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This version of the Sonata has a comfortable and quiet interior, but it is less agile than its predeccesor. The compact sedan offers up-to-date standard safety gear for the time, which included side curtain airbags and electronic stability control. Bigger, more powerful and more refined than the car it replaced, the V6 is quick while the four-cylinder is economical and refined.
Alerts
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Hyundai Sonata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Car was not steering correctly but would go to one side”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Both upper control arms failed. Started making loud groaning/squeaking sounds. This is a VERY COMMON failure with these models. Dealer wanted almost $1000 to change them, I ended up doing it myself for $50 in parts”

Grant B., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“One ball joint started seeking , also an upper control arm was seeking , both needed replacement”

C C., NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Noise”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Lower ball joints worn out”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“squeaky front bushings”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Hyundai is spouse's car and I don't know details, but I think one of the squeaks could be bushings gone bad”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Suspension bushings needed to be replaced because they had worn to the point that the suspension was making noise”

Anonymous, NM (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

“upper control arm bushings were worn, made "clunk" at certain times. I had both sides replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The squeaking started around 25,000 miles in 2009. When I brought it in, they misdiagnosed the problem. In 2014 they replaced the control arm, which now was out of warranty”

J L., GA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Worn bushings and a cracked upper control arm on the passenger side”

Chester V., LA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Bushings squeak common problem. One side then the other replaced upper control arm”

Scott P., MO (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Passenger side upper control arm had to be replaced due to two bushings becoming loose and control sliding forward against mounting part. Made a squeaking noise when going over bumps. From the amount of info on the internet this appears to be a common problem”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Both bushings failed in the upper control arms (both right and left side)”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“The sway bar bushings had hardened and caused a lot of noise in the front end when going over bumps”

Kiran O., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“Recirculating line from power steering reservoir leaking. Replaced hose and connector”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Needed strut replaced”

Maureen N., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaking”

William W., NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“This is spouse's car, so I don't know details. But it squeaks loudly going over bumps. Sounds like steel/rubber rubbing on each other. Annoying”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“worn and a small leak”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“With less than 80K miles the struts are shot, I've had to replace a ball joint and now it appears that the rubber parts at the top on the strut are creaking when suspension travel is required. Other cars suspension wear parts last longer”

Ted P., AL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Replaced the shocks and struts on the vehicle due to wear”

Steve B., MI (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 3.3-L V6)

“Bolt holding strut in place came loose and strut came out of socket. resulted in damage and required both struts to be replaced along with other front suspension parts”

Jim T., QC (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

“Front suspension made a new noise when going over the smallest bumps. Replaced both front assemblies”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Had to replace front struts and bushings”

Philip P., TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“The rack had to be replaced , job took about 10 days but I was given a loaner car at no charge”

C C., NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“upper control arms replaced @ 110,00 miles”

Anonymous, WV (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Just normal wear and tear after 150000 miles, but a fairly expensive repair”

William B., MO (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Shock/ strut replacement + upper control arm replacement”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Experienced knocking sound during certain turning situations”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise when I went over bumb”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

“on going problem with balancing never seems to be perfect”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“The wheel would vibrate”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“the left bearing had to be replaced in november 2014 and the right bearing had to be replaced in may 2015”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“One rear door will not respond to th keyfob open/close/set alarm function”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“when parked & setting the alarm, you had to keep clicking the remote until the lights shut off”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

“Cannot set speed because the button that controls this no longer works. Can turn cruise control on, but is useless beyond that”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“After a transmission replacement at the dealership, the speedometer failed. The mechanics had difficulty diagnosing the problem, and settled on replacing the instrument cluster. That didn't work - car spent a month in the shop before finally gettin”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“it not working”

Anonymous, NB (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Lights will not go off when engine is turned off”

Cary J., ME (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 3.3-L V6)

“Unable to buy part that holds light bulb into headlight framework”

