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Hyundai again recalls model year 2007-2012 Veracruz vehicles

An oil leak could result in a charging system failure

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 60,097 year 2007-2012 Veracruz vehicles that were previously recalled.

Oil may leak from the front cylinder bank cover gasket, potentially dripping onto the alternator and causing the charging system to become inoperative.

An inoperative charging system can result in an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the valve cover gasket and repair it as necessary free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin January 8, 2021.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 197.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 60,097 year 2007-2012 Veracruz vehicles that were previously recalled. Oil may leak from the front cylinder bank cove...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2019-2020 Kona Electric vehicles

The vehicle's lithium ion battery may short circuit

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 6,707 model year 2019-2020 Kona Electric vehicles.

The lithium ion battery may short-circuit after it is fully charged, increasing the risk of a fire.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the Battery Management System (BMS) software and inspect the lithium ion battery, replacing it -- if necessary -- free of charge.

Owners are advised to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until the repair is complete.

The recall is expected to begin December 11, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 196.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 6,707 model year 2019-2020 Kona Electric vehicles. The lithium ion battery may short-circuit after it is fully charge...
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Hyundai recalls Genesis G70s with 2.0L GDI engines

The engine may receive an insufficient fuel supply

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 319 model year 2021 Genesis G70s with 2.0L GDI engines.

The fuel pump's jet nozzle may have a plastic burr remaining from the manufacturing process, possibly causing a blocked nozzle and an insufficient fuel supply to the engine.

Insufficient fuel supply can result in an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the fuel pump assembly jet nozzle free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin November 13, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 005G.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 319 model year 2021 Genesis G70s with 2.0L GDI engines. The fuel pump's jet nozzle may have a plastic burr remaining ...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2019-2021 Tucsons

An Anti-lock Brake unit may cause an engine compartment fire

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 180,000 model year 2019-2021 Tucsons.

The Anti-lock Brake Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) could corrode internally and cause an electrical short, possibly resulting in an engine compartment fire.

An engine compartment fire can increase the risk of injury or crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the HECU free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin October 30, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 195.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 180,000 model year 2019-2021 Tucsons. The Anti-lock Brake Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) could corrode inte...
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Hyundai recalls Elantra and Sonata Hybrids, Accents and Velosters

The accessory power outlet may overheat

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 272,126 model year 2011-2012 Elantra and Sonata Hybrids, and model year 2012 Accents and Velosters.

The 12V accessory socket outlet may have been over-tightened during installation, possibly disabling the thermal fuse and allowing the outlet to overheat with prolonged use, such as by using the Tire Mobility Kit air compressor to inflate a tire.

An overheated accessory outlet increases the risk of fire.

What to do

Hyundai is currently developing a remedy, which will be performed free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin August 28, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 193.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 272,126 model year 2011-2012 Elantra and Sonata Hybrids, and model year 2012 Accents and Velosters. The 12V accessory...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2016 Genesis Coupes

The driver's airbag may be insufficiently tightened

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 1,295 model year 2016 Genesis Coupes.

The mounting bolts securing the driver-side front airbag may have been insufficiently tightened, potentially causing the airbag to detach from the steering wheel.

A detached driver's airbag increases the risk of injury in a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the mounting bolts and retighten them as necessary free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin June 26, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (800) 633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 192.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 1,295 model year 2016 Genesis Coupes.The mounting bolts securing the driver-side front airbag may have been insuffic...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2020 Nexos and Sonatas

The Remote Smart Parking Assist software may fail to prevent vehicle movement

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 11,870 model year 2020 Nexos and Sonatas.

The Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) software may fail to prevent vehicle movement upon detection of an RSPA system malfunction.

Unintended vehicle movement increases the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the RSPA software free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin June 4, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 191.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 11,870 model year 2020 Nexos and Sonatas. The Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) software may fail to prevent vehicle...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2020 Sonatas

The tire pressure label and owner's manual have incorrect tire size information

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 5,044 model year 2020 Sonatas produced between October 22, 2019, and February 13, 2020.

The tire pressure label inside the driver's door and the owner's manual contain incorrect tire size information.

Incorrect tire information may mislead the vehicle owner to install the wrong tire size, potentially affecting vehicle handling, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install new label stickers over the tire pressure label and in the owner's manual free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 190.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 5,044 model year 2020 Sonatas produced between October 22, 2019, and February 13, 2020. The tire pressure label insid...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2013-2014 Sonatas

The low pressure fuel hose may crack and leak

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 206,896 model year 2013-2014 Sonatas.

The low pressure fuel hose that connects the low pressure fuel pump to the direct injection fuel pump may crack over time due to heat generated within the engine compartment.

If the fuel line cracks, a fuel leak can occur, increasing the risk of a fire.

What to do

The remedy for this recall is still under development.

The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 189.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 206,896 model year 2013-2014 Sonatas.The low pressure fuel hose that connects the low pressure fuel pump to the dire...
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Hyundai recalls Elantras and Elantra Touring vehicles

The Anti-lock Brake module may short circuit

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 429,686 model year 2006-2011 Elantras and model year 2007-2011 Elantra Touring vehicles.

Moisture may enter the Anti-lock Brake (ABS) Module and result in an electrical short.

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.

What to 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 is expected to begin April 3, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 188.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 429,686 model year 2006-2011 Elantras and model year 2007-2011 Elantra Touring vehicles. Moisture may enter the Anti-...
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Model year 2020 Hyundai Konas recalled

The certification label may have the incorrect Gross Axle Weight Rating

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 477 model year 2020 Konas.

The certification label may indicate incorrect Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). An incorrect GAWR could result in the vehicle being overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install new label stickers displaying the correct GAWR over the affected areas of the certification label free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin March 20, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 187.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 477 model year 2020 Konas. The certification label may indicate incorrect Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). An incorre...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2020 Palisade

The side curtain airbags may be damaged during deployment

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 11,217 model year 2020 Palisades.

The mounting bolts used to secure the side curtain airbags may damage the side curtain airbags during deployment.

Damaged side curtain airbags may not inflate properly in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover on the mounting bolts free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin January 3, 2020.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 186.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 11,217 model year 2020 Palisades.The mounting bolts used to secure the side curtain airbags may damage the side curt...
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Hyundai recalls Ioniq Hybrids and Elantras

The right-side rear wheel may detach from the vehicle

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 48 model year 2019 Ioniq Hybrids and model year 2020 Elantras. The right-side rear wheel lug nuts may have been insufficiently tightened, allowing the wheel to detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, tighten the lug nuts free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 27, 2019.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (800) 251-0871. Hyundai's number for this recall is 184.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 48 model year 2019 Ioniq Hybrids and model year 2020 Elantras. The right-side rear wheel lug nuts may have been insuffic...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2020 Elantras

The ball joint may detach from the lower control arm

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 744 model year 2020 Elantras.

