Recalls


CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
09V280000HYUNDAI CARIBBEAN-PUERTO RICOfrom 04/01/2005 to 12/31/2005V (Vehicle)301109/02/2009MFRHYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY07/21/200907/17/2009
Defect SummaryHyundai is recalling 3,011 model year 2005-2007 elantra, tucson, sonata, azera and accent vehicles. a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to fail to illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause the brake lights to remain illuminated when the brake pedal is released. a defective stop lamp switch may also affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature so the transmission would not be able to be shift out of the 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 SummaryAny of these malfunctions could lead to a crash.
Corrective SummaryDealers will replace the stop lamp switch free of charge. the recall began on september 2, 2009. owners may contact hyundai of puerto rico customer service at 1-787-999-4310.
NotesHyundai of puerto rico recall no.91b026.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 .
09E012000SABERSPORT E (Equipment)1627005/11/2009OVSCHYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY04/07/200904/07/2009571108
Defect SummarySabersport is recalling 16,270 combination corner and bumper lamp assemblies of various part numbers sold for use as aftermarket equipment for various passenger vehicles. these headlamps fail to conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. these lamps do not contain the required amber side reflectors.
Consequence SummaryDecreased lighting visibility may result in a vehicle crash.
Corrective SummarySabersport will notify owners and offer a full refund for the noncompliant combination lamps. the safety recall began on may 11, 2009. owners may contact sabersport at 1-909-598-7589.
NotesThis recall only pertains to aftermarket replacement equipment and has no relation to any original equipment installed on vehicles produced by the vehicle manufacturer.in order to determine if your aftermarket lamp assembly is affected by this noncompliance, please review the list of model numbers provided to us by sabersport.the list can be found under document search located at the bottom of your screen.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 .
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - HEADLIGHTS
06V180000HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANYfrom 07/03/2005 to 07/11/2005V (Vehicle)46306/26/2006MFRHYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY05/22/200605/24/2006
Defect SummaryOn certain passenger vehicles, the inner bezels of the headlamps were not properly assembled which may cause the turn signal lenses to be improperly positioned.
Consequence SummaryAn improperly positioned turn signal lens may reduce the intensity of the turn signal illumination, reducing its visibility to oncoming traffic, which may result in a crash.
Corrective SummaryDealers will replace the left and right headlamp assemblies free of charge. the recall began on june 26, 2006. owners may contact hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
NotesHyundai recall no. 075.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration
08E021000HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC E (Equipment)408502/13/2008OVSCHYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY03/07/200803/11/2008571108
Defect SummaryHyundai-kia is recalling 4,085 replacement headlamp assemblies sold for use on 2006-2008 sonata and azera vehicles. these headlamp assemblies may not have been aligned properly and fail to conform to the photometric requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.
Consequence SummaryImproper aiming of the headlamp may result in poor visibility possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.
Corrective SummaryHyundai-kia dealers have been notified and instructed to return their supply to hyundai motor america. none of the headlamps were sold as retail. as a result, an owner notification letter will not be issued.
NotesHyundai-kia recall campaign 080.customers may 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.

Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - BRAKE LIGHTS - SWITCH
TSB-09-01-01806/01/200910031008Hyundai: stop lamp switch replacement (campaign 092). this bulletin describes the procedure to remove, replace, and adjust the stop lamp switch. *pe12/30/2009
16305/01/200610020130Stop lamp switch adjustment. *tt07/24/2006
065000604/01/200610019944Stop lamp switch adjustment. *tt05/17/2006
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - TAIL LIGHTS - SWITCH
TSB-09-01-01806/01/200910031008Hyundai: stop lamp switch replacement (campaign 092). this bulletin describes the procedure to remove, replace, and adjust the stop lamp switch. *pe12/30/2009

Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - BRAKE LIGHTS
PE09003HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY01/14/200904/24/2009STOP LAMP SWITCH FAILURE09V122000
 By letter dated april 15, 2009, hyundai notified the agency that it will conduct a safety recall (nhtsa recall number 09v122) to replace the stop lamp switches on many of its model year 2005-2008 vehicles.see recall 09v122 for a complete list. the agency opened its investigation based on five complaints of stop lamp failure across several 2007 hyundai models. the agency also received early warning (ewr) reports on this issue.most of those failures were traced to the improper operation of the stop lamp switch that controls stop lamp illumination.a malfunctioning stop lamp switch can cause the vehicle's brake lights not to light during braking, or alternatively, it can cause the brake lights to stay lit even when a driver takes the foot off the brake pedal. failure of the stop lamps to illuminate properly creates the hazard of rear end collisions when drivers following the subject vehicle do not recognize that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. hyundai reported one crash incident (a frontal impact), without injury, that was alleged to have been caused by this defect.the agency reviewed the incident and cannot conclude that it is related to this defect. there are other potential problems related to failure of the stop lamp switch: failure of the cruise control to disengage, interference with proper functioning of antilock brakes and electronic stability control, and inability to move the gear shift lever out of park position.based on the above safety recall, this investigation is closed.
