• Apr 20, 2009
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Hyundai have initiated recalls on 963,305 vehicles as part of four separate campaigns. The first recall, blanketing over one half million late-model vehicles, is nationwide. The other three recalls, all corrosion-related on older vehicles, are limited to the regions of the country where salt is used to de-ice roads in the winters.

The most widespread recall, affecting up to 531,894 2005-2008 Accent, Azera, Elantra, Entourage, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson, and Veracruz models, is NHTSA Campaign 09V122000. It is focused on a malfunctioning stop lamp switch that may prevent brake lights from illuminating when the pedal is depressed (the same switch may also cause them to stay lit after the brakes are released).

The second recall, affecting up to 175,765 1999-2004 Sonata, XG300, and XG350 models, is NHTSA Campaign 09V124000. That recall, limited to America's so-called "Salt Belt" states, is centered around potentially excessive corrosion of the front sub-frame due to winter road salt applications. If unnoticed, the lower control arm may separate from its mount.

The third recall, affecting up to 170,610 2001-2003 Elantra and Tiburon models, is NHTSA Campaign 09V125000. Also limited to the salt-belt states, the affected component is a failed lower control arm due to excessive corrosion.

The fourth recall, affecting up to 85,036 2001-2003 Santa Fe models, is NHTSA Campaign 09V123000. Again limited to to the Salt Belt states, the recall is centered around the possible internal corrosion of the rear trailing arms in the vehicle's suspension.

In all four recalls, Hyundai dealers will inspect, repair, and replace defective or damaged parts at no cost to the owner. In some situations, rust-proofing material will be added to chassis areas to arrest the corrosion process. Owners of affected vehicles may contact Hyundai Customer Service at 1-800-633-5151, call the NHTSA Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or visit SAFERCAR.GOV. Press releases after the jump.

[Source: NHTSA]

PRESS RELEASES:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HYUNDAI / ACCENT 2006-2007
HYUNDAI / AZERA 2007
HYUNDAI / ELANTRA 2007
HYUNDAI / ENTOURAGE 2006-2007
HYUNDAI / SANTA FE 2007
HYUNDAI / SONATA 2006-2007
HYUNDAI / TUCSON 2005-2007
HYUNDAI / VERACRUZ 2007-2008

Manufacturer: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: APR 14, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V122000
PE09003

NHTSA Action Number: PE09003

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 531894

Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 531,894 MY 2006-2007 ACCENT, ENTOURAGE, SONATA, MY 2007 AZERA, ELANTRA AND SANTA FE, MY 2005-2007 TUCSON AND MY 2007-2008 VERACRUZ VEHICLES. THE STOP LAMP SWITCH IN THE AFFECTED VEHICLES MAY MALFUNCTION. A MALFUNCTIONING STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO NOT ILLUMINATE WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED OR MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO REMAIN ILLUMINATED WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS RELEASED. A STOP LAMP SWITCH MALFUNCTION MAY AFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE BRAKE-TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK FEATURE SO THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTER WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE SHIFTED OUT OF PARK POSITION. IT MAY ALSO CAUSE THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC) MALFUNCTION LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE, AND IT MAY NOT DEACTIVATE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.

Consequence:
THESE MALFUNCTIONS MY LEAD TO A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STOP LAMP SWITCH FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.

Notes:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 092. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HYUNDAI / SONATA 1999-2004
HYUNDAI / XG300 2001-2004
HYUNDAI / XG350 2001-2004

Manufacturer: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: APR 14, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V124000