The lower control arm ball joint fasteners may have been insufficiently tightened allowing the ball joint to detach from the lower control arm.

A detached ball joint can cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, tighten the ball joint fasteners free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 27, 2019.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 185.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 744 model year 2020 Elantras.The lower control arm ball joint fasteners may have been insufficiently tightened allow...
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Hyundai recalls Genesis G80s and G90s

Oil may leak onto the exhaust manifold

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 8,059 model year 2018 Genesis G80s and model year 2017-2018 Genesis G90s equipped with 3.3 liter turbocharged engines.

The turbocharger oil supply pipe may have a loose seal, causing oil to leak onto the exhaust manifold.

Oil leaking onto the exhaust manifold increases the risk of a fire.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the turbocharger oil supply pipe free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin September 6, 2019.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 003G.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 8,059 model year 2018 Genesis G80s and model year 2017-2018 Genesis G90s equipped with 3.3 liter turbocharged engines....
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Hyundai recall model year 2019 Velosters

The driver's door may open in a crash

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 12,438 model year 2019 Velosters.

In certain side impact crashes, the driver's door latch housing and locking cable can become damaged, allowing the driver's side door to open, resulting in occupant ejection or increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's side door latch assembly and lower channel free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin June 14, 2019.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 183.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 12,438 model year 2019 Velosters.In certain side impact crashes, the driver's door latch housing and locking cable c...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2013 Velosters

Excessive cylinder pressure may damage the engineExcessive cylinder pressure may damage the engine

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 16,487 model year 2013 Velosters equipped with 1.6 liter turbo engines.

The engine management software may cause premature ignition (pre-ignition) of the air/fuel mixture in the engine.

The resulting excessive cylinder pressure may damage the engine which can increase the risk of a fire or cause an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine management software, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin May 13, 2019.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 182.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 16,487 model year 2013 Velosters equipped with 1.6 liter turbo engines.The engine management software may cause prem...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2011-2013 Tucsons

The engine oil pan may leak

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 120,000 model year 2011-2013 Tucsons.

The engine oil pan may leak and, if not addressed, the loss of oil may result in engine damage.

A damaged engine can increase the risk of a fire or it can cause an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

The remedy for this recall is still under development.

Hyundai will send owners an interim letter informing them of the issue beginning March 29, 2019. A second notification will be sent when the remedy is available.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 181.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 120,000 model year 2011-2013 Tucsons.The engine oil pan may leak and, if not addressed, the loss of oil may result i...
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Hyundai recalls Sonatas and Santa Fe SUVs

The automaker will inspect the reinstallation of fuel tubes in replaced engines

Hyundai is recalling approximately 100,000 model year 2011-2014 Sonatas and model year 2013-2014 Santa Fe Sport vehicles.

The company will inspect inspect and confirm proper reinstallation of the fuel tube to the high-pressure fuel pump of vehicles whose engines were replaced under two previous recalls.

In addition, Hyundai has developed a new engine monitoring technology called a knock sensor detection system that uses software innovations to continuously monitor for symptoms that may precede an engine failure

This technology will be installed through a free software update performed by Hyundai dealers to approximately 2 million Hyundai vehicles, including all model year 2011-2018 Sonatas and 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport vehicles with engines produced in the U.S.

What to do

Owners with questions may contact Hyundai at (800) 633-5151 or by email at consumeraffairs@hmausa.com.

To find out whether a vehicle is eligible for the software update, enter the vehicle's VIN at Hyundai's campaign website www.hyundaiusa.com/campaignhome.

Hyundai recalling approximately 100,000 model year 2011-2014 Sonatas and model year 2013-2014 Santa Fe Sport vehicles.The company will inspect inspect...
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Model year 2018 Hyundai Elantra GTs recalled

The sunroof may not detect an obstacle while closing

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 86 model year 2018 Hyundai Elantra GTs.

The panoramic sunroof motor may be incorrectly programmed, preventing the sunroof from detecting an obstacle while closing.

If the sunroof does not detect an obstacle while closing and then retract, there could be an increased risk of injury.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the panoramic sunroof, replacing it as necessary, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin February 15, 2019.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 179.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 86 model year 2018 Hyundai Elantra GTs.The panoramic sunroof motor may be incorrectly programmed, preventing the sun...
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Model year 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles recalled

Mounting bolts may damage the side curtain airbags

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 8,204 model year 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles.

The Side Curtain AirBag (SCAB) mounting bolts may interfere with and damage the airbags during deployment.

If the airbags become damaged during deployment, they may not inflate properly, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover over the SCAB installation bolts, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2018.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 177.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 8,204 model year 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles.The Side Curtain AirBag (SCAB) mounting bolts may interfere with and...
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Hyundai recalls Ioniq Hybrids and Ioniq Plug-In Hybrids

The vehicles may experience increased electrical resistance

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 10,575 model year 2017-2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrids and model year 2018 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrids.

The Main Relay within the Power Relay Assembly (PRA) may have inadequate connections between its contacts, causing increased electrical resistance.

The increased electrical resistance can overheat the rear seat which is above the PRA, increasing the risk of a fire.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the PRA for damage.

If no damage is found, the main relay will be replaced. If damage is found, the PRA will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2018.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 178.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 10,575 model year 2017-2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrids and model year 2018 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrids.The Main Relay within th...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2018 Genesis G80s

The front passenger airbag may not function properly

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 3,305 model year 2018 Genesis G80s.

The Occupant Classification System (OCS) may incorrectly detect that an adult is in the passenger seat, even if the seat is unoccupied.

In the event of a crash, if a child or infant is in the seat, the front passenger air bag may deploy instead of being deactivated, increasing the risk of injury.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the OCS, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin August 24, 2018.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 002G.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 3,305 model year 2018 Genesis G80s.The Occupant Classification System (OCS) may incorrectly detect that an adult is...
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Model year 2018 Hyundai Genesis G80 and Genesis G90 vehicles recalled

The windshield and rear window may have been installed incorrectly

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 37 model year 2018 Hyundai Genesis G80 and Genesis G90 vehicles.

The windshield and rear window on these vehicles may have been installed with incorrect primer, potentially reducing the glass bonding strength.