Marion G., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“When using automatic headlights, the parking lights will remain on after the car is shut off -- until the battery is dead”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“headlight bulbs replaced numerous times”

Jay F., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“I have changed very light on the car”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“The driver side headlight has blown at least 5 times in the last 2 years, and nobody seems to be able to fix it properly”

Paul K., IN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“like clockwork, the headlights have to be replaced every 2 years because they burn out”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

“Mutliple burned out brake and collision avoidance bulbs”

Richard C., CO (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Parking lights do not always shut off when turning the engine off”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Burned out”

Tom B., VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Tail lites continually going out. Have to replace the bulbs on stop and directional lites. center stop is next to impossible to replace”

Donald B., IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 3.3-L V6)

“have to replace break lights more often then on other cars”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Bulbs constantly burning out”

Jay F., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“The driver side tail light has blown 2 times in the last year with nobody being able to diagnose this problem”

Paul K., IN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Lights/ bulbs continually burn out”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“This problem is linked to the other electric problem with the warning lights”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)
Keyless entry

“The keyless entry doesn't work on the driver's side door”

Dean A., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Fails to open all doors. Problem with power locks on two doors”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“intermittent functioning doors and alarm, then battery drain problem. Had to remove fuse to disable system completely or battery would go dead. Doors would lock or unlock at their whim. Alarm just as unpredictable”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Driver's side door lock is intermittent - sometimes it locks and sometimes it doesn't. Same with unlocking. The rest of the doors lock with keyless without a problem”

Kevin S., IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“All 4 of the door locks had to be replaced because they would no longer lock, even manually”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Warning lights

“Eng. warning ligt when gas tank is over filled even when automatic gas pump hold is used. Light goes out at one half full”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“check engine lilght goes on and off by itself had it checked first time and not problem”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Warning lights flash on and off, radio flashes on and off, internal and external lights flicker. Hyundai dealership cannot figure out why”

Dawn M., TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Problem with an electrical short. ESC light comes on and the Dash lights short out when I turn on the head lights. ESC warning light will some times come on when driving and sometimes go back off without me doing anything. OR The ESC light also migh”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“caliper dragging”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Slipping front caliper after brake replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes were squeaking/grinding so car went to the shop. It needed Calipers, rotors, pads, shoes, and the parking brake cable. Car had gone about 195,000 miles, so it wasn't too much of a surprise”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 3.3-L V6)

“Rear brakes simply wore out”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It was just time to do it”

Charles S., WI (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Had never had brake problems before. Was discovered under required state inspection. I got a second opinion. However, the back bakes still squeak”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS Unsure)

“replaced brakes complete front and rear”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Replacing braking system too frequent”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“grinding and squeaking”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“squeak”

William S., IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“changed brakes because of normal wear”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 3.3-L V6)

“Seized parking brake cable”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“The back plates rusted completely off”

Paul D., ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“since the car wasnew have had to replace or service brakes prematurely”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“The aftermarket pads and new Hyundai rotors failed in less than a year”

Paul D., ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“rear brake pads and rotors worn out before the fronts”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“For the second time since purchasing this car, we had to replace brakes & rotors. Less than 38000 miles on car”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brakes needed repair at 28000 miles”

Richard K., MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Again it was just time to do it”

Charles S., WI (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“For the second time since purchasing this car, we had to replace brakes & rotors. Less than 38000 miles on car”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake shops used to turn rotors routinely to true them up. This requires a lathe and time. I think they realized that it is much and cheaper,(for them) to just tell us we need NEW rotors”

Deborah S., IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Brakes squeak when you back up . Does it all the time. Had it examined by an independent service garage Can't seem to correct it”

Donald B., IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“In March of 2012 I had to have the system recharged. It happened again in August of 2014. The dealer checked for leaks and found no leaks but recharged again. The car is under extended warranty. I'll see what happens this summer when I use the A/C”

E C., IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Did not know compressor was bad until I took in for regular service”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“It leaked out the refrigerant and wasn't cooling like it should”