EA08016

NHTSA Action Number: EA08016

Component: SUSPENSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 175765

Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 175,765 MY 2001-2004 SONATA AND MY 2001-2004 XG300 AND XG350 VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF 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. DURING WINTER MONTHS, LARGE QUANTITIES OF SALT ARE USED TO DE-ICE ROADS IN THE SALT BELT STATES. ROAD SALT MAY RESULT IN INTERNAL CORROSION OF THE FRONT SUB-FRAME THAT IS PROGRESSIVE AND MAY RESULT IN THINNING OR PERFORATION OF THE SUB-FRAME STEEL. THE CORROSION IS FREQUENTLY VISIBLE AND OFTEN DISCOVERED DURING INSPECTION OR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE. YOU MAY ALSO HEAR NOISES OR NOTICE TIRE MISALIGNMENT AND STEERING PULL. THESE ARE INDICATIONS YOUR VEHICLE SHOULD BE SERVICED. IF THESE SIGNALS ARE UNDETECTED OR UNHEEDED, THE CORROSION MAY PROGRESS AND THE FORWARD MOUNTING OF THE LOWER CONTROL ARM MAY DETACH FROM THE SUB-FRAME. IF THAT HAPPENS, THE VEHICLE MAY LOSE DRIVER POWER TO THE WHEELS. THE FRONT WHEEL MAY MAKE CONTACT WITH THE FENDER OR WHEEL WELL.

Consequence:
SEPARATION OF THE FORWARD MOUNTING OF THE LOWER CONTROL ARM MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL MEASURE THE THICKNESS OF THE FRONT SUB-FRAME AND INSPECT THE FRONT SUB-FRAME FOR CORROSION DAMAGE IF NECESSARY THE FRONT SUB-FRAME WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW SUB-FRAME THAT INCORPORATES ADDITIONAL HOLES IN THE UPPER AND LOWER PANELS. IF THE FRONT SUB-FRAME DOES NOT REQUIRE REPLACEMENT, THE DEALER WILL ADD DRAINAGE HOLES TO THE SUB-FRAME AND WILL TREAT THE SUB-FRAME WITH RUST-PROOFING MATERIAL TO ARREST THE CORROSION PROCESS. THIS PROCEDURE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.

Notes:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 089. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HYUNDAI / ELANTRA 2001-2003
HYUNDAI / TIBURON 2003

Manufacturer: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: APR 14, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V125000

PE09011
NHTSA Action Number: PE09011

Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 170610

Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 170,610 MY 2001-2003 ELANTRA AND MY 2003 TIBURON VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF 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. DURING WINTER MONTHS, LARGE QUANTITIES OF SALT ARE USED TO DE-ICE ROADS IN THE SALT BELT STATES. ROAD SALT MAY RESULT IN INTERNAL CORROSION AND THINNING OF THE STEEL IN THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS. THE CORROSION MAY PROGRESS TO THE POINT WHERE THE LOWER CONTROL ARM'S UPPER AND LOWER PANELS BECOME PERFORATED. A PERFORATED FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM MAY FRACTURE BETWEEN ITS BALL JOINT ATTACHMENT AND THE FORWARD AND REARWARD PIVOT ATTACHMENTS TO THE CHASSIS. THIS COULD AFFECT YOUR CONTROL OVER THE TIRE AND WHEEL ASSEMBLY.

Consequence:
REDUCED CONTROL OF THE FRONT WHEEL DIRECTION MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS FOR CORROSION DAMAGE. IF SPECIFIED LEVELS OF INTERNAL CORROSION DAMAGE ARE FOUND, THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS WILL BE REPLACED WITH NEW FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS INCORPORATING ADDITIONAL HOLES IN THE UPPER AND LOWER PANELS. IF THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS DO NOT REQUIRE REPLACEMENT, THE DEALER WILL ADD DRAINAGE HOLES TO THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS AND WILL TREAT THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS WITH RUST-PROOFING MATERIALS TO ARREST THE INTERNAL CORROSION PROCESS. THESE PROCEDURES WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2009 OWNER MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.

Notes:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 091. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HYUNDAI / SANTA FE 2001-2003
Manufacturer: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: APR 14, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V123000

EA08023
NHTSA Action Number: EA08023

Component: SUSPENSION:REAR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 85036

Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 85,036 MY 2001-2003 SANTA FE VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF 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. DURING WINTER MONTH, LARGE QUANTITIES OF SALT ARE USED TO DE-ICE ROADS IN THE SALT BELT STATES. ROAD SALT MAY RESULT IN INTERNAL CORROSION OF THE REAR TRAILING ARMS, WHICH COULD LEAD TO THINNING OR PERFORATION OF THE REAR TRAILING ARM STEEL. THE CORROSION IS PROGRESSIVE AND OCCURS OVER TIME. YOU MAY SEE OR FEEL SLIGHT TO MODERATE CHANGES IN VEHICLE OPERATION WHICH WILL INCREASE IF THE VEHICLE IS NOT REPAIRED. THESE CHANGES INCLUDE A LOWERING OF VEHICLE HEIGHT THAT CAN LEAD TO TIRE MISALIGNMENT AND STEERING PULL. YOU MAY ALSO NOTICE A CREAKING SOUND. IF THE CORROSION IS ALLOWED TO PROGRESS, THE REAR TRAILING ARM MAY FRACTURE WHILE DRIVING.