If the glass bonding strength is reduced over time, the windshield and rear window may detach while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front and rear glass, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin June 30, 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 177.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 37 model year 2018 Hyundai Genesis G80 and Genesis G90 vehicles.The windshield and rear window on these vehicles may...
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Hyundai recalls 2017 Ioniq Hybrid vehicles

An inner oil seal may leak, increasing the risk of a fire

Hyundai Motor America has issued a recall for over 10,000 units of its Ioniq Hybrid vehicles.

The company reports that the Hydraulic Clutch Actuator (HCA) inner oil seal may leak, which could cause oil to accumulate in the cap area and cause an electrical short. These types of shorts can increase the risk of a fire.

Hyundai representatives will notify vehicle owners of the issue, and dealers will inspect HCA caps and replace the assembly, if necessary, free of charge.

Consumers can contact the company via its customer service line by calling 1-855-371-9460. Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by visiting the agency's online site at www.safercar.gov or calling 1-888-327-4236.

Hyundai Motor America has issued a recall for over 10,000 units of its Ioniq Hybrid vehicles.The company reports that the Hydraulic Clutch Actuator (HC...
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Hyundai recalls Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids

The airbag control units may short circuit in a crash

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 580,058 model year 2011-2013 Sonatas and model year 2011-2012 Sonata Hybrids.

In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the front airbags, seat belt pretensioners, and side airbags from deploying.

If the front air bags, seat belt pretensioners, and side airbags are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash necessitating deployment of these safety systems.

Earlier this year, Hyundai recalled 154,753 model year 2011 Sonatas and has now expanded that the vehicles noted above.

What to do

The remedy for this recall is still under development.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 174.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 580,058 model year 2011-2013 Sonatas and model year 2011-2012 Sonata Hybrids.In the event of a crash, the air bag co...
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Model year 2016-2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrids recalled

The vehicle could lose power, increasing the risk of a crash

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 2,840 model year 2016-2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrids.

Thee vehicles are equipped with a Voltage Protection Device (VPD), designed to protect the high voltage battery module, that may activate inadvertently.

If the VPD activates while the vehicle is being operated in Electric Vehicle mode, there may be a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will remove the VPD switch and install a new Battery Management System that contains an Overvoltage Protection Device.

The recall is expected to begin May 4, 2018.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 175.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 2,840 model year 2016-2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrids.Thee vehicles are equipped with a Voltage Protection Devic...
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Model year 2011 Hyundai Sonatas recalled

The front airbags, seat belt pretensioners and side airbags may not deploy

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 154,753 model year 2011 Sonatas. In the event of a crash, the airbag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the front airbags, seat belt pretensioners, and side air bags from deploying.

If the front air bags, seat belt pretensioners, and side airbags are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a crash.

What to do

The remedy for this recall is still under development.

The recall is expected to begin April 20, 2018.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 174.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 154,753 model year 2011 Sonatas. In the event of a crash, the airbag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing th...
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Model year 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vehicles

The side curtain airbags may not deploy properly

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 1,201 model year 2018 Santa Fe Sport vehicles.

The side curtain airbags on these vehicles have a component that may detach during deployment of the inflatable curtain air bag.

If the component detaches during deployment, the curtain air bag may not inflate properly during a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, if the detached component were to enter the vehicle occupant compartment, there could be an increased risk of occupant injury.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side curtain air bags, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin February 9, 2018.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 171.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 1,201 model year 2018 Santa Fe Sport vehicles.The side curtain airbags on these vehicles have a component that may d...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2017 Santa Fes with 3.3L engines

Engine bearing wear may cause the vehicle to stall

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 420 model year 2017 Santa Fes equipped with 3.3L engines.

The crankshaft assemblies may have been produced with surface irregularities in the crankshaft pin, causing engine bearing wear.

The engine bearing wear may cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify all owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the engine, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 18, 2017.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 168.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 420 model year 2017 Santa Fes equipped with 3.3L engines.The crankshaft assemblies may have been produced with surfa...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2015-2016 Sonata and Genesis vehicles

The parking brake warning light could malfunction

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 161,074 model year 2015-2016 Sonata and Genesis vehicles.

The warning light to indicate that the parking brake is applied may intermittently not illuminate in the dash due to corrosion in the switch.

If the parking brake indicator is not illuminated when the parking brake is applied, the driver may operate the vehicle with the parking brake partially engaged, affecting the brake performance and increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the parking brake switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 30, 2017.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 164.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 161,074 model year 2015-2016 Sonata and Genesis vehicles.The warning light to indicate that the parking brake is app...
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Hyundai recalls nearly a million Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids

The front seat belts may detach from the anchor pretensioners

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 977,778 model year 2011-2014 Sonatas and model year 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrids.

The seat belt linkages for both front seat belts may detach from the seat belt anchor pretensioners, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will inspect the connection between the seat belt linkages and the seat belt anchor pretensioners, repairing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 7, 2017.

Owner's may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for the recall is 160.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 977,778 model year 2011-2014 Sonatas and model year 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrids.The seat belt linkages for both front s...
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Hyundai recalls model year 2017 Elantras and Sonatas

The driver's front airbag may not inflate properly

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 110 model year 2017 Hyundai Elantras manufactured April 15, 2016, to September 13, 2016, and Sonatas manufactured May 27, 2016 to September 16, 2016.

The end seal for the driver's front airbag inflator may not have been properly installed, possibly resulting in reduced inflation of the front airbag in the event of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 13, 2017.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 156.

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 110 model year 2017 Hyundai Elantras manufactured April 15, 2016, to September 13, 2016, and Sonatas manufactured May 27...
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Model year 2007-2008 Hyundai Entourage vehicles recalled

The secondary hood latch may remain unlatched when the hood is closed.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 41,264 model year 2007-2008 Entourage vehicles manufactured February 16, 2006, to June 30, 2008.

The vehicle's the secondary hood latch may corrode and bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.

If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify all owners.

For vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, dealers will replace the secondary latch.

For vehicles in any other state, dealers will inspect and either lubricate or replace the secondary latch, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 9, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 154.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 41,264 model year 2007-2008 Entourage vehicles manufactured February 16, 2006, to June 30, 2008.The vehicle's the se...
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Hyundai recalls Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids with sun roofs

The sunroof panel may detach during driving

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 62,811 model year 2015-2016 Sonata Hybrids manufactured December 8, 2014, to August 18, 2015, and Sonatas manufactured May 28, 2014, to March 18, 2016, equipped with the panoramic sunroof option.

Due to a bonding issue with the sunroof wind deflector, the sunroof panel may detach while the vehicle is being driven, become a road hazard and increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair the wind deflector anchor plate, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 2, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 152.

