really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,500 miles

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2003 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 132006

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


2003 Hyundai Sonata 4 door sedan. Chrome is peeling from metal interior door handles at random such that passenger or driver will grasp handle to open door and several lacerations to hands and fingers will result. Lacerations are deep enough to release blood. I was a driver and passenger on separate occasions in same vehicle and cut right and left hands on both interior door handles. Upon first encountering peeling chrome on drivers side handle, the vehicle was returned to Hyundai dealership at 3675 sheridan drive amherst, New York (716) 835-8500. Said dealership replaced the driver side handle but did not replace any others. Subsequently, when opening the passenger side door on August 13, 2006, I cut my right hand in several locations resulting in a release of blood. My wife had also cut her hand on the driver side handle. Apparently Hyundai is aware of this issue which is a safety related manufacturing defect resulting from a defective plating / cleaning process prior to plating. Hyundai however, has not issued a voluntary recall of all vehicles for this reason. Plating defects such as this are process related and will be present in thousands of vehicles assembled. I am a experienced quality engineer and director and am knowledgeable of the plating process. My claim is based upon the fact that the Hyundai dealership maintains stock replacement handles and other claims posted on www.edmunds.com as follows: Chrome on interior door handles peel off and causes major cuts on hands when opening door.... 03/10/2004, review of a 2003 Sonata 4 cylinder sedan by jbs... www.edmunds.com/used/2003/Hyundai/Sonata/100188028/ratings_consumer.html - 124K - cached - similar pages.

- Grand Island , NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 182005

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The chrome paint on the inside door handles split and became very sharp. They cut my hand on more than one occasion.

- Effingham, IL, USA

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