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - BRAKE LIGHTS - SWITCH
PE09003HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY01/14/200904/24/2009STOP LAMP SWITCH FAILURE09V122000
 By letter dated april 15, 2009, hyundai notified the agency that it will conduct a safety recall (nhtsa recall number 09v122) to replace the stop lamp switches on many of its model year 2005-2008 vehicles.see recall 09v122 for a complete list. the agency opened its investigation based on five complaints of stop lamp failure across several 2007 hyundai models. the agency also received early warning (ewr) reports on this issue.most of those failures were traced to the improper operation of the stop lamp switch that controls stop lamp illumination.a malfunctioning stop lamp switch can cause the vehicle's brake lights not to light during braking, or alternatively, it can cause the brake lights to stay lit even when a driver takes the foot off the brake pedal. failure of the stop lamps to illuminate properly creates the hazard of rear end collisions when drivers following the subject vehicle do not recognize that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. hyundai reported one crash incident (a frontal impact), without injury, that was alleged to have been caused by this defect.the agency reviewed the incident and cannot conclude that it is related to this defect. there are other potential problems related to failure of the stop lamp switch: failure of the cruise control to disengage, interference with proper functioning of antilock brakes and electronic stability control, and inability to move the gear shift lever out of park position.based on the above safety recall, this investigation is closed.

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
05/17/2012720001
 My car started having problems in may that when i look them up, are listed as issues that have been recalled by hyundai yet when i contacted hyundai these were not open recalls on my vehicle. my abs/esc light comes on and off. if i turn my car off and re-start it then the light will be gone, only to come on again at some point when i'm driving. i just got new brakes in january and my brakes seem to be working fine. the only time i was concerned was during a road trip when the light was off, but came on when i slammed on my brakes on the highway. my air bag light came on around the same time the brake light started consistently coming on. this light does not go away. i have also been told that i have a back break light that is out yet when i took it to get a new bulb it was working just fine. then the next day when backing up, i could see my car's reflection in a window and that light was out, indicating some sort of electrical short. to top it all off, my check engine light came on today and i will be taking my car in this afternoon to see what that is. my car is up to date on all maintenance. in the last 7 months i have had new brakes, new spark plugs, and a new battery. i'm not sure why these lights are on but it is very frustrating to see recalls for some of these issues, and they just aren't on my car specifically. *tr
05/17/2012720001
 My car started having problems in may that when i look them up, are listed as issues that have been recalled by hyundai yet when i contacted hyundai these were not open recalls on my vehicle. my abs/esc light comes on and off. if i turn my car off and re-start it then the light will be gone, only to come on again at some point when i'm driving. i just got new brakes in january and my brakes seem to be working fine. the only time i was concerned was during a road trip when the light was off, but came on when i slammed on my brakes on the highway. my air bag light came on around the same time the brake light started consistently coming on. this light does not go away. i have also been told that i have a back break light that is out yet when i took it to get a new bulb it was working just fine. then the next day when backing up, i could see my car's reflection in a window and that light was out, indicating some sort of electrical short. to top it all off, my check engine light came on today and i will be taking my car in this afternoon to see what that is. my car is up to date on all maintenance. in the last 7 months i have had new brakes, new spark plugs, and a new battery. i'm not sure why these lights are on but it is very frustrating to see recalls for some of these issues, and they just aren't on my car specifically. *tr
05/17/201272000
 My car started having problems in may that when i look them up, are listed as issues that have been recalled by hyundai yet when i contacted hyundai these were not open recalls on my vehicle. my abs/esc light comes on and off. if i turn my car off and re-start it then the light will be gone, only to come on again at some point when i'm driving. i just got new brakes in january and my brakes seem to be working fine. the only time i was concerned was during a road trip when the light was off, but came on when i slammed on my brakes on the highway. my air bag light came on around the same time the brake light started consistently coming on. this light does not go away. i have also been told that i have a back break light that is out yet when i took it to get a new bulb it was working just fine. then the next day when backing up, i could see my car's reflection in a window and that light was out, indicating some sort of electrical short. to top it all off, my check engine light came on today and i will be taking my car in this afternoon to see what that is. my car is up to date on all maintenance. in the last 7 months i have had new brakes, new spark plugs, and a new battery. i'm not sure why these lights are on but it is very frustrating to see recalls for some of these issues, and they just aren't on my car specifically.