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Hyundai recalls model year 2016 Sonatas

The driver-side front air bag that may not adequately protect the driver's neck from injury

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 602 model year 2016 Sonata vehicles manufactured March 28, 2016 through April 12, 2016.

The vehicles have a driver-side front air bag that may not adequately protect the driver's neck from injury in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's front air bag module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 14, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 148.

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Model year 2013 Elantras recalled

The brake light switch plunger can remain extended when the brake pedal is released

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 64,500 model year 2013 Elantras manufactured December 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013.

The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released.

If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated preventing accurate communication to following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping.

Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 30, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 146.

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Hyundai recalls model year 2016 Tucsons

The secondary hood latch may not adequately secure the hood to prevent it from opening

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 81,000 model year 2016 Tucsons manufactured May 19, 2015 to March 14, 2016.

If the primary hood latch has been released, and the vehicle is driven, the secondary hood latch may not hold adequately secure the hood to prevent it from opening while the vehicle is in motion.

If the primary hood latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch cannot secure the hood, the hood may unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the secondary hood latch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 15, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 145.

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 81,000 model year 2016 Tucsons manufactured May 19, 2015 to March 14, 2016. If the primary hood latch has been r...
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Hyundai recalls Genesis and Equus vehicles

Corrosion can cause intermittent or total loss of windshield wiper function

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 18,700 model year 2012 Genesis vehicles manufactured August 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, and 2011-2013 Equus vehicles manufactured July 10, 2011, to June 12, 2012.

The windshield wiper motor cover seal on the recalled vehicles may degrade allowing corrosion on the wiper motor's circuit board. The corrosion can cause intermittent or total loss of wiper function.

Inoperative wipers during bad weather can decrease driver visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper motor cover and seal, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 22, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 140.

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Hyundai recalls model year 2015 Genesis vehicles with tire issue

The tires may develop cracks in the sidewall

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 11,142 model year 2015 Genesis vehicles manufactured March 3, 2014, to February 9, 2015, and equipped with Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 tires installed as original equipment.

The tires may develop cracks in the sidewall, resulting in a loss of air, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the factory tires with tires of another brand, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 19, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 138.

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Hyundai recalls model year 2011-2012 Elantras

The brakes for one or more wheels may be applied unexpectedly

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 155,000 model year 2011-2012 Elantras manufactured October 29, 2010, to October 25, 2011.

Due to an electronic stability control (ESC) sensor malfunction, the brakes for one or more wheels may be applied unexpectedly and the engine power may be reduced. These symptoms will be accompanied by illumination of the ESC indicator lamp in the instrument cluster.

If the one or more of the brakes are inappropriately applied, control of the vehicle may be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will verify the proper operation of the ESC sensors, and update the ESC system's calibration, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 19, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 137.

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Hyundai recalls Genesis Coupes

The driveshaft may disconnect from the differential

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 10,800 model year 2013-2015 Genesis Coupes manufactured December 28, 2011, to April 6, 2015, equipped with manual transmissions.

If the differential and the suspension rear crossmember were not properly aligned during vehicle assembly, the bolts that secure the differential may loosen.

If the rear differential loosens from its mounting position, the driveshaft may disconnect from the differential, resulting in a loss of propulsion and an increased risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will verify the proper assembly of the differential, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 11, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai's customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 135.

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Hyundai recalls Sonatas with brake light issue

The stop lamp switch plunger may remain extended when the brake pedal is released

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 304,900 model year 2011-2012 Sonatas manufactured December 11, 2009 to June 30, 2011.

The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the stop lamp switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released.

If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated preventing accurate communication to drivers following behind that the vehicle ahead of them is slowing or stopping. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 11, 2016.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 136.

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Hyundai recalls Sonatas with braking issue

The Antilock Braking System warning light may malfunction

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 64,744 model year 2015-2016 Sonatas manufactured May 28, 2014, to August 21, 2015.

The vehicles are equipped with an Antilock Braking System (ABS) warning light intended to warn the driver if there is an ABS malfunction. In the event of an ABS malfunction, the Brake System warning light will illuminate, but the ABS warning light will not illuminate. Since the vehicles have ABS malfunction lights that do not illuminate, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."

If the driver is alerted there is a brake system malfunction, but not specifically with the ABS system, the driver may operate the vehicle unaware that the vehicle's brakes may lock up during hard braking, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the ABS control unit software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 11, 2015.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 134.

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Hyundai recalls model year Elantras and Sonatas with corrosion issue

The coil springs could fracture

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 27,700 model year 2011 Elantra vehicles manufactured November 12, 2010, to March 31, 2011, and Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009, to February 28, 2010.

The vehicles were originally sold in, or are 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 may corrode the front coil springs, possibly resulting in the coil springs fracturing. If a front coil spring fractures, it may contact the tire, possibly puncturing it, increasing the risk of a crash.

Vehicles that were previously registered in salt belt states but are currently registered elsewhere are eligible to be inspected and repaired.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front coil springs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 133.  

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Hyundai recalls model year 2009-2011 Accents

A malfunctioning brake light switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 99,500 model year 2009-2011 Hyundai Accents manufactured March 1, 2009, to February 11, 2011.

The brake light switch may malfunction causing the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. It may also prevent the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position.

Failure to illuminate the brake lights during braking or the inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 2, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai's customer service at 1-855-671-3059 or by visiting www.HyundaiUSA.com/Campaign131. Hyundai's number for this recall is 131.

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Hyundai recalls model year 2011-2012 Sonatas

Oil flow may be restricted through the connecting rod bearings

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 470,000 model year 2011-2012 Sonatas manufactured December 11, 2009, to April 12, 2012, at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and equipped with either a 2.0 liter or 2.4 liter Gasoline Direct injection engine.

Metallic debris may not have been fully removed during manufacturing of the engine crankshaft. If the debris was not completely removed, oil flow may be restricted through the connecting rod bearings, causing connecting rod damage. A worn connecting rod bearing will produce a metallic, cyclic knocking noise from the engine and possible engine failure.

Engine failure would result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the engine assembly, as necessary, free of charge. Additionally, Hyundai will increase the warranty for the engine sub-assembly (short block) to 10 years/120,000 miles for both original and subsequent owners of the recalled vehicles.

An interim notification will be mailed by November 2, 2015. A second notification will be mailed when parts are available.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 132.

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Kia recalls Sorentos with seat belt issue

The front passenger may not be able to fasten the seat belt

Kia Motors America is recalling 2,587 model year 2016 Kia Sorentos manufactured October 23, 2014, to December 10, 2014.

