ZF-TRW Crash Sensor Defect
Millions of vehicles built after 2009 have defective airbag control units manufactured by the company ZF-TRW. An ACU takes information from crash sensors and decides when to deploy the airbags and seat belt pretensioners. But the crash sens…Continue reading article "ZF-TRW Crash Sensor Defect"
Seat Belts Detatch During Crash
Cars these days have airbags, sensors, crumple zones, tempered glass, and other safety features. But the OG, and arguably the most important, safety feature is the seat belt. Only trouble is, Hyundai's seem to be detatching from the body of…Continue reading article "Seat Belts Detatch During Crash"
Blue Link Standard Feature?
Messages that self-destruct and dastardly extortion – it all sounds like the plot to Mission Impossible, right? But it’s actually the story of Hyundai’s Blue Link systems. Pay up, or it’ll blow up ... or at least shut off.Continue reading article "Blue Link Standard Feature?"
Panoramic Sunroof Explodes
Hyundai refuses to acknowledge that their sunroofs have been exploding under normal driving conditions, but they’re offering plenty of coverage to owners if (or when) it happens thanks to a 2019 lawsuit settlement.Continue reading article "Panoramic Sunroof Explodes"
What Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- transmission failure in the 2012 Sonata Hybrid
- engine siezed in the 2012 Sonata Hybrid
- engine failure in the 2011 Sonata Hybrid
- engine stalls/dies while driving in the 2013 Sonata Hybrid
- safety stop and do not drive in the 2012 Sonata Hybrid
What Breaks the Most
6th Generation (2011–2014) Sonata Hybrid Key Numbers
A Hyundai Blue Link lawsuit alleges the automaker failed to inform owners the telematics system will be disabled if inactive for more than one year, and to reactivate the system an owner will allegedly be forced to change hardware at a minimum cost of $500.
Hyundai has proposed a settlement that would offer owners extended coverage in case their sunroofs explode.
If approved, the settlement would double the existing sunroof warranty, reimburse certain previously-paid expenses, and even offer cash to those that decide to sell their car within the next 90 days.keep reading article "Hyundai Has Offered to Settle an Expoding Sunroof Lawsuit Settlement And It’s Good News for Owners"
Apparently Hyundai’s latest seat belt recall did enough to satisfy the government, who announced they’re closing their recall.
NHTSA continued the investigation after the first recall because safety regulators believed a better fix should be applied by dealers. Regulators were concerned about how the connectors were built to be removed from the pretensioners when working on the cars. But the connectors could release in a crash if they weren't properly reconnected during maintenance.
The second recall added a label to the connector with graphics and instructions how to properly lock the connector if someone works on the car. No word on if that label said for the love of everything, don’t forget to put this thing back to together.keep reading article "Sonata Seat Belt Investigation Has Been Closed"
Back in March, Hyundai recalled 978,000 cars to inspect and fix seat belt linkages and the pretensioner.
Now those vehicles have been recalled again for the same problems.
Although the condition of a partially latched anchor pretensioner was fixed through the recall campaign, the condition could potentially happen again if the anchor pretensioner was intentionally disconnected and then improperly reconnected by consumers or repair facilities.
After the first recall Hyundai and their supplier talked with NHTSA about possible problems from the recall repairs.keep reading article "Sonata and Sonata Hybrid Owners Face a Second Recall for the Same Seat Belt Problems"
Nearly 978,000 Hyundai Sonata and Sonata Hybrid cars have been recalled to fix seat belts that have been detaching from their anchor pretensioners.
keep reading article "Massive Recall for Detaching Seat Belts in the 6th Generation Sonata and Sonata Hybrid"
Hyundai and the seat belt supplier inspected the vehicle and the supplier recovered the parts in December 2016. Both companies started internal investigations, but neither has been able to determine what is causing the seat belt failures … The automaker says to ensure the safety of consumers, the recall will include 2011-2014 Sonata and 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrid cars.
Hyundai is being sued for permanently disabling Blue Link systems if a subscription has been inactive for more than one year.
The plaintiff claims on or about January 7, 2015, Hyundai notified owners of its Blue Link vehicles whose Blue Link subscriptions had been inactive for more than one year. Hyundai told owners, “If you do not reactivate your Blue Link services by January 28, 2015, your current Blue Link system in your vehicle will be permanently disabled.
Except, permanent didn’t mean forever if you’re willing to pony up the cash. The Blue Link handbook mentioned that disconnected services could be easily restored for a “nominal reconnection fee.” They just didn’t say what it was.…keep reading article "Lawsuit Says Blue Link Decreases the Vehicle’s Value"