contact stated that when driving at least 50 mph, the vehicle would abnormally pull or drift to the left beyond the contacts control. In addition, the steering wheel was not properly aligned or angled correctly and sat abnormally to the left. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and the contact was informed that the vehicle would need an alignment, adjustment to the steering column and a reprogramming of the computer. The vehicle was repaired but to no avail. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was approximately 100.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #71

Jan 132011


  • 87 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata turbo SE pulls very heavily to the left. Pressure needs to be applied to the steering wheel in order to keep the vehicle straight. This is extremely tiresome on extended drives. Arm muscles begin to hurt having to apply pressure to hold the steering wheel straight.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #70

Nov 102010


  • 100 miles
I bought a 2011 hyundia Sonata 2.0T in Nov of 2010 that when I drive at highway speeds there a strong pull to the left. If driving in the left lane of an interstate a firm grip on the steering wheel is required. At slower speeds the left is still noticeable but not as strong. This car has been returned to the dealer three times for alignment, tire pressure check, and tire rotation without fixing the problem.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #69

Jan 122011


  • 1,400 miles
I have a Hyundai Sonata 2011 limited. The car pulls dangerously to the left during operation at high way speeds. The only way to correct this while driving is to jerk the steering wheel to the right half of an inch every so often during highway operation. It seems the car refuses to go straight. This is a brand new car.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

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