05/17/201272000
 My car started having problems in may that when i look them up, are listed as issues that have been recalled by hyundai yet when i contacted hyundai these were not open recalls on my vehicle. my abs/esc light comes on and off. if i turn my car off and re-start it then the light will be gone, only to come on again at some point when i'm driving. i just got new brakes in january and my brakes seem to be working fine. the only time i was concerned was during a road trip when the light was off, but came on when i slammed on my brakes on the highway. my air bag light came on around the same time the brake light started consistently coming on. this light does not go away. i have also been told that i have a back break light that is out yet when i took it to get a new bulb it was working just fine. then the next day when backing up, i could see my car's reflection in a window and that light was out, indicating some sort of electrical short. to top it all off, my check engine light came on today and i will be taking my car in this afternoon to see what that is. my car is up to date on all maintenance. in the last 7 months i have had new brakes, new spark plugs, and a new battery. i'm not sure why these lights are on but it is very frustrating to see recalls for some of these issues, and they just aren't on my car specifically.
04/25/201175000
 During operation of the vehicle, when vehicle engine speed drops to approximately 1000 - 1100 rpm, headlights will dim or briefly shut off, radio will shut off, and interior fan speed will drop. this happens for approximately 1 second and is intermittent. from searches of the internet, this appears to be a common problem requiring replacement of the positive battery cable assembly. i do not understand why this has not been handled via a recall, especially since headlights dimming off or shutting off during night driving is extremely dangerous. this has happened on multiple occasions to this car. in addition, probably due to this voltage drop problem, several headlights, brake lights etc., have had to be replaced. this has already cost me several hundred dollars in troubleshooting and repair, prior to learning about the cable assembly.
04/25/201175000
 During operation of the vehicle, when vehicle engine speed drops to approximately 1000 - 1100 rpm, headlights will dim or briefly shut off, radio will shut off, and interior fan speed will drop. this happens for approximately 1 second and is intermittent. from searches of the internet, this appears to be a common problem requiring replacement of the positive battery cable assembly. i do not understand why this has not been handled via a recall, especially since headlights dimming off or shutting off during night driving is extremely dangerous. this has happened on multiple occasions to this car. in addition, probably due to this voltage drop problem, several headlights, brake lights etc., have had to be replaced. this has already cost me several hundred dollars in troubleshooting and repair, prior to learning about the cable assembly.
04/25/201175000
 During operation of the vehicle, when vehicle engine speed drops to approximately 1000 - 1100 rpm, headlights will dim or briefly shut off, radio will shut off, and interior fan speed will drop. this happens for approximately 1 second and is intermittent. from searches of the internet, this appears to be a common problem requiring replacement of the positive battery cable assembly. i do not understand why this has not been handled via a recall, especially since headlights dimming off or shutting off during night driving is extremely dangerous. this has happened on multiple occasions to this car. in addition, probably due to this voltage drop problem, several headlights, brake lights etc., have had to be replaced. this has already cost me several hundred dollars in troubleshooting and repair, prior to learning about the cable assembly.
05/15/200725000
 2006 hyundai sonata parking lights won't go off or go off and come back on.
05/15/200725000
 2006 hyundai sonata parking lights won't go off or go off and come back on.
05/15/200725000
 2006 hyundai sonata parking lights won't go off or go off and come back on.
05/15/200725000
 2006 hyundai sonata parking lights won't go off or go off and come back on.
05/15/200725000
 2006 hyundai sonata parking lights won't go off or go off and come back on.
