More than 460,000 Hyundai Sonatas Are Recalled Because the Wrong Turn Signal May Light Up

The blinker may activate in the opposite direction of the driver’s intent on certain Sonatas

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Photo: Hyundai

Owners of Hyundai Sonatas, Sonata Hybrids, and Sonata Plug-in Hybrids from the 2015 through 2017 model years may be notified that their sedan is among the 466,109 being recalled because the turn signals may have been reversed.

The source of the problem is the same as with Kia Sedona minivans: the electronic component that interprets the signals that come from the turn signal stalk. Hyundai says that in certain circumstances the component may not properly determine the intended turn signal direction. As a result, the turn signal may intermittently activate in the opposite direction of what the driver intended. This could increase the risk of a crash.

Drivers of vehicles with this problem will notice that the turn signal indicator on the dash will also display the unintended direction when activated.

According to documentation from the National Highway Safety Administration, there are no reports of accidents or injuries related to this problem.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 466,109

  • 2015-2017 Hyundai Sonatas: 432,981
  • 2016-2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids: 30,684
  • 2016-2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrids: 2,444

The problem: A software defect may cause the turn signals to activate in the opposite direction of what the driver intended.

The fix: Hyundai dealers will install a software update free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact customer service at 855-371-9460. Hyundai is expected to notify owners by mail beginning Nov. 19, 2021.

NHTSA’s campaign number: 21V749. Hyundai’s internal number is 210.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.