Roger D., TX (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“EXPENSIVE; PROBLEM NOT SOLVED ON FIRST ATTEMPT”

Bob C., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“it has a leak, and will cost $750 to replace”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“compressor was bad and needed to be replaced”

Ty F., TX (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“I had the A/C compressor replaced 3 times because of a loud noise it was making. 2nd time was under warranty, then shop closed so I had to pay all over again for the 3rd time at another shop”

Kiran O., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Compressor went out at approx. 145000”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“AC wasn't working because of compressor leak. They replaced it with a new Hyundai compressor, but the replacement began leaking in about 8 months, and another Hyundai compressor was installed”

Anonymous, WV (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“failed at 38k miles not covered with warrenty”

Richard H., NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Outside temperature indicator stopped showing”

Richard C., SC (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“fail to maintain temperature, inconsistent cooling in summer, was followed by a failure to heat in winter”

Robert S., MO (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“worked some of time, replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“In car temperature gauge has been incorrect since I purchased. Thermometer reads 30 degrees colder than it is - so it is constantly pumping warm air to offset”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Very loud”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Condenser

“Joint leak resulting in loss of freon”

Irwin S., VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“This car has had twice a year Refrigerant refills, with NO Leaks found by 3 different A/C Shops and the Hyundai Dealer. So far, this issue has cost Me over $2000 in Service and Diagnosis of the A/C System”

Joseph C., PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor developed a small leak which requires a recharge about once per year. Otherwise, blows very cold”

John L., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“compressor was bad and needed to be replaced”

Ty F., TX (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“had leak after car was in storage for 6 months. Did not leak after recharging and driving”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“There is a pinhole leak. No idea where. Compressor still seems okay”

Steven W., TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Every couple months the check engine light goes on with a P0456 code: Evaporative Emission System Leak Detected (Very Small Leak)”

David V., CT (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

“Canister needs replaced causing check engine light to display, and possibly fewer miles per gallon. I have decided not to get it fixed for the time being because of the cost -- $900+”

Anonymous, WV (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“This refers to the excessive emissions white smoke from the exhaust”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“A Hyundai dealership caused a 'slow evaporative leak' from the gas tank that causes the check engine light to come on routinely. They denied fault and want to charge me $500 to fix the problem”

Kiran O., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Check Engine light comes on. Code indicates Evaporation system leak. Replaced gas cap. Check engine light comes on again after a few days ... same code. Replace valve in evaporation system. Still same code after a few days. Smoke test cannot fi”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“Excess fuel apparently injected by low mileage and prolonged white combustion smoke srom the exhaust”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Fuel Pump caused the car to stall for several years until finally it caused the car not to start. It was only when the car refused to start did we discover it was the fuel pump. I did notice a dip in fuel economy while the fuel pump was not working”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Among the many problems we had with this car, the check engine light keeps going on. Long story short the car has been in the shop several times for leaks in the evap system and the last time we just had the whole fuel pump replaced as there was a cr”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Replaced one of the O2 sensors”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Engine light required changing OCV & brake switch”

William W., NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have the O2 sensor replaced twice so far”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“The check light came on, I had the code checked and the Oxygen Sensor was bad”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Check engine light keeps coming on,”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“leak in pump and sensor mechanism at gas tank connection to fuel line. Extremely small leak. does not seem to effect car performance but results in chronic "check engine" light being on. Too expensive to fix. (no real benefit to making repair)”

Jim T., QC (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

“I was told an oxygen sensor was responsible for hesitation at 55-60 mph and it was replaced but it did not resolve the problem”

Anonymous, KS (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed a new vapor canister vent solenoid and a canister purge valve”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“the plastic trim around the windshield has come loose. Cannot be fixed without expensive replacement of entire strip”

Joel L., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Black trim dividing rear passenger window has peeled and is down to bare metal. Happened once before and was covered under warranty, not covered now”