11/05/200940000
 2006 sonata now has an intermittent electrical problem. these problems manefest themselves usually when the gas is not being applied, but not necessarily when the brakes are being applied. the headlights will go off and then come back on; the radio sometimes will go off and then come back on; the a/c fan sometimes sounds as if it has turned off and then comes back on; several times i noticed the esc light and abs light come on when the radio and lights and ac turned off and then came back on. at times these outages will occur when the turn signal is used. all these happenings have been reported to the hyundai service department but they say they can't get it to repeat the symptoms or find a problem
11/05/200940000
 2006 sonata now has an intermittent electrical problem. these problems manefest themselves usually when the gas is not being applied, but not necessarily when the brakes are being applied. the headlights will go off and then come back on; the radio sometimes will go off and then come back on; the a/c fan sometimes sounds as if it has turned off and then comes back on; several times i noticed the esc light and abs light come on when the radio and lights and ac turned off and then came back on. at times these outages will occur when the turn signal is used. all these happenings have been reported to the hyundai service department but they say they can't get it to repeat the symptoms or find a problem
11/05/200940000
 2006 sonata now has an intermittent electrical problem. these problems manefest themselves usually when the gas is not being applied, but not necessarily when the brakes are being applied. the headlights will go off and then come back on; the radio sometimes will go off and then come back on; the a/c fan sometimes sounds as if it has turned off and then comes back on; several times i noticed the esc light and abs light come on when the radio and lights and ac turned off and then came back on. at times these outages will occur when the turn signal is used. all these happenings have been reported to the hyundai service department but they say they can't get it to repeat the symptoms or find a problem
11/05/200940000
 2006 sonata now has an intermittent electrical problem. these problems manefest themselves usually when the gas is not being applied, but not necessarily when the brakes are being applied. the headlights will go off and then come back on; the radio sometimes will go off and then come back on; the a/c fan sometimes sounds as if it has turned off and then comes back on; several times i noticed the esc light and abs light come on when the radio and lights and ac turned off and then came back on. at times these outages will occur when the turn signal is used. all these happenings have been reported to the hyundai service department but they say they can't get it to repeat the symptoms or find a problem
04/04/200724000
 I bought a 2006 hyundai sonata at the beginning of the model year in august 2005. since that time, i have replaced the low beam headlamps at least 4 times. on two of those four occasions, the headlamps burned out after only a few months of use. this seems to be a systemic problem and hyundai refuses to acknowledge it.
04/04/200724000
 I bought a 2006 hyundai sonata at the beginning of the model year in august 2005. since that time, i have replaced the low beam headlamps at least 4 times. on two of those four occasions, the headlamps burned out after only a few months of use. this seems to be a systemic problem and hyundai refuses to acknowledge it.
04/04/200724000
 I bought a 2006 hyundai sonata at the beginning of the model year in august 2005. since that time, i have replaced the low beam headlamps at least 4 times. on two of those four occasions, the headlamps burned out after only a few months of use. this seems to be a systemic problem and hyundai refuses to acknowledge it.
04/04/200724000
 I bought a 2006 hyundai sonata at the beginning of the model year in august 2005. since that time, i have replaced the low beam headlamps at least 4 times. on two of those four occasions, the headlamps burned out after only a few months of use. this seems to be a systemic problem and hyundai refuses to acknowledge it.
04/04/200724000
 I bought a 2006 hyundai sonata at the beginning of the model year in august 2005. since that time, i have replaced the low beam headlamps at least 4 times. on two of those four occasions, the headlamps burned out after only a few months of use. this seems to be a systemic problem and hyundai refuses to acknowledge it.
04/04/200724000
 I bought a 2006 hyundai sonata at the beginning of the model year in august 2005. since that time, i have replaced the low beam headlamps at least 4 times. on two of those four occasions, the headlamps burned out after only a few months of use. this seems to be a systemic problem and hyundai refuses to acknowledge it.
