2011 Hyundai Sonata

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Three Quarters
Hyundai's corporate work ethic and frugality have resulted in a strong emphasis on developing and manufacturing key components in-house. By avoiding the hybrid technology used in the Sonata Hybrid's chief competitors-the Ford Fusion, the Nissan Altima, and the Toyota Camry-the company has smartly dodged the licensing fees of patented technology and tapped existing hardware for its first gasoline/electric car.
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The homebrew hybrid
Primary propulsion for the hybrid Sonata comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that's now running the Atkinson cycle and is tuned for fuel economy, resulting in a 169-hp output. Assistance is provided by a 40-hp electric motor mounted in place of the torque converter inside Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission. At 209 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, total output is slightly higher than the base Sonata's. In electric-only operation, a clutch between the engine and the motor disconnects the two power sources to eliminate the drag of the engine's spinning internals. A second, smaller electric motor restarts the engine from red lights or in stop-and-go traffic.
Hyundai uses the electric motor, in lieu of a torque converter, to dampen shift shock, an arrangement that works quite well. The Sonata climbs through its six gears seamlessly, with reasonable speed. On kickdown, though, gear changes feel slower the harder you squeeze the throttle. Off the line, the low-end torque of the electric motor transitions linearly to the engine's high-rpm thrust. When pushed, the Sonata Hybrid feels quicker than the factory's reported 0-to-62-mph run of 9.2 seconds.
Hyundai claims a top electric speed of 62 mph, but getting there under electric power alone from a stop is impossible. Our technique for maximum efficiency is to use the gas engine to accelerate up to city or suburban speeds and then massage the throttle to coax the car into electric mode. City fuel economy, at 37 mpg, falls 4 mpg short of the Fusion Hybrid's. But, at an estimated 40 mpg on the highway, the Sonata will claim the best EPA highway mileage among its hybrid mid-size sedan competitors.
The Sonata will be the first production hybrid to store electricity in a lithium-polymer battery. Laminating the anode, polymer separator, and cathode together in a li-poly battery means that there's no need for a rigid structural casing, which saves weight and allows for more flexible packaging. In theory, these prismatic cells should be cheaper to manufacture than cylindrical cell, lithium-ion batteries. Reality, however, says that the supply base for Hyundai's battery is quite small and, for the time being, will command a premium from supplier LG Chem. We're still waiting to hear the official price of the car, but we expect the Sonata Hybrid to match its competitors at roughly $27,000, even if Hyundai has to sell each car at a small loss.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid In Motion
Same inside, fresh outside
The trunk-mounted battery pack drops cargo capacity from 16.4 to 10.7 cubic feet, but the rear seatbacks still fold down for long items. From the driver's seat, this is the same Sonata that debuted earlier this year, with the exception of unique interior colors and relevant hybrid displays on the instrument cluster and the navigation screen. To establish its presence as a green alternative, the hybrid trades the base Sonata's fussy chrome grille for a thin ornamental slit and a gaping hexagonal lower grille. There are also new headlights, clear taillights, altered rocker panels, different wheels, and a fresh rear fascia. The changes also have a functional role; they significantly lower the aerodynamic drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.25.
A hybrid that's comfortably familiar
Although it may not have the cachet of hybrid-only styling like a Toyota Prius, the Sonata's normalcy is a good thing-especially when it comes to driving. The gas/electric Hyundai provides the mechanical ebbs and tides of rpm, torque, and engine growl as the gears change. With that character, the Sonata joins the ranks of the Porsche Cayenne and the Honda CR-Z as hybrids that are enjoyable- even fun-to drive.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo Front Three Quarters Passenger
Hyundai is relatively inexperienced when it comes to turbocharging gas engines, and that showed with the company's last boosted powerplant, in the Genesis coupe. In addition to providing relatively tepid performance, the coupe's turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder is sluggish and abrasive. While the Sonata 2.0T's engine uses the same block as the Genesis coupe's, the Koreans have made enough changes to craft what feels like an entirely new -- and seriously impressive -- engine.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo Front Three Quarters Passenger
You won't miss a V-6.
Hyundai will position the Sonata 2.0T as a polished and powerful V-6 replacement, not as an edgier, sportier sedan. To deliver that refined character, there's now a balance shaft that does wonders to smooth and calm the engine as you push it to the 6600-rpm redline. The new engine also benefits from direct injection and a higher compression ratio, and a larger, twin-scroll turbocharger runs 17.4 psi of boost to deliver 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded. Those numbers beat every competitor's mid-size sedan -- whether equipped with a V-6 or a turbo four-cylinder -- save for the 280-hp Volkswagen CC VR6. Peak torque is available from 1800 to 4500 rpm, but in most gears, the turbo can't achieve full boost until about 2900 rpm--and output is limited in the lower gears to avoid overwhelming the front tires. Once underway, though, the Sonata 2.0T is more than hearty enough for its mission as a V-6 replacement. Factory-measured acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is a lively 6.5 seconds.
