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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,248 miles

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid miscellaneous problems

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 282016

Sonata Hybrid

  • 72,000 miles


"takata recall my 2012 Hyundai Sonata hybrid limited is coming up with a warning signal "hybrid safety warning do not drive".and check brakethis has happened on three separate occasions. Taken to 3 different dealers and no body able to detect the problem. The car sounds an alarm and the message comes up on the dash above the steering wheel. Local dealership and customer care line cannot provide explanation or fix.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 022014

Sonata Hybrid

  • 66,000 miles
When putting my car in park the warning "hybrid system warning! safely stop and do not drive" appears. If I turn the car off and immediately try to restart it will not start. If I turn the car off and wait about 15 minutes it will start with no alerts. This has happened approximately 10 times and I have taken it to the dealership but they are unable to duplicate it and told me there is nothing they can do. The manual says not to drive it after this happens and have it towed to the dealership. I am not sure whether or not to continue driving it since they cannot tell me what could potentialy happen.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 142014

Sonata Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 31,990 miles
Similar to NHTSA id numbers: 10546231 & 10582880 - "check brakes"...2012 Hyundai Sonata hybrid will not start or move (Apr 2014). From parked position, turned on vehicle (stepped on brake and depressed electronic ignition). Loud chimes occurred with message "check brakes". no brakes were on, car would not move forward/reverse. Car towed to said it may take a few days to a week until "hybrid" expert can diagnos due to other hybrid's awaiting service! same "check brake" issue occurred 8-months ago (Aug 2013) and was "repaired" with service software update.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 282013

Sonata Hybrid

  • 18,800 miles
My 2012 Hyundai Sonata hybrid limited is coming up with a warning signal "hybrid safety warning do not drive". this has happened on three separate occasions. The common factor has been that I was driving the car on a 95+ degree day and it happens when I pull in to park after driving for approximately 30 minutes. The car sounds an alarm and the message comes up on the dash above the steering wheel. The car gets stuck in park. I turn it off and restart it 30 minutes later after a cool off period. The local Hyundai dealership and Hyundai customer care line cannot provide an explanation nor fix. Hyundai seems unwilling and unable to run this issue up to their design engineers to find out what the light is designed to alert owners and mechanics about. I am concerned that the lithium battery may be a part of this "hybrid safety" problem. Since Hyundai does not know what the alert means, they cannot assure me that it is not the lithium battery causing this alert. They simply cannot diagnose it since they cannot make it replicate at the dealership.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 122012

Sonata Hybrid

  • 7,450 miles
While slowly moving downhill, on the freeway, during rush hour traffic, I attempted to change lanes and accelerated quickly. The switch from hybrid to gas engine interface only caused the engine to rev (increase RPM) without any gear being engaged. I quickly let off the peddle and depressed it again. It then engaged the transmission, narrowly averting an accident. This has happened 5-6 times since purchasing this car when traveling slowly and then trying to get a burst from the gas engine. I spoke with the dealership, and took it in for a check per their recommendation. They found nothing and could not reproduce it, although they did not try the same circumstance. They only attempted to stop and accelerate at which I said they wouldn't get it to happen that way.

- Temecula, CA, USA

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