Edward O., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“visors, console and many other parts break or fall off”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“drivers sun visor broke which I had to replace as I understand that this has been a problem with the sonata line”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“the interior of the car is coming apart. The engine runs great, but the inside looks bad”

Katy F., OR (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX Unsure)

“Paint fade on lower front panel early on not in last 12 months”

Richard K., MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“primer has failed and the paint is peeling of the car. 2 dealerships will do nothing about it. It will cost almosty 4,000.00 dollars to strip the primer off the car and re-paint”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“The hood and the drivers side C pillar have clear coat that has faded away leaving the color coat base to fade it is only these two area's that exhibit this problem. I have meticulously washed and waxed this car regularly”

Ted P., AL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Paint is peeling off on trunk, inside trunk area. Around windshield, on hood of vehicle. I have seen this same paint problem on several Hyundai sonatas from the similar body styles”

Sean G., MD (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Some of the trim molding has faded or chipped off. I have also recently noticed tiny rust spots starting to form”

Gloria W., NJ (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 3.3-L V6)

“Paint flaking off when washing car with low pressure household water hose. Chips very easy. Started in past 12 months”

J P., LA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“paint has faded in fairly large places on the exterior of the car”

Katy F., OR (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX Unsure)
Rust

“I had rust repaired under warranty in 2012, at the right rear fender well, only to have it return in 2 years. The Dealer did a VERY poor job of Rust Repair & Painting. They contend it's something I've done. INCREDIBLE !!”

Joseph C., PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front of hood has a 4"+ area of rust. Right rear by wheel well. Lower front of passenger side front door”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“The sun roof drains became clogged, and as a result, the water runs into the trunk area”

Kiran O., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Needed to have the rocker arms replaced as they were super squeaky. Arms replaced and now all is back to normal. It cost me $430”

Michael C., TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver's door lock failed”

Dennis M., MD (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Squeak from under the dash whenever the car goes over a bump. Worse in cold weather”

W L., CO (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Clunking sounds in front end when going over bumps. Noises are from undercarriage in front end”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“The brakes squeek a lot and dealer did not fix it”

John S., OH (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 3.3-L V6)

“Squeaks in right front when I hit a bump. Steering "moans" when making a slow sharp turn”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Car squeaked terribly - in front, suspension - replaced struts, solved problem”

Anonymous, NM (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

“The S belt pulleys are worn and are very noisy. They can be replaced, however”

Kevin S., IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Difficult to pinpoint squeaks heard inside the cabin in the back of the car”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Suspension is making a lot of noise when it is cold. No real fix for it other than replacement. However, the suspension still works & doesn't need to be replaced according to two mechanics”

Steven W., TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Rear suspension creaks”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“Windows movement broken”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio antenna was having issues and ithe antenna is in the windshield. The rear window has to be replaced to fix antenna. Purchased extended warranty and they refused to cover antenna even thought there was no damage and it was less than 100000 miles”

Sean G., MD (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Dealer told me it would cost 1200.00 to replace drivers car seat”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Driver side door handle broke off”

Dan Y., GA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“automatic locks have broken. paid to replace them at dealer but they still do not work”

Joel L., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“rear drivers door lck does not lock or unlock automatically. have to manually unlock and lock. Not covered under warranty”

Edward O., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Ignition switch is very sensitive and sometimes you can not even turn the key to start”

Barbara S., NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)
Mirrors

“Passneger side visor would not stay in rectracted position”

Richard C., CO (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“a gust of wind actually cracked the casing on the driver's side mirror and because of that I had to get the entire thing replaced for a total of $487. Unbelievably, the dealer could not just replace the plastic casing. Very poor quality plastic cas”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Windows

“Passenger window motor stopped working”

Dan Y., GA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Driver side window became stuck in the partially open position. Cause determined to be frayed cable in the regulator. Regulator replacement required ... more than US$200”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Power window on passenger side front quit working. Motor quit”