The vehicles have a front passenger seat belt whose buckle latch assembly may prevent the front passenger from fastening the seat belt. If the front passenger seat belt cannot be latched, an occupant sitting in the front passenger seat has an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat belt buckle cover, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 18, 2015.

Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC123.

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Hyundai recalls Sonatas with seat belt issue

The front passenger may be unable to fasten the seat belt

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 128,804 model year 2015 Sonatas manufactured April 25, 2014, to December 4, 2014.

The front passenger seat belt's buckle latch assembly may prevent the passenger from fastening the seat belt. As a result, the occupant of the front passenger seat runs an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair or replace the front passenger seat belt buckle free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 21, 2015.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 130.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 128,804 model year 2015 Sonatas manufactured April 25, 2014, to December 4, 2014. The front passenger seat belt's buck...
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Hyundai recalls Accent vehicles

The occupant detection system may malfunction

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 2,580 model year 2015 Accent vehicles manufactured September 15, 2014, to February 10, 2015.

In very cold temperatures, the occupant detection system (ODS) may not be able to determine if a child restraint seat is in the front passenger seat. This will prevent the front air bag from being deactivated and, in the event of a crash necessitating front air bag deployment, the risk of injury to the occupant in the child restraint seat is increased.

A Hyundai spokesman said that "very cold" is something of an understatement.

"[T]his problem might only occur in temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit and would go away as soon as the interior of the car reached a temperature above 0 degrees," Hyundai's Jim Trainor said. 

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will correct ODS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 5, 2015.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 129.

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Hyundai recalls Elantras

Power steering assist could be lost

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 204,768 model year 2008-2010 Elantra vehicles manufactured June 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, and 2009-2010 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured November 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010.

The electronic power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may sense a discrepancy in the steering input signals and, as a result, disable the steering power assist. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will verify the proper operation of the Electronic Power Steering and update the EPS control unit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 127.

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Hyundai recalls 1.6 liter Sonatas

The vehicles may have been assembled with an incorrect left axle shaft

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 208 1.6 liter model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured August 29, 2014, to October 28, 2014.

The vehicles may have been assembled with an incorrect left axle shaft which may result in the shaft separating from the transaxle differential. If the left axle shaft separates from the transaxle, the vehicle may stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash.

Additionally, a separated axle shaft may allow the vehicle to roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

Hyundai will notify owners, dealers will inspect and replace the axle shaft, as necessary, free of charge.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 126.

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Hyundai recalls Genesis and Equus vehicles

The stop lamps may not illuminate

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 42,925 2009-2011 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, to November 21, 2010, and 2011 Hyundai Equus vehicles manufactured July 31, 2010, to November 21, 2010.

Due to a circuit failure, the stop lamps in the affected vehicles may not illuminate. A following vehicle may not recognize that the vehicle is slowing or coming to a stop if the stop lamps do not illuminate as expected, increasing the risk of a rear-end crash as a result.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair the stop lamp switch circuit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-714-865-3920. Hyundai's number for this recall is 125.

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Hyundai recalls Veracruz vehicles

Oil may leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 61,122 model year 2007-2012 Veracruz vehicles manufactured from December 26, 2006, through July 24, 2012.

The affected vehicles may experience an oil leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket. A sufficient amount of oil dropped onto the alternator, could damage it, causing the charging system to become inoperative.

Should that happen, the charging system warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate, and the engine will lose power and the vehicle will eventually stop operating while being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect/repair or replace the alternator and the front valve cover gasket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September 2014.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 121.

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Hyundai recalls Sonatas with brake issue

One or both of the front brake calipers may fracture

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 5,650 model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured April 25, 2014, through June 16, 2014.

Due to a manufacturing error, one or both of the front brake calipers may fracture. A fracture would reduce brake effectiveness, lengthening to distance required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai contacted the affected owners on June 19, 2014 and instructed them not to drive their vehicles. Hyundai dealers will replace the affected brake calipers, free of charge.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 120.

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Hyundai recalls Sonatas with steering issues

There could be a reduction in power steering assist

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 2,138 model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 2, 2014, through May 23, 2014.

A poor connection within the vehicle's wiring harness may result in a reduction of steering assist from the vehicle's motor driven power steering system or the inability to move the vehicle's shifter from the Park position. The reduction of power steering assist can increase the steering effort needed, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai has notified dealers to suspend sales of affected Sonata vehicles and published recall bulletin 14-01-024 providing a service procedure to repair the affected vehicles. On June 7, 2014 Hyundai began to contact the affected retail customers.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 119.

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Hyundai recalls Elantra Touring vehicles

Side curtain airbag deployment could displace a support bracket

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 35,000 model year 2010-2012 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured December 15, 2009, through May 7, 2012.

The affected vehicles have a support bracket attached to the headliner that may become displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment. If the headliner support bracket makes contact with an occupant during a crash, it may cause a laceration injury.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-August 2014.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 117.

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Hyundai Tucsons recalled for air bag problems

The air bag assembly installed in the steering wheel may come loose from its mounting

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 137,500 model year 2011-2014 Hyundai Tucson vehicles manufactured January 3, 2011, through December 23, 2013.

The air bag assembly installed in the steering wheel in the affected vehicles may come loose from its mounting, which could increase the risk of injury to the driver in the event of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the bolts that secure the driver's air bag assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of June 2014.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 118.

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Hyundai recalls 28 Santa Fe vehicles

The tires may have a damaged sidewall

Hyundai is recalling 28 model year 2014 Santa Fe vehicles manufactured November 5, 2013, through November 15, 2013, and equipped with P235/65R17 103T Continental Crosscontact LX tires.

The tires may have a damaged sidewall, which may result in a separation between the belt edges. That could cause tread detachment or rapid air loss, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai notified dealers to suspend sales of affected Santa Fe Sport vehicles equipped with the P235/65R17 103T tires, and replace them with alternative tires. All affected vehicles were remedied prior to retail sale.

Owners may contact Hyundai Customer Care Center at 1-800-633-5151.

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Hyundai recalls Entourage vehicles

The front lower control arms may fracture due to corrosion

Hyundai America Technical Center is recalling 15,500 model year 2007-2008 Hyundai Entourage vehicles manufactured from February 16, 2006, through June 30, 2008 and sold in, or currently registered in, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

In the affected vehicles, the front lower control arms may fracture due to corrosion resulting from exposure to road salt and water. A fractured control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the degree of corrosion of the front lower control arms, and will either rustproof or replace them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013.

Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 or by email at consumeraffairs@hmausa.com. Hyundai's recall number is 115.