With such performance and power, it's remarkable that Hyundai can also deliver fuel economy to shame less powerful, normally aspirated four-cylinders. The 22 mpg city rating is great, putting the Sonata on par with the most fuel-efficient, nonhybrid mid-size sedans. But 34 mpg on the highway is truly exceptional, with the nearest competitor being a 33-mpg, 169-hp Toyota Camry.
Comfortable, yet engaging.
Other than the engine, though, the Sonata 2.0T is essentially the same as a regular 2.4-liter Sonata. The turbocharged Sonata will be available in two trim levels, the taut SE and the more relaxed Limited. Our tests were confined to Hyundai's pint-sized test track in Namyang, South Korea and didn't allow much of an opportunity to explore the ride quality over various surfaces. However, our past experiences with the Sonata have proven that even the Limited provides confident body control, respectable handling, and decent steering effort. The Sonata's ability to balance comfort and agility is one of its finer traits, and that character is made even sweeter with a powerful engine behind it.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo Side View Passenger
Minor equipment changes.
The key differentiators of the 2.0T are dual exhaust outlets as well as steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters to control the six-speed automatic. The interior is tastefully and ergonomically styled with only a small amount of cheap plastic around the controls. The seats, however, are still somewhat firm and flat. Pricing hasn't been announced but will likely start around $27,000 when it goes on sale in October.
A glimpse of the future.
Hyundai's turbocharged Sonata is an early example of the midsize sedan's future. As fuel economy regulations tighten, expect to see more V-6 engines disappear with smaller, turbocharged units replacing them. Hyundai's efficient and powerful 2.0T proves that the fuel-conscious future need not be dreary. The have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too engineering is a shining example of how cars can be engineered to be cleaner while packing just as much speed and fun.
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
On sale: October 2010
Base Price: $27,000 (est)
Powertrain
Engine: 2.0-liter, turbocharged direct-injection, DOHC sixteen-valve I4
Horsepower: 274 @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 269 lb-ft @ 1800-4500 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 189.8/ 72.2/ 57.9 in
Legroom F/R: 45.5/ 34.6 in
Headroom F/R: 40.0/ 37.8 in
Cargo capacity: 16.4 cu.ft
Curb Weight: 3338-3452 lbs (estimated)
EPA Rating (city/highway): 22/ 34 (estimated)
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With eight different model lines, one might hesitate to single out Hyundai's most important car. President and CEO John Krafcik, though, does not. "Sonata is the brand for Hyundai," he says. That explains why, for the new 2011 Sonata, Hyundai is spending twice what it did to launch the Genesis -- which was the brand's first-ever luxury offering and first-ever rear-wheel-drive car. Hyundai is betting heavily on this car, and the wager is likely to pay off. The new Sonata is at or near the top of its hyper-competitive class in a broad range of categories -- some you might expect (low price, fuel economy, light weight) and some you might not (power, torque, interior space, and driving dynamics).
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A key decision early on in the car's development, and one that sets it apart from every one of its competitors, was the decision to forgo a V-6 engine. Not having to design the front structure to carry a heavier V-6 allowed Hyundai to save about 100 pounds, helping make the Sonata at least a few -- and as many as a few hundred -- pounds lighter than the rest of the midsize sedan field, save the equally svelte Nissan Altima. Instead of a six, the Sonata's more potent engine offering will be a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which arrives this fall as an option for the top two trim levels. A hybrid model also will join the lineup at that time.
But buyers looking for power or fuel economy might just be satisfied with the standard direct-injected 2.4-liter four. Its power and torque outputs of 198 hp and 184 lb-ft (200 hp and 186 lb-ft in the SE, which has dual exhaust) are tops in the field. Paired with the base car's standard six-speed manual transmission, it also gives the Sonata the best fuel economy in the segment: 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway. With the six-speed automatic (optional in the GLS, standard in the SE and Limited), the figures are 22/35 mpg -- still the best highway mileage, but 1 mpg shy of the Ford Fusion and the Nissan Altima in the city.
This engine is muscular enough to provide punchy response without the driver mercilessly caning it, which is a good thing because, like most direct-injected engines, its engine note is more mechanical growl than melodic symphony. Most of the time though, you hardly hear it. The six-speed automatic is very smooth, whether calling the shots itself or responding to your push or pull of the shift lever (the SE also has paddles).