Barbara S., NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“I complained about rough idle at times and it turned out to be some sort of loose pulley. It was repaired under the warranty”

E C., IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Whenever I drove through a puddle, my battery light came on and I lost power steering. They replaced the original serpentine belt which was worn but it's still happening”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Failed leading to alternator not charging”

Richard H., NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)
Engine computer

“Experienced hesitation of the engine. The report reads "replace TPS and update ECM software"”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Fuel leaks

“replaced fuel pump”

Lawrence V., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Upper rocker arm cover seal leaks oil onto front of engine. Gaskets had to be replaced. Bad oil ordar”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Valve cover gasket developed a leak. The oil leaked into the alternator, which affected alternator performance”

Larry K., AZ (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“oil leaks were result of above mentioned gasket leaks”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Leaking valve cover gasket”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Valve cover gasket leak”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“Fracture or fissure in the head. Expensive repair work”

Ron P., ON (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“stupid kid was driving it and engine blew. I think a rod broke”

Ronald H., MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“CLICKING NOISE FROM ENGINE. HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH VALVES”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Oil pump failed at about 101,000 miles, caused engine to fail. After the rebuild, the throttle body injection system failed”

Jackie J., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“threw a rod through the engine-broke down 300 miles from home- towed it home and had used engine put in-it's a noisier engine and leaks oil”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“If I remember correctly, this problem caused my "Check Engine" light to come on, and stall my car, twice in one month!”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Was told by 2 different repair shops that I had oil leaks from engine gaskets”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“Engine Light Lighted. A computer reprogramed twice Timing Coil Replaced”

Anonymous, SK (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Battery failed, not keeping a charge (discovered that it was the original battery). Replaced with a die hard”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

“NEEDED NEW BATTERY AFTER 7 YRS. NORMAL WEAR/USEAGE”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“The battery was original equipment so I replaced it pre-emptively although it was still working fine”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“wheel speed sensor to one wheel became disconnected and the throttle position sensor malfunctioned causing the engine to not respond to the gas pedal and idle at 2000 rpm”

Kory H., CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)
Starter

“Starter failed requiring full replacement”

Alexander J., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“Car failed to start. Dealer replaced starter and starter relay”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

“starter failed”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Cd stuck in the 6 cd changer. Cost to remove is high and was told there was a good chance it wouldn't work correctly after”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Radio

“AM DOES NOT WORK BECAUSE A DEFECT IN THE REAR WINDOW DEFROST, NECESSITED THAT THE DEFROST BE DISCONNECTED. tHE DEFROST WAS THE AM ANTENNA”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio turns on and off multiple times while warning lights do the same. Hyundai dealership had the car for multiple days without being able to diagnose the problem”

Dawn M., TN (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“while driving the heat & radio would come on & off”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

“Cruise control. Won't always set & sometimes resume deactivates cruise”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“Catalytic converter had to be replaced, probably due to faulty O2 sensor”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The catalytic converter fail and stopped the flow of exhaust gases and this stopped the car from running”

William T., PA (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front flex exhaust pipe had to be replaced due to wear & tear aggravated by New Jersey roads years overdue for paving/pothole repair”

James L., NJ (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

“gasket”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

“Was told by the dealer that a leaky oil filter had resulted in oil getting into the transmission and that caused the sensors to have to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Alternator”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3-L V6)

“Fuel Pump Failure”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Thermostat stuck closed, causing overheating and pressure build-up caused radiator to fail and leak, requiring replacement of entire radiator”

Alexander J., FL (2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3-L V6)

“cracked lower housing”