Consequence:
THE DEFORMATION AND LOSS OF STRUCTURAL RIGIDITY OF THE REAR TRAILING ARM MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR TRAILING ARMS FOR INTERNAL CORROSION DAMAGE. IF SPECIFIED LEVELS OF CORROSION DAMAGE ARE FOUND, THE REAR TRAILING ARMS WILL BE REPLACED. REAR TRAILING ARMS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REPLACEMENT WILL HAVE DRAINAGE HOLES ADDED AND WILL BE TREATED WITH RUST-PROOFING MATERIAL TO ARREST THE CORROSION PROCESS. INSPECTION, TREATMENT AND REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES WILL BE CONDUCTED AT NO COST TO OWNERS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.

Notes:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 090. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .



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      caroline
      • 18 Days Ago

      This really concerns me. I bought a 2014 accent in March and my rear brakes are already rusting. The dealership told me it is due to weather and that my brakes need regular adjustments. Is there anyone out there could provide me some advise on how to deal with this? My car is less than a year old, this shouldn't be happening.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Korean CRAP...................................nuk em!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This shows that all brands have problems to some extent. Also recalls are often more of a precautionary measure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn, Hyundai... that's a pretty big recall right there. For some potentially dangerous problems too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      as pointed non working brake light can cause rear-end accidents

      and the rust issue is a big concern. A frined of mine has a Sonata (2003) and already had to replace from his pocket the rusted arms. he did that at about 102k miles.

      I guess he can now go back and ask for his money, except he did all the work so he may not get much except maybe piece cost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure people are going to think or say whatever they are going to say about Korea (South Korea for some of you geography flunkies), Hyundai, Kia..etc
      Depending on your tone of your comment you can ever look like a big ignorant fool, totally biased, jerky, or someone that actually knows something.

      First of all a large percentage of automakers have recalls weather issued or hidden until a mass riot begins. No automaker is perfect plain and simple. Some of you can sit there in your AB judging chair and say "oh junk, Korean cars suck., oh what a shame they were on a roll and now they suck, you get what you pay for" all you want. It proves nothing more than you are bisaed, just like people bashing GM and Dodge for their recalls.

      Now here's where Companies like this differ from most. Hyundai knew this was a problem so in order to make sure that they keep their good reputation they had to be strong and issue these recalls so that they can....(open your eyes and get ready to soak this in) "Take Care Of Their Existing Customers In The Best Way They Can" Yeah recalls suck but what would you rather them do? Would you rather have them keep quiet and let people experience these problems, costing them a near fortune to fix? Well if you can remember GM, Ford and Chrysler did just that in the late 80's and early 90's.

      Remember the transmission fiasco with Chrysler back in that time period, latch issues.etc? Chrysler denied any wrong doing and blamed the issues on customer neglect. Even though Ford had many back then but do most of you remember the 3.8L V6 head gasket issues that stirred up a mass riot. That engine affected many of Ford's #1 selling car in the USA the Taurus, Thunderbirds, some Mustangs, and Windstars. Also remember the excact same issue with GM's 3.1L V6 as well as the transmissions they usually were attached to, the engine used in the Blazer/Jimmy? GM still have yet to issue a recall for faulty engineering on those engines and transmissions. Don't believe me check the forums on the internet. It might amaze and maybe even make some of you feel sick because you own such a vehicle that has not broke yet but will. Lastly I can still even recall Toyota's 7MGE inline 6 engine that, again had the same head gasket problems due to being improperly torqued down.