Drop down a few gears to head into a curve, and the Sonata turns in crisply, resisting body roll and understeer better than you'd expect from a mainstream midsize sedan. Body motions are well damped, both on winding roads and on the freeway. We were also pleased that Hyundai has moved far away from the one-pinkie steering efforts prized in Korea, as the Sonata's helm has pleasant heft and commendable precision.
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The driving environment is easy enough to adapt to, with straightforward controls and clear gauges housed in the currently voguish deeply hooded twin binnacles. Storage space is plentiful, and the (standard) iPod input is readily accessible. Also standard, on even the base trim level, is Bluetooth phone connectivity, a feature that is fast becoming a necessity due to hands-free cell-phone laws. We aren't fans of the cloth seats in the GLS or the cloth-and-leather combo in the SE, which makes leather, and therefore the Limited, a necessity. The good news for those in northern climates is that the Limited includes heated seats for both front and rear passengers. Whatever the weather, rear-seat riders will enjoy vast legroom, although the Audi-like arching roofline makes for precious little head clearance for those over six feet. Still, the Sonata has enough space inside to join the Honda Accord as the only large cars in this class, as measured by the EPA. And the Sonata does so despite being very nearly the shortest among its major competitors; that relatively trim size combined with a tight turning circle eases parking maneuvers.
Of all its competitive superlatives, perhaps the most predictable is "lowest price." Unlike Camry, Accord, Altima, Fusion, or Malibu, the base Sonata is able to limbo under the $20,000 bar, and even a fully loaded Limited (with navigation, back-up camera, and premium audio) tops out at just over $28,000. Flinty-eyed family-sedan shoppers will take notice, and with old objections like quality and residual value falling away, we'd be willing to bet that the impressive new Sonata will power past at least a few competitors in the mid-size sedan horse race.
The Specs
On sale: Now
Price: $19,915 (GLS); $23,315 (SE); $26,015 (Limited)
Engine:
2.4-liter direct-injection I-4
198-200 hp @ 6300 rpm
194-196 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
Drive:
Front-wheel
Fuel economy:
24/35 mpg (manual)
22/35 mpg (automatic)
2011 Hyundai Sonata
2011 Hyundai Sonata
The Hyundai Sonata has a totally new package ready for roll out in the 2011 model. This very slick looking sport sedan has a lot of potential and offers some very big changes compared to last year's model. The Sonata brings a very fluid sculpting and liquid look and design to the rich lineup from Hyundai. The Sonata does not offer a 6 cylinder option in the engine this year, but there is still plenty of horsepower offered from the other 4 cylinder engines ready to go in this model. The 2.4 liter 4 cylinder takes advantage of direct injection to offer 198 horsepower and 184 foot pounds of torque which in this smaller sedan is more than generous.

There is also a turbo charged option that brings the total horsepower to 274 and boosts the torque up to 269 foot pounds. This engine is very strong performer and offers a serious amount of acceleration in the Sonata sedan. As far as transmissions go, the consumer has a choice between a six speed manual or a six speed automatic. The 2011 Sonata offer a longer wheelbase than earlier models which is also slightly wider.
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE Front Left Side View
It's fair to say that we were surprised by the Hyundai Sonata. Granted, the previous Sonata was a competent offering, but it was not exactly a standout. With the new Sonata, however, staff members suddenly started tossing around phrases like "best-in-class." Against such stalwart competitors as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry -- and solid challengers like the Nissan Altima, the Ford Fusion, and the Chevrolet Malibu -- that was a very big claim. The best way to find out for sure whether the Sonata was deserving of such enthusiasm was to spend a year with one in a Four Seasons test.
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE Front Three Quarter
While Hyundai may have found sales success with the 2011 Sonata, some owners have been reporting an issue with their vehicles constantly pulling left and the automaker has now issued a service bulletin to address the issue. Hyundai stresses this is not a full recall, and it appears the company is trying to be proactive in addressing this issue before it needs a full recall.
2012 Hyundai Sonata Front Three Quarter
Once a venerable nameplate in the midsize sedan segment, Toyota is at risk of losing its sales-king crown to Korean automaker Hyundai. According to Bloomberg, Toyota sales stand to suffer unless the new 2012 Camry can steal back market share from the Hyundai Sonata.
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE Left Side View
That the Sonata has been a runaway success for Hyundai is no secret. Annual sales are on pace to exceed 200,000 units this year, placing the Sonata among the most popular vehicles on the market, and it's a 2011 Automobile Magazine All-Star. On top of that, we are currently about to wrap up a successful Four Seasons test of a 200-hp four-cylinder Sonata SE, which has proven to be a staff favorite. As further testament to its popularity, the Sonata is ubiquitous on the streets of Ann Arbor. In fact, as I write, I can see a Sonata parallel parking on Liberty Street just outside my office window.
