hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,914 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Hyundai Sonata electrical problems

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2010 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 092016


  • 103,000 miles


When you turn the key over everything comes on and everything works except the starter. I have replaced 3 starters and the car doesn't even have 103,000 miles on it. I turned the car off outside of the store. I came back out turned the key and nothing. I was stranded again! I'm thinking it's something else.

- Glenco, KY, USA

problem #9

Jul 142015


  • 75,000 miles
My car won't start. It sounds like it tries to start then all you hear is the starter spinning. I had my vehicle towed to the nearest Hyundai dealership. The service advisor at the dealership explained that the starter lever arm need to be replaced. The plastic part is known to be faulty, and Hyundai refuses to perform a recall to replace the plastic part with a metal part. To make matters worse-the starter lever arm cost about $8.15 to replace however the dealership insist on charging $400 to replace the broken plastic lever arm. I am a second owner, and have 75K miles on my vehicle; therefore I do not have a warranty on the part.

- Richton Park, IL, USA

problem #8

Dec 072012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The electronic stability control (ESC) turns off randomly by its self while the car engine is on. Pressing the ESC button to turn ESC back on does not work. Turning off the engine and then turning it back on sometimes takes care of the problem. When the ESC is off, the breaking system is severely affected where even with a relatively light press on the brakes can result in the locking of the tires.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 172013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 5,800 miles


Windows stopped going up and down..can;T get my windows up and down at all.they are presently in the up position but will not move..ican here a clicking noise when ipush the button to go up and down but the window will not move, not any window. Safety hazard.

- Springdale, MD, USA

problem #6

Apr 012013


  • 27,000 miles
As I was driving to make a turn the car shut down without warning. It has happened two other times sine this first incident. Car shut down as I was going various speeds. The cranking of the ignition is also a problem. I first reported this to the dealer in 2011. It cranks as if it is about to die then it has eventually caught and turned on. This is an ongoing issue. Since it doesn't show a code or act up when I am in for service they do nothing for me.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 082013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I was sent a safety recall letter from Hyundai stating that the stop lamp switch intermittently malfunctions. This happens to me continuously. I took it to a repair shop when I was vacationing in Chicago, as I thought there was a problem with my car, and that I might be in a dangerous road situation. They checked it out and could find nothing, but I still had to pay for the diagnosis. I have asked Hyundai to reimburse me for this since it turns out to be a malfunction, that caused me to spend money to try to diagnose. They refuse to reimburse me, even though they admit it is a malfunction on their part...but I wasn't notified of this until 4 months after being charged to try and figure out what was going on.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 172013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 53,215 miles


My 2010 Hyundai Sonata completely shut down on me 2-times in less than 5-minutes times while I was driving today. I was on my way to enter the expressway. The power steering and everything just shut down. My car just made a sudden stop. Thank god I had not entered the expressway and took the side streets home. I feel that this is a real safety hazard to myself, the passengers riding with me as well as other drivers, passengers and families on the road. My vehicle has 53,215 miles, there is no way this should be happening. If this is happening to my vehicle, I know it's occurring in other Sonata's and other Hyundai vehicles base on what I see in online entries on the 2010 Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai vehicles. Manufactures must be held accountable for the defected products place on the market. I know that I'm a small voice against a large corporation, but if you take the time to investigate I know that my claim will be validated. I hope and pray that something is done about this before we are dealing with injuries or fatalities. I am a frustrated and unhappy Hyundai Sonata owner, looking for Hyundai to put safety first!

- Berkeley, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 192013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 55,122 miles
Came out to work parking lot. Car would not start. Battery was failing, not dead. Replaced battery [with duralast battery (autozone - 09/19/2013) - $115]; did not resolve issue. Starter was tested and had failed. Replaced the starter [with duralast starter (autozone - 09/20/2013) - $267.11]; resolved the issue.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #2

Apr 222013


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop for diagnostic testing, where it was determined that the starter failed. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the starter. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 68,000. The current mileage was 70,500.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 252010


  • 22,000 miles
2010 Hyundai Sonata. 9 months old, has been in the service center 5 different times. 2 times for sensor replacement. The last 3 times, driving at a normal accelerate pace. Check engine light comes on, ESC light comes on and vehicle loses power. On one of those occasions, vehicle lost power while going through intersection, and almost was rear ended. Service department has replaced many parts from throttle position assembly to thermostat to electrical wiring harness. In my opinion, vehicle is a lemon.

- Kinston, NC, USA

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