• Mar 8, 2010
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE – Click above for high-res image gallery

A couple weeks back, Hyundai put a stop-sale on its freshly minted 2011 Sonata sedan because a front door latch could malfunction after a rather labored series of steps. The stop-sale was lifted almost immediately, though, as the Korean automaker was able to quickly ship replacement parts to U.S. dealers, at which point the vehicles in stock were repaired. At that time, though, Hyundai promised to work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to put out a recall notice for the 1,300 vehicles that had already been sold; a promise that came to fruition this morning as NHTSA put out an official bulletin.

The NHTSA recall notice claims that the front inside door lock switches can remain in the unlatched position under certain conditions, making it possible for the front driver or passenger doors to open while the vehicle is in motion. Hyundai tells us that the latch may malfunction when a front inside door lock switch is held in the locked position while the inside door handle is pulled to open the door.

Sonata owners affected by the recall can bring their vehicle to the nearest Hyundai dealer for the no-cost repairs, which should take about an hour. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.



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[Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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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.

Consequence:

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 IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.

Notes:
HYUNDAI'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 096. 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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      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ohh my god! The door latch doesn't work!?! I'm definitely never getting a Hyundai after this! LOL...

      Recalls happen, it's not really a big deal unless it is a serious safety issue - I don't see this being a major safety issue! It isn't like the car accelerates wildly if you try to open the door! That would be pretty funny though - seeing the car take off as the driver tries to get in!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, why is this a 2011 Sonata when its already on sale?
        • 4 Years Ago
        'cuz it's a stupid pissing contest with Toyota that's gone on since the NF Sonata was introduced in 2005. The 2011 Camry is out already, too, even though there's really nothing new about it. The 2010 Sonata was out by sometime in the Mar-Apr 2009 time frame, even though there wasn't anything really new about it, either. Hyundai though did seem to move the YF Sonata's intro up a bit to take advantage of some market conditions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pay attention. Nobody can say a bad rep about Hyundai. The plan is working to
      perfection. Toyota , Honda , Nissan be warmed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you read carefully, it only happens when someone is pressing the power door lock button in the lock position, and pulling the door handle at the same time.

      This is a possible situation where the driver is trying to unlock the door, but mistakenly hits the lock part of the button, while a passenger is pulling on the door handle to open the door. Possible, but not exactly a life-threatening situation. It's just a minor design flaw that is receiving prompt attention and repair. Kudos.

      I guess if you want to jump on the bandwagon, though, you can call it unintended sudden opening.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No actually this was designed with Tiger Woods in mind, you see while one of his many mistresses was trying to escape outta the car, he goes for the door locks and tries to lock her in , she stays in the car, he drives off and goes around a big curve and she falls out !
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every car I owned in the early and mid 90's did this...Fords, GMs, and Hondas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This recall is easy. Just don't sell it to an idiot who will hold the lock while trying to open the door.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And to think, if it weren't for the recall bandwagon this world has gotten on, this would have never been mentioned and there wouldn't be "anything to fix".


        • 4 Years Ago
        They can't figure out how to make a door latch?

        20 years ago they were the worst cars made; seems nothings changed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Vizel

        "Hyundai recalls even on a smallest and almost non-issue problems. They just recalled 515 Hyundai Tucson over a software issue that people weighing over 250lbs in the front seats may trigger an airbag warning light in front of them (but not actually deploy them) Seriously, if I weighed 250lbs, bodybuilder or obese, I would not be riding Hyundai's compact SUV."



        Now that is too funny. Got a laugh out of that one!
        • 4 Years Ago
        and btw I'm not saying THIS is a ridiculous recall, I'm just saying Hyundai recalls even on a smallest and almost non-issue problems. They just recalled 515 Hyundai Tucson over a software issue that people weighing over 250lbs in the front seats may trigger an airbag warning light in front of them (but not actually deploy them) Seriously, if I weighed 250lbs, bodybuilder or obese, I would not be riding Hyundai's compact SUV.

        Just saying. South Koreans have a very elitist-perfectionist culture, and they have customers bitching at them constantly over smallest of faults and tiniest of injustice. My Korean-Immigrant friend told me that hardest job in the world is being a Senator in South Korea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's not true. Hyundai has since 2005 built a reputation for calling recalls on some ridiculous things, such as door handle chromes may get sharp after continuous and vigorous use and hurt someone's hand eventually.
      • 4 Years Ago
      YES! Bout time, all the Fusion Competitors are being taught a lesson this year
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or it looks like the Chrysler Sebring if it were properly drawn? It has the soapbar style, triangular headlights, creases all over, yet it has it´s proportions right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2010 Recall CRAZE!!! IT's cool its hip and keeps the lawyers away :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      so if you pull on the door handle, the door opens?

      better get these death traps off the road now!!!

      (hopefully the sarcasm was detected)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's more that it won't close that's a problem.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, this nanny state mentality is frightening.
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