      Getting back to Hyundai/Kia Honestly these recalls are not as horribly craptastic being that the company will foot the bill on all of the costs. Your only pain will be having to sit and wait or driving a loaner car that is better than yours. Seriously until there are major recalls on the drivetrain components such as engines or transmissions this will not put any kind of dent in their sales, lose their already gaining tracking on the market, nor make customers think twice. The recall nightmares most have experienced with the domestics and having to always foot the bill for the costs of rerpairs WILL make a company lose sales.

      The only reason anyone has to cry foul over this is if you are just looking for a reason to hate Hyundai and call them junk, when in reality you are in danger of sounding more biased and ignorant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is the corresponding Kia recall? If it effects the Entourage it has to effect the Sedonna.

      Btw having the trailing arm on your Santa Fe snap on the highway is a heck of a lot more serious than you are making it sound.

      I find it a bit bizzare that a company is forced to recall virtually their entire lineup all on the same day for multiple issues. I also find it a bit suspect that all three issues were identified at the same time. It smells a bit like the Japanese defect coverup of a few years ago. Hyundai just took a big drop in my view (and I actually thought a lot of them).
        • 5 Years Ago
        To expound on what Sal said, NHTSA starts an investigation based on warranty claims and consumer complaints. The agency then decides if a recall is warranted. They typically close a good many investigations at once. They must then approve the campaign, down to the letter sent to customers. They once blocked a recall that Hyundai initiated based on testing by the Canadian government on the photometrics on the Sonata's front turn signals because the letter didn't explain the danger.

        Also, I looked at the brake light switch investigation and there were a grand total of 5 complaints, plus some early warning (warranty) reports. So this isn't at all surprising.

        As far as questions others have about the Sedona and Spectra go, I found no investigation on them. I'm a bit surprised because the Sedona and Entourage are built in the same plant. Nevertheless, Kia and Hyundai still often use different suppliers so it's possible even the Sedona and Entourage have different switches if Hyundai already had some contract requiring them to use a certain supplier's switches. NHTSA requires all manufacturers to report all foreign recalls in addition to safety-related warranty work and the Sedona/Carnival is a global product, so it'd be hard for Kia to hide if the Sedona had the same problem.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good Point. As a (generally happy) owner of an '08 Kia Spectra (Essentially an Elantra), I would like to know if this affects my car as well. Been fairly pleased with the car otherwise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a process to go through before recalling vehicles. Every manufacturer goes through the same motions. So if you lose respect for Hyundai because of this, you might as well lose respect for everyone. What do you think happens? Somebody calls and reports something and then Hyundai goes and does a recall? There's a certain number of cases that must be reported and then each case is investigated. This is just how it works... It doesn't happen over night...

        Sal Collaziano
        http://www.madisonross.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      It can be really dangerous. The rear break lights grabs your attention, without it you may only notice that the car in front of you is stoping when it's too late.

      Anyway, nice they didn't wait until all cars where rusting to the chassis to make the recall...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look on the bright side,Hyundai could've just simply hid this issue in the files if they wanted to(a la Mitsubishi) instead of being PROACTIVE about trying to fix and resolve these issues. The fact that they want to nip this thing in the bud tells me that they're serious about upholding their quality standards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Korean junk! ;)
      Hey Sal!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just traded in my 06 Sonata on an 09 Malibu. The Sonata had pieces literally falling off of it, and the brake lights worked sometimes. The straw that broke the camel's back was finding out the valve covers were leaking at 30k miles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow sorry that your 06 had such problems. My 06 Sonata has been completely trouble free. I just went over 40K and couldn't happier with the car for what it is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmm that's funny. My company has an 06 Sonata in seattle blue with the V6 that we still use today. Oh and the car does take quite a beating being one of our company cars and driving in and out of NYC. I have yet to see any leaks coming from the gasket seals, and I am super picky about things like that since my last bad experience with several Chevy Luminas as company cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh well...

      Bigger question is, why is NHTSA not recalling MBs with all the rust issues? It's similarly/more dangerous and very wide spread.

      I guess I'll be off to check if Toyota/Lexus had shed some of it's boring designs and rust issues only applies to it's trucks.

      Why can't I have reliable cars/truck without rust issues in these day and age?
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