Lawsuit Says Self-Healing Paint Does More Harm Than Good

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A class-action lawsuit accuses Hyundai of failing to meet industry standards with their paint in the 2006-2016 Santa Fe, Sonata, and Elantra. The plaintiffs say the self-healing process won't work if the scratch is deeper than a surface scratch, such as a chip in the paint caused by a rock flying off the road and hitting the car. Further, there is a concern that if the self-healing process does not occur, the scratch or chip may cause further breakdown of the paint’s molecular structure, in essence triggering the technology to operate in reverse.

Hyundai’s “self-healing” paint is advertised to heal minor scratches. A chemical compound called scratch recovery clear contains a polymer which, when exposed to ultraviolet light, becomes molten and fills gaps in paint.

That sounds great, but the plaintiffs claim that long-term exposure to ultraviolet light eventually breaks the polymers down, turning the paint into an ever-molten state that allows it to peel off in sheets.

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Hyundai's Self-Peeling Paint

Hyundai’s self-healing paint is advertised to heal minor scratches using a chemical compound called scratch recovery clear. However, owners content over time that same compound allows the paint to come off in large sheets.

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Related Hyundai Generations

At least one model year in these 6 generations have a relationship to this story.

We track this because a generation is just a group of model years where very little changes from year-to-year. Chances are owners throughout these generation will want to know about this news. Click on a generation for more information.

  1. 3rd Generation Elantra

    Years
    2001–2006
    Reliability
    36th of 50
    PainRank
    6.9
    Complaints
    108
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  2. 4th Generation Elantra

    Years
    2007–2010
    Reliability
    43rd of 50
    PainRank
    15.63
    Complaints
    181
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  3. 5th Generation Elantra

    Years
    2011–2016
    Reliability
    49th of 50
    PainRank
    45.43
    Complaints
    937
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  4. 3rd Generation Santa Fe

    Years
    2013–2018
    Reliability
    46th of 50
    PainRank
    19.69
    Complaints
    270
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  5. 5th Generation Sonata

    Years
    2006–2010
    Reliability
    47th of 50
    PainRank
    19.96
    Complaints
    384
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  6. 6th Generation Sonata

    Years
    2011–2014
    Reliability
    50th of 50
    PainRank
    68.11
    Complaints
    1312
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