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Hyundai recalls Genesis vehicles

The vehicles may contain brake fluid which does not protect against corrosion

Hyundai is recalling 43,500 model year 2009-2012 Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, through March 28, 2012.

The vehicles may contain brake fluid which does not protect against corrosion of the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU). If the module corrodes, reduced brake effectiveness may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners and instruct them to bring their vehicle to a dealer for service, where the HECU module will be inspected for proper operation, and replaced if necessary. Hyundai also will replace the factory brake fluid in those vehicles that have not previously had the factory brake fluid replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of December 2013.

Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 or by email at consumeraffairs@hmausa.com. Hyundai's recall number is 114.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vehicles recalled

The right front axle shaft may fracture

Hyundai is recalling 20,300 model year 2013 Santa Fe Sport vehicles manufactured July 13, 2012, through March 12, 2013; and equipped with 2.4 liter engines.

Due to a manufacturing issue, the right front axle shaft may fracture. A fractured front axle may result in a loss of power to the wheels. Additionally, if the vehicle is parked without the parking brake applied, it may roll away. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front axle shaft assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013.

Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall number is 112.

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Feds probe loss of steering in Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs

Right-front axle shaft may fail, consumer complaints indicate

The Hyundai Santa Fe is not without its peculiarities. Consumers complain of everything from the sunroof flying off to sudden suspension failure.

This time around, it's failure of the right-front axle shaft that's drawing consumer complaints and regulators' attention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it has opened a preliminary investigation into the problem, which was reported by two Santa Fe owners who had less than 5,000 miles on their SUVs at the time of the incidents.

Besides the complaints from consumers, NHTSA said its review of information submitted by Hyundai found field report data connected to the alleged defect. 

The investigation could affect an estimated 50,000 Santa Fe SUVs. 

Last October, NHTSA began investigating a "complete loss of steering" in the Santa Fe, a problem apparently caused by a loose bolt. The agency said it received a complaint from a driver about the problem and Hyundai said it had received a similar complaint.

At last word, that investigation was still underway. It's not unusual for preliminary investigations, which can eventually lead to a recall, to continue for months. 

More than 200,000 Santa Fes were recalled in July 2012 to fix an airbag problem. 

"Hyundai will, of course, take any actions necessary to ensure the safety of our customers if the information gathered during the investigation indicates that action is appropriate," a Hyundai spokesman said, according to Reuters. 

The flying sunroof was reported by Nicole of Columbia, SC.

"I have an 07 Hyundai Santa Fe and the sunroof piece completly flew off the car on the highway," she said in a report to ConsumerAffairs last month. "[The] rim around the roof opening had water damage and rust."

She said Hyundai was refusing to cover the problem since she had over 60,000 miles on the car when the incident happened.

Problems don't affect sales

The safety problems don't seem to have much effect on sales of the popular South Korean brand. Hyundai said last week said it had sold 65,007 units, up two percent versus the same period in 2012 and up one percent the first six months of the year.

“June was another record-breaking sales month for us in what has been a strong first half of the year,” said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of national sales. “We clearly felt the impact of the summer selling surge and our improved availability of award-winning vehicles was perfectly timed. Important third-party accolades, such as Genesis taking J.D. Power’s trophy for highest initial quality in the midsize premium car segment and the all-new Santa Fe being named Automobile Magazine’s Family Crossover for 2013, also continue to build strong momentum for our brand.”

“With all of our plants continuing to operate at maximum capacity, sales of the U.S.-built Elantra soared 26 percent over June 2012,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “Our Hyundai Assurance Connected Care program, now free for three years on most Hyundai models, continues to draw customers to our website and showrooms.”

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Hyundai recalls Azeras

The occupant detection system may not differentiate whether an adult or child is in the seat

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 5,200 model year 2012-2013 Azera vehicles manufactured May 22, 2012, through November 23, 2012.

The occupant detection system may fail to properly differentiate whether the front passenger seat occupant is an adult, a child or a child restraint seat. If the occupant is incorrectly classified, the airbag may deploy during a crash with greater or lesser appropriate force, increasing the risk of injury.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the airbag system. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Hyundai's recall number is "Campaign 111."

Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-734-337-9499.

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Hyundai recalls Elantras

A problem with side curtain airbag deployment could cause a laceration injury

Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 186,254 model year 2011-2013 Elantra vehicles manufactured from November 12, 2010, through March 05, 2013.

A support bracket attached to the headliner may become displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment, possible causing a laceration injury.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner, free of charge. A remedy is expected to be available in May 2013.

Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

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Feds Probe Steering Loss in Hyundai Santa Fe

The popular SUV has had its share of safety problems

The Hyundai Santa Fe has had a somewhat spotty safety record and now regulators say they're looking into a steering problem in the popular SUV.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a fastener can come loose, causing the steering shaft to come part and drivers to lose control of the vehicle.

No accidents have been reported but NHTSA says it received a complaint from a driver about a complete loss of steering. Hyundai reports receiving a separate complaint about a similar problem, which it traced to a loose bolt.

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The investigation covers about 70,000 Santa Fes from the 2011 model year and could lead to a recall. 

In July, Hyundai recalled more than 200,000 Santa Fe and Sonata models to fix a problem with the airbags. Safety regulators said the front passenger airbags of the Santa Fe models appeared to have improper occupant classification system, putting small-bodied people at risk. 

The airbag recall followed a class-action lawsuit filed in 2009 that alleged Hyundai's airbag sensors don't accurately distinguish between children and adults, increasing the chances that an airbag won't properly deploy in the event of an accident.

In 2008, NHTSA investigated reports of suspension failures in the Santa Fe, some at high rates of speed. Two consumers said their vehicle "nearly rolled over" following the suspension failure.

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Hyundai Recalls Santa Fe, Sonata Models to Fix Airbags

Problems with front passenger bags in the Santa Fe, side airbags in the Sonata

Hyundai is recalling more than 200,000 Santa Fe and Sonata models to fix a problem with the airbags.

The recalled Santa Fes were built between April 19, 2006, and July 7, 2008 and the Sonata sedans were manufactured from January 24 to June 21 this year.

Safety regulators said the front passenger airbags of the Santa Fe models appeared to have improper occupant classification system, putting small-bodied people at risk. 

Sensors for the side airbags of the Sonatas need to be reprogrammed because they may inflate without receiving a signal, increasing injury risks.

Dealers will make the repairs free of charge.


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Lawsuit Says Hyundai Airbags Fail to Deploy

Disturbing trend for Korean automaker

A class-action lawsuit filed this week claims that Hyundai's air bag sensors don't accurately distinguish between children and adults, increasing the chances that an airbag won't properly deploy in the event of an accident.