SUSn W., OR (2006 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“The slipping transmission was due to a severely worn/damaged clutch flywheel”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“The previous owner had thrashed the car and as a result the clutch was very sensitive. The clutch began slipping within 8 months after we purchased it and cost nearly $3000 to replace”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK
Jan 09 2018
An electrical short within the ABS Module may cause an engine compartment fire, even when the car is turned off, increasing the risk of an injury.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2006-2011 Hyundai Azera and 2006 Hyundai Sonata vehicles. Water may enter the Anti-lock Brake (ABS) Module and result in an electrical short .
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install a relay in the vehicle's main junction box to prevent the risk of an ABS short-circuit while the car is turned off, free of charge. The recall began on February 19, 2018. Owners may call Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 172.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V026000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 87854
SUSPENSION:REAR
Aug 12 2013
Control arm separation may suddenly change the rear wheel alignment, affecting the handling of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Sonata vehicles manufactured March 1, 2005, through January 21, 2010; and model year 2006-2011 Azera vehicles manufactured September 27, 2005, through November 22, 2010 originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Road salt and water can enter portions of the rear crossmember, leading to corrosion of the crossmember steel. This may lead to detachment of one of the rear control arms.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair or replace the crossmember assembly. The recall began on October 8, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai Customer Care Center at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall number is 113.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V354000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 364502
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Jul 21 2009
ANY OF THESE MALFUNCTIONS COULD LEAD TO A CRASH.
Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 3,011 MODEL YEAR 2005-2007 ELANTRA, TUCSON, SONATA, AZERA AND ACCENT VEHICLES. A MALFUNCTIONING STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO FAIL TO ILLUMINATE WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED OR MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO REMAIN ILLUMINATED WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS RELEASED. A DEFECTIVE STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY ALSO AFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE BRAKE-TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK FEATURE SO THE TRANSMISSION WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE SHIFT OUT OF THE "PARK" POSITION. IT MAY ALSO CAUSE THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC) MALFUNCTION LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE, AND IT MAY NOT DEACTIVATE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STOP LAMP SWITCH FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI OF PUERTO RICO CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-787-999-4310.
For more information:
HYUNDAI OF PUERTO RICO RECALL NO.91B026.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V280000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3011
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Apr 15 2009
ANY OF THESE MALFUNCTIONS, ALONE OR IN COMBINATION, MAY LEAD TO A CRASH.
Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 532,633 MY 2006-2007 ACCENT, ENTOURAGE, SONATA, MY 2007 AZERA, ELANTRA AND SANTA FE, MY 2005-2007 TUCSON AND MY 2007-2008 VERACRUZ VEHICLES. THE STOP LAMP SWITCH IN THE AFFECTED VEHICLES MAY MALFUNCTION. A MALFUNCTIONING STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO NOT ILLUMINATE WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED OR MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO REMAIN ILLUMINATED WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS RELEASED. A STOP LAMP SWITCH MALFUNCTION MAY ALSO AFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE BRAKE-TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK FEATURE SO THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTER WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE SHIFTED OUT OF THE PARK POSITION. IT MAY ALSO CAUSE THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC) MALFUNCTION LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE, AND IT MAY NOT DEACTIVATE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STOP LAMP SWITCH FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 29, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 092.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V122000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 532633
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Apr 07 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
SABERSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 11, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABERSPORT AT 1-909-598-7589.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY SABERSPORT.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16270
AIR BAGS
Apr 10 2008
