The Detroit News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating almost 400,000 Hyundai Sonata models over rust complaints. So far, NHTSA has received six complaints that Sonata models, built between 2006 and 2008, have allegedly suffered rear control arm failures due to subframe rust. Three of those occurred at highway speeds, and two resulted in the actuation of the vehicle's stability control system, though no one was injured. An investigation is typically the first step toward determining whether or not a safety recall is necessary.

This isn't the first recall for the Sonata. Last year saw Hyundai recall certain 2012 and 2013 models for side-curtain air bags that could deploy inadvertently, and the automaker issued a campaign to recall 139,500 Sonata sedans for steering issues back in 2010.


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      RA
      • 1 Year Ago
      '06-'08 is damn new in this age. this speaks truth about that brand.
      GN
      • 1 Year Ago
      That Kia was a 2002 Audi A4 ripoff.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GN
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      tiger
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, if this were a recall for GM with half the number of recalled cars, this 4-hour old article would have 300 negative comments.
      njdaddybear4u
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love my 2004 Sonata, never had any problems. All my previous cars were american made and the service sucked, i remember when chrysler wanted me to pay half for a repaint job when it was them that put cheap primer on their cars and i said no and they said that was their final decision and i told them, "then you want to know why people are buying foreign cars. I have seen more foreign cars on the road now and its because of the good quality and service.
      dave and mary
      • 1 Year Ago
      I changed the control arms on a neighbors Hyundai Sonata a couple years ago. Even then I thought, wow ... this should be a recall. NHTSA just waited until Hyundai had the money to fix it. Poltiical motives kill me - and you.
      gnvlscdt23f
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's nice. But none of the issues mentioned in this article affect the car shown, which is either an '09 or '10 model year vehicle.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gnvlscdt23f
        False. The model shown is a MY2006 - MY2008. The MY2009 - MY2010 were the significantly refeshed MMC Sonata. You can tell in this picture by the front bumper cover, headlamps and fog lamps.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gnvlscdt23f
        It's the '09
          BC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          If you do an image search for the 2008 Hyundai Sonata, you find the same picture on foreign websites. Possibly the facelift was introduced earlier in non-US markets, or the ID may be incorrect and misled the poster. In any event the subframes are probably unchanged until at least the 2011 model, and it's only a matter of time until the later model years are recalled. Earlier model years of Sonatas were previously recalled for subframe rust issues, although that may have been the fronts. I remember a few years ago the local Hyundai dealers had stacks of dozens of rusty subframes sitting with their trash and recycling bins.
          gnvlscdt23f
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          The picture is from the press kit issued for the '09, which wasn't changed for the 2010 models, so yeah, it is an '09. But it could be a '10 and you couldn't tell from the photo.
      djezbe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of interest, the 1999 to 2001 Sonata had rust issues with the front subframe, allowing the front suspension members to collapse. Can\'t recall if it ever was escalated to a full recall, but several posts were noted on the web. Really thought they had their arms around that issue??? Hmmmmm???
      ROBINHOOD
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's the cheap grade steel they are using.
      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      I figure this will only be an issue for second-hand owners as I doubt most who buy a new Hyundai keep it past four years or lease it for three. My neighbor just rolled up with brand new grey Sonata last month replacing her black Sonata that I swear she only had for a year and half, maybe two years at the most. Not sure what went on there. Does Hyundai do early lease terminations to drive sales? Guess I could ask her, but don't really care.
      adika3z
      • 1 Year Ago
      ALL vehicles are iron / steel and easily getting rusty, no vehicles are rustproof at all
      Sylvie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have the undercarriage spray washed to remove the salt. When dry, have it put up on a lift and sprayed with WD-40.
      2012JKU
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a 2006 Sonata I bought new in January 2006. By the time I traded in my Jeep in March 2012 at 66K miles, it had rust along the bottom of the doors and the bottom of the trunk lid at the welds. Not a good sign for the next owner and it was in excellent condition otherwise.
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