The suit, filed by Ohio residents Christopher and Nancy Kearney, says that the Kearneys' 2006 Sonata sedan automatically disabled the airbag when Nancy sat in the front seat, despite the fact that she weighs approximately 115 pounds.

Rob Carey, an attorney with Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, said in a statement that Hyundai was aware of the problem but "failed to recall the cars and make certain the problem was fixed to ensure people are safe in the cars that Hyundai sold." Hyundai's actions "put thousands of consumers like the Kearneys at risk," Carey said.

Carey claimed that Hyundai received complaints about the problem years ago but failed to disclose it to consumers. The firm said it has received complaints from several Hyundai owners who said their cars' airbag systems deactivated after mistaking an adult -- one as heavy as 130 pounds -- for a child.

Overly cautious

Ironically, the defect may have resulted out of an abundance of caution in the wrong direction. The highest-profile airbag deaths over the past few decades have been those of children sitting in the front passenger seat when the airbags deployed. As of 1997, 49 children had been killed in such a situation, and another 19 had suffered serious injuries. Airbag weight sensors, which use the passenger's weight to determine whether an airbag should be deployed, were introduced in an effort to stem this trend.

But the downside may be that the sensors are too acute, and may mistake small adults for children. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes on its website that "Many advanced frontal air bag systems automatically turn off the passenger air bag when the vehicle detects a small-stature passenger or child."

Newer technological advances allow airbags to adjust the speed and extent of their deployment depending on the size and weight of the driver or passenger. Some cars without rear seats, primarily trucks and sports cars, come equipped with an airbag "on/off switch," allowing passengers to completely disengage the airbag and minimize the risk of children passengers being injured or killed by the device. Certain individuals, such as those with medical conditions or who are especially short, can apply to NHTSA to have an aftermarket on/off switch installed.

The Kearneys' suit covers all Hyundai vehicles for model years 2006 through 2009, about 1.3 million cars in all. They allege breach of warranty, violation of the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and violations of several California consumer protection laws.

A number of Hyundai owners have written to ConsumerAffairs.com to complain that of airbag defects similar to the Kearneys'. Dawn of Greensboro, NC wrote:

"Bought a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. Passenger side airbag does not register me. I am 5'3" 105 pounds. Took to both dealers and they state their is nothing they can do about. Tell me to restart car and sit perfect. DO that and it still does not work. So basically sit like a statue even when your driving on long trips? I told one dealership Hyundai has a huge lawsuit coming when someone dies for airbag not deploying. Currently awaiting for a part for drivers side airbag because right now that is not working either!"

The wife of Brian of Granite Falls, WA suffered severe injuries when her Sonata failed to deploy its airbag:

"My wife was driving toward an intersection when a F-250 Ford pickup came out of an alley way on her left, striking the drivers door of our 2009 Sonata, pushing the door & door pillar about a foot into the drivers sest at chest level totaling our car, (car had 5000 miles on it), no air bags deployed, the roof, rear door & quarter panel were also damaged. Hyundai said air bags worked properly? My wife has 8 broken ribs, had a collapsed lung, back & neck pain, two days in ICU, and one week in the hospital, was home eight weeks before she could go back to work part time, our medical insurance was used up in the emergency room, we have'nt received all the medical bills yet but am told will be in the hundred thousand range."

Despite the disturbing pattern alleged in the Kearneys' suit and in the above complaints, airbags' benefits still vastly outweigh their dangers. To minimize the risk of injury, it is imperative to buckle your seat belt and not sit too close to the steering wheel or dashboard.

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Hyundai Issues Two Elantra Recalls

Both involve possible airbag problems


Hyundai-Kia has issued two airbag-related recalls for its Hyundai Elantra model. The first affects 2001 models, the second both 2001 and 2002 models.

In the first recall, about 150,000 2001 Elantras are being recalled to fix a problem with the front airbag sensor. The company said that if liquid is spilled in the cupholder on the central console, it could drip onto the airbag control module. As a result, airbags might not deploy during an accident.

Dealers will add a protective cover to correct the problem.

In the second recall, 2001-2002 Elantras are being recalled because of a potential problem with the side impact airbag wiring harness mounted under each front seat. Material placed under the front seats could cause the wiring harness to malfunction, which in turn could prevent the airbags from deploying during a crash.

Dealers will install new harness attachments and connector clips.

For more information, customers can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Feds Step Up Rusting Hyundai Investigation

Recall possible as Sonata and Santa Fe scrutinized

Some models of the Hyundai Sonata can rust so severely along the sub-frame that the front wheels collapse or separate from the vehicle, according to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA has elevated an initial evaluation of rusting in the Korean made economy car to an "engineering analysis." The analysis could eventually lead to the recall of 197,906 Sonatas to repair the rusting frames.

The Hyundai Sonatas that are the focus of federal safety attention are the 1999 Sonata GLS, the 1999 Caribbean Sonata and the 1999 to 2004 Sonata.

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) at NHTSA has received 84 complaints from consumers about sub-frame rust in the Sonata. The agency reported that "approximately on-third of the complaints to ODI allege that the sub-frame corrosion resulted in a loss of control and or a vehicle disablement due to wheel collapse or separation."

There are two reports claiming Sonatas crashed because of the rusting sub-frame.

In the first report, the lower front control arm of the Sonata broke away from the frame of the car while the Korean car was traveling at 55 mph. The driver, according to the report, lost control of the vehicle and the Sonata came to rest in the yard of a house.

A second consumer claimed in a report to NHTSA, "that while driving around a slight curve at 65 mph on a freeway, the vehicle sub-frame fractured and the driver lost control of the vehicle and went off the road."

No injuries were reported to the federal safety agency in either of the crashes.

When NHTSA opened the initial inquiry of excessive rust on the Sonata sub-frame in April, the agency reported that some consumers had complained of "fist-sized holes in the frame" that could cause the suspension control arm to detach from the vehicle.

The failure could result in "wheel collapse or separation, half shaft detachment resulting in sudden vehicle disablement and or steering anomalies," NHTSA reported on its Web site. The federal agency also received reports of corrosion in the engine cradle and front cross-member of the Hyundai Sonata.

Most of the complaints arose in states where large amounts of salt are used on roads during snowy months, according to NHTSA.

The "salt belt" states according to NHTSA are 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.

NHTSA said that "there appears to be an increasing trend in failures, with 10 reported so far in 2008, 19 in 2007, 11 in 2006 and 1 in 2005."