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Hyundai has done very well with the Sonata. There's a price leader with great fuel economy in the form of the base car, a hybrid to appease the greenies, and now a turbo model that eliminates any argument for a V-6 engine in a mid-size sedan. Notice I didn't say the turbo will appease sport sedan shoppers, because it doesn't come close to reaching that level.
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2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T
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Hyundai Blue Link Head Unit
Having been one of the first automakers to roll out USB inputs across its full line, Hyundai is ready to up its telematics game again. This time, it is taking on General Motors’ OnStar with its Blue Link connectivity system.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
35 MPG
Horsepower:
198 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
184 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
60,000 miles / 60 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 120 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR
Summary
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 SONATA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 11, 2009, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2010. ON SOME OF THESE VEHICLES THE STEERING COLUMN INTERMEDIATE SHAFT UNIVERSAL JOINT CONNECTIONS MAY HAVE BEEN EITHER IMPROPERLY ASSEMBLED OR INSUFFICIENTLY TIGHTENED.
Consequences
IMPROPER ASSEMBLY OR INSUFFICIENT TIGHTENING OF THE CONNECTIONS COULD RESULT IN A COMPLETE SEPARATION OR COMPROMISED ATTACHMENT OF THE CONNECTIONS, SUCH THAT THE DRIVER COULD EXPERIENCE A LOSS OF, OR REDUCTION IN, STEERING CAPABILITY INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE STEERING COLUMN INTERMEDIATE SHAFT UNIVERSAL JOINT CONNECTIONS FOR PROPER ASSEMBLY AND TORQUE. IN ADDITION DEALERS WILL UPDATE THE POWER STEERING SOFTWARE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
Potential Units Affected
138,354
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:01
Component
STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR
Summary
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 SONATA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 11, 2009, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2010. ON SOME OF THESE VEHICLES THE STEERING COLUMN INTERMEDIATE SHAFT UNIVERSAL JOINT CONNECTIONS MAY HAVE BEEN EITHER IMPROPERLY ASSEMBLED OR INSUFFICIENTLY TIGHTENED.
Consequences
IMPROPER ASSEMBLY OR INSUFFICIENT TIGHTENING OF THE CONNECTIONS COULD RESULT IN A COMPLETE SEPARATION OR COMPROMISED ATTACHMENT OF THE CONNECTIONS, SUCH THAT THE DRIVER COULD EXPERIENCE A LOSS OF, OR REDUCTION IN, STEERING CAPABILITY INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE STEERING COLUMN INTERMEDIATE SHAFT UNIVERSAL JOINT CONNECTIONS FOR PROPER ASSEMBLY AND TORQUE. IN ADDITION DEALERS WILL UPDATE THE POWER STEERING SOFTWARE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 11, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER AT 1-787-999-3333.
Potential Units Affected
60
Notes
HYUNDAI CARIBBEAN-PUERTO RICO


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
Summary
HYUNDAI-KIA HAS NOTIFIED NHTSA ABOUT A DEFECT IN CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 SONATA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 11, 2009 THROUGH FEBRUARY 15, 2010. THE FRONT INSIDE DOOR LOCK SWITCH CAN REMAIN IN THE UNLATCHED POSITION.
Consequences
THE DOOR MAY NOT BE IN THE LOCKED POSITION AND MAY OPEN WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN INJURY TO THE DRIVER OR PASSENGER.
Remedy
HYUNDAI-KIA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES BY REPLACING LATCHES AFFECTED BY THIS RECALL CAMPAIGN FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 12, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
Potential Units Affected
5,893
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause 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. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
Potential Units Affected
1,712,336
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause 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. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
Consequences
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
Potential Units Affected
1,712,336
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011 Sonata vehicles manufactured from December 11, 2009, through September 1, 2010. The affected vehicles may experience a brake fluid leak from the two brake lines that connect the brake system's master cylinder to the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) due to insufficient seal between the inner brake hose and metal brake line fitting.
Consequences
If the brake lines leak brake sufficient fluid, the brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate and longer stopping distance will be required, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake hoses with a revised service part, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 122.
Potential Units Affected
133,075
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009, through May 29, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may detach from from the shift lever pin.
Consequences
If the transmission shift cable detaches, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Furthermore, when the driver parks the vehicle, despite selecting the 'PARK' position, the transmission may not be in 'PARK.' If the vehicle is not in the 'PARK' position and the parking brake is not applied, there is a risk the vehicle will 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.
Remedy
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, repair the connection between the shift cable and shift lever, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 123.
Potential Units Affected
883,000
Notes
Hyundai Motor Company


NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R

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