MISCLASSIFICATION OF A SMALL STATURE ADULT AS A CHILD IN THE RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER SEAT MAY CAUSE THE RIGHT FRONT AIR BAG TO NOT INFLATE IN AN ACCIDENT THAT MERITS AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT AND MAY RESULT IN INJURY TO THE RIGHT FRONT OCCUPANT.
Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 393,308 MY 2006-2008 SONATA VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AN ADVANCED AIR BAG SYSTEM WHICH FEATURES AN OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (OCS) IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT. THE PURPOSE OF THE OCS IS TO DISABLE THE RIGHT PASSENGER SEAT FRONT AIR BAG WHEN IT DETECTS THE PRESENCE OF A CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM OR SMALL CHILD IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT. THE RIGHT FRONT AIR BAG IS DISABLED TO PREVENT INJURIES TO A CHILD THAT MAY RESULT FROM A RIGHT FRONT AIR BAG INFLATION DURING A CRASH.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL VERIFY THAT THE OCS DOES NOT PROPERLY RECOGNIZE A PROPERLY SEATED ADULT OCCUPANT. AFTER VERIFICATION, DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT CUSHION ASSEMBLY AND SHIP IT TO AN EVALUATION AND REPAIR FACILITY. THIS FACILITY WILL EVALUATE AND REPAIR OR REPROGRAM THE SEAT CUSHION AND OCS AS NECESSARY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MAY 26, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 083.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V161000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 393308
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
Mar 07 2008
IMPROPER AIMING OF THE HEADLAMP MAY RESULT IN POOR VISIBILITY POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
HYUNDAI-KIA IS RECALLING 4,085 REPLACEMENT HEADLAMP ASSEMBLIES SOLD FOR USE ON 2006-2008 SONATA AND AZERA VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMP ASSEMBLIES MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ALIGNED PROPERLY AND FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE PHOTOMETRIC REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
HYUNDAI-KIA DEALERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED TO RETURN THEIR SUPPLY TO HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA. NONE OF THE HEADLAMPS WERE SOLD AS RETAIL. AS A RESULT, AN OWNER NOTIFICATION LETTER WILL NOT BE ISSUED.
For more information:
HYUNDAI-KIA RECALL CAMPAIGN 080.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08E021000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4085
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Jun 26 2006
IF THE LABELS ARE DISTORTED OR MISSING, THE DRIVER OR FRONT SEAT PASSENGER WILL NOT HAVE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THAT MAY HELP PROTECT THEM IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE AIR BAG WARNING LABEL INSTALLED ON THE SUNVISORS HAD LOST ADHESION TO THE SUNVISORS AND HAD DISTORTED OR SEPARATED FROM THE SUN VISORS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SUNVISOR ASSEMBLIES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 2, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 076.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V234000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43301
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
May 22 2006
AN IMPROPERLY POSITIONED TURN SIGNAL LENS MAY REDUCE THE INTENSITY OF THE TURN SIGNAL ILLUMINATION, REDUCING ITS VISIBILITY TO ONCOMING TRAFFIC, WHICH MAY RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE INNER BEZELS OF THE HEADLAMPS WERE NOT PROPERLY ASSEMBLED WHICH MAY CAUSE THE TURN SIGNAL LENSES TO BE IMPROPERLY POSITIONED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE LEFT AND RIGHT HEADLAMP ASSEMBLIES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 26, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 075.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V180000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 463
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER
Aug 29 2005
THE INADVERTENT RELEASE OF A FRONT SEAT BACK RECLINER MAY RESULT IN INJURY TO VEHICLE OCCUPANTS.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE FRONT SEAT BELT MAY INTERFERE WITH THE MANUAL SEAT BACK RECLINER KNOB AND COULD CAUSE THE FRONT MANUAL SEAT BACK RECLINER TO INADVERTENTLY RELEASE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE MANUAL SEAT BACK RECLINER KNOB(S) FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 14, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 072.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V377000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 36000
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL:AUTOMATIC (ASC)
Jul 07 2005
THIS MAY CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO SLOW AND MAY AFFECT THE PATH THAT THE VEHICLE IS TRAVELING. BRAKE APPLICATION CAUSED BY INADVERTENT ESC ACTIVATION MAY RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 3.3 LITER ENGINES AND ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC), THE ESC MAY HAVE BEEN PROGRAMMED TO BE OVERSENSITIVE TO THE ONSET OF OVERSTEERING WHILE DRIVING ON BANKED CURVES, CAUSING INADVERTENT APPLICATION OF THE FRONT OUTSIDE BRAKE WHEN ESC ACTIVATION MAY NOT BE NEEDED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE ESC HYDRAULIC ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 29, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 070.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V316000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1970
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