One consumer told NHTSA that his Sonata was so badly rusted the vehicle was declared a total loss by the insurance company after the lower control arm separated from the vehicle "causing the half-shaft to detach from the transmission."

A Maryland Sonata owner recently reported to ConsumerAffairs.Com that a Hyundai service technician noticed a softball-sized hole in the front right hand side of the sub-frame of their 2002 Hyundai Sonata GLS.

"I am afraid to drive this car," the Hyundai owner said.

Another consumer reported that the sub-frame on his Sonata is so badly rusted that the sub-frame needs to be replaced and the dealer will provide no assistance.

In Fairfax, Virginia, a consumer told us that his 2000 Sonata fell apart with the "sudden collapse of the right front suspension system," while he was in a parking lot.

Santa Fe

NHTSA is also investigating excessive rust and corrosion in the Hyundai Santa Fe. Federal safety investigators reported in July that they were examining consumer complaints of suspension failure, some at high rates of speed, in the 2001 model year Hyundai Santa Fe. The investigators want to know if the Santa Fe suspension rusts to the point of breaking.

Three people have reported to NHTSA that they lost control of their Santa Fe while traveling at speeds of 55 mph or more.

The safety agency investigation of the Santa Fe is still in the "preliminary evaluation" stage.

At least one report to ConsumerAffairs.Com demonstrates the urgent need for the safety evaluation. A Michigan woman reported that her Santa Fe is "rusted so bad underneath that the frame dropped down and caused a tire to blow."

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Feds Study Hyundai Airbag Failures

Several Hyundai models the focus of safety probes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating airbag failures in the 2001 and 2002 Hyundai Elantra.

More than 150,000 of the economy-priced Korean sedans are covered by the investigation.

"The airbag system is susceptible to airbag light illumination and airbag non-deployment or inadvertent deployment from liquid contamination of the airbag control module," according to the NHTSA Web site.

The safety agency reported two fatalities occurred in crashes involving the Elantra when the airbag warning light was illuminated.

In a previous report earlier this year, NHTSA cited the results of the investigation of those deadly accidents.

"Post inspection and analysis indicate the airbag light had illuminated prior to the crash on both vehicles," NHTSA said on its Web site. In the first accident, "the center console covering the airbag control module was removed. The module and the main connector were covered with a brown sticky substance, possibly spilled liquid since the cup holders are positioned above the control module," according to NHTSA.

The NHTSA Web site reported that the "recovered fault codes indicate a prior short circuit condition that most likely would shut down the airbag control module," and prevent airbag deployment.

In the second fatal crash, NHTSA was told the airbag warning light had come on several months prior to the accident.

The safety agency and Hyundai have received 501 consumer complaints concerning the airbag system failures in the Elantra. The automaker has repaired the airbag system in 9,110 Elantra sedans under warranty claims, according to the NHTSA Web site.

The safety agency stated that it is also aware of "6 incidents of seat belt pretensioner and airbag deployments due to liquid spills," in the Elantra.

The owner of a 2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS in Hartford, New York reported a recent airbag warning light failure to ConsumerAfairs.Com.

The dealer told the Elantra owner that the "airbag system will not function" because the airbag module was no longer working. The airbag repair cost, paid by the consumer, was $560.

Other models

The Elantra is not the only Hyundai to experience an airbag failure according to a ConsumerAffairs.Com reader in Miami.

"Both of my daughters were involved in a roll-over accident in their 2006 Hyundai Tucson, he said. "The impact caused the Tucson to roll-over several times. None of the airbags deployed in the accident," he told ConsumerAffairs.Com.

"Thankfully, my daughters escaped with only minor injuries but I cannot believe not one airbag deployed given the severity of the accident," he said.

The Hyundai dealer told his Miami customer that the airbag failure was "a safety measure to reduce further injury."

A Canadian owner of a Hyundai Santa Fe also experienced an airbag warning light failure in his SUV. So far, the Hyundai dealer is unable to repair the warning light problem, he said.

Hyundai customers relations "ordered a new harness for wiring," the owner said but there is "no improvement."

The Canadian Hyundai owner is demanding the Korean automaker refund the money he paid for the Santa Fe and take the vehicle back.

"This vehicle has been faulty since its delivery to me, he said. "After 5 attempts to fix the vehicle even the service manager is at wits end."

Suspension failures

NHTSA is also investigating Hyundai vehicles for catastrophic suspension failure.

Federal safety investigators are examining consumer complaints of suspension failure, some at high rates of speed, in the 2001 model year Hyundai Santa Fe.

Two consumers reported to NHTSA that their vehicle "nearly rolled over" following the suspension failure.

The cause of the failures appears to be excessive corrosion in the vehicle suspension and federal safety investigators want to know if the Hyundai Santa Fe suspension rusts to the point of breaking.

NHTSA has received allegations that the subframe on the Hyundai Sonata can rust to the point of causing suspension failure as well.

The agency has received 40 consumer complaints about severe corrosion in the 1999 through 2002 model year Sonatas.

Consumers have reported "fist-sized holes in the frame" that can cause the suspension control arm to detach from the vehicle, according to federal safety investigators.

The result can be "wheel collapse or separation, half shaft detachment resulting in sudden vehicle disablement and or steering anomalies," according to the NHTSA Web site.

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Airbag Problems Plague New Hyundais

Hyundai is wrestling with an airbag problem in its 2004 Elantra sedan

Hyundai is wrestling with an airbag problem in its 2004 Elantra sedan. The airbag's sensor system is designed to keep the airbag from deploying when there is a child in the front passenger seat.

The problem is it's also preventing airbag deployment when adults who weigh less than 150 pounds sit in the seat, unless they position themselves perfectly in the center.

In many cases, the problem manifests from Day 1.

"On the way home from the dealership the air bag light was intermittently going on and off, stating the passenger air bag is off," Rodney of Narrowburg, NY, said in a complaint to ConsumerAffairs.com.

Like many other purchasers, Rodney complained to his dealer.

"I was handed a technical service bulletin number 4-90-003 stating you must sit perfectly straight, upright, legs extended all the way forward in order for the air bag to be on. Well, with an adult in the seat over the specified weight you can not move at all. Lift a leg, move your butt, recline your seat at all and the air bag "off" light comes on.

A Hyundai spokesman said the only thing passengers not heavy enough to activate the airbag can do now is sit somewhere else. Other than that, Hyundai said all it can advise is that consumers take a long test drive -- with regular passengers sitting where they normally would -- before deciding to buy the car.

That response may not be quite enough.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has opened an investigation into Hyundai's problem and response. The investigation could lead to a recall.

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