09/01/201060200
 See e-mail exchange: dear william white: thank you for contacting hyundai motor america. we apologize you were not satisfied with our previous email. we appreciate the opportunity to address your comments regarding the rear brake light in your 2006 hyundai sonata. we understand how this can be frustrating to you. however, we are unable to provide instructions on how to replace the rear brake light. in addition, this information is withheld from your owner's manual, as it is only recommended that the replacement be completed by an authorized hyundai dealership to ensure it is done to hyundai specifications. if you choose to complete this replacement without the assistance of your dealership, to ensure it is done correctly, it is recommended that you purchase a service manual. however, it is not required. the warranty coverage for bulb replacement is 12 months from the date of first use (dfu), or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first, for factory defect in part or workmanship only. hyundai's written warranties are legally binding agreements that cannot be altered or extended for any reason. in addition, hyundai dealerships are independently owned and operated, and set their own pricing on vehicles they sell and services they provide. we are unable to regulate any service costs, or force your dealership to complete the service free of charge. we apologize about any disappointment this may cause. we have documented your request under case # 4110732. thank you for contacting hyundai consumer affairs. email response from hyundai consumer affairshyundai consumer affairs, i find your reply to be total bullshit. you have designed a safety hazard into your automobiles. your reply that i must either pay for an expensive dealer charge or pay for a maintenance manual while my car which is 500 miles over the warrantee is unacceptable. i am filing a complaint with the federal agency in charge of safety hazards. i own two hyundais now. they will
09/01/201060200
 See e-mail exchange: dear william white: thank you for contacting hyundai motor america. we apologize you were not satisfied with our previous email. we appreciate the opportunity to address your comments regarding the rear brake light in your 2006 hyundai sonata. we understand how this can be frustrating to you. however, we are unable to provide instructions on how to replace the rear brake light. in addition, this information is withheld from your owner's manual, as it is only recommended that the replacement be completed by an authorized hyundai dealership to ensure it is done to hyundai specifications. if you choose to complete this replacement without the assistance of your dealership, to ensure it is done correctly, it is recommended that you purchase a service manual. however, it is not required. the warranty coverage for bulb replacement is 12 months from the date of first use (dfu), or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first, for factory defect in part or workmanship only. hyundai's written warranties are legally binding agreements that cannot be altered or extended for any reason. in addition, hyundai dealerships are independently owned and operated, and set their own pricing on vehicles they sell and services they provide. we are unable to regulate any service costs, or force your dealership to complete the service free of charge. we apologize about any disappointment this may cause. we have documented your request under case # 4110732. thank you for contacting hyundai consumer affairs. email response from hyundai consumer affairshyundai consumer affairs, i find your reply to be total bullshit. you have designed a safety hazard into your automobiles. your reply that i must either pay for an expensive dealer charge or pay for a maintenance manual while my car which is 500 miles over the warrantee is unacceptable. i am filing a complaint with the federal agency in charge of safety hazards. i own two hyundais now. they will
09/01/201060200
 See e-mail exchange: dear william white: thank you for contacting hyundai motor america. we apologize you were not satisfied with our previous email. we appreciate the opportunity to address your comments regarding the rear brake light in your 2006 hyundai sonata. we understand how this can be frustrating to you. however, we are unable to provide instructions on how to replace the rear brake light. in addition, this information is withheld from your owner's manual, as it is only recommended that the replacement be completed by an authorized hyundai dealership to ensure it is done to hyundai specifications. if you choose to complete this replacement without the assistance of your dealership, to ensure it is done correctly, it is recommended that you purchase a service manual. however, it is not required. the warranty coverage for bulb replacement is 12 months from the date of first use (dfu), or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first, for factory defect in part or workmanship only. hyundai's written warranties are legally binding agreements that cannot be altered or extended for any reason. in addition, hyundai dealerships are independently owned and operated, and set their own pricing on vehicles they sell and services they provide. we are unable to regulate any service costs, or force your dealership to complete the service free of charge. we apologize about any disappointment this may cause. we have documented your request under case # 4110732. thank you for contacting hyundai consumer affairs. email response from hyundai consumer affairshyundai consumer affairs, i find your reply to be total bullshit. you have designed a safety hazard into your automobiles. your reply that i must either pay for an expensive dealer charge or pay for a maintenance manual while my car which is 500 miles over the warrantee is unacceptable. i am filing a complaint with the federal agency in charge of safety hazards. i own two hyundais now. they will
09/01/201060200
 See e-mail exchange: dear william white: thank you for contacting hyundai motor america. we apologize you were not satisfied with our previous email. we appreciate the opportunity to address your comments regarding the rear brake light in your 2006 hyundai sonata. we understand how this can be frustrating to you. however, we are unable to provide instructions on how to replace the rear brake light. in addition, this information is withheld from your owner's manual, as it is only recommended that the replacement be completed by an authorized hyundai dealership to ensure it is done to hyundai specifications. if you choose to complete this replacement without the assistance of your dealership, to ensure it is done correctly, it is recommended that you purchase a service manual. however, it is not required. the warranty coverage for bulb replacement is 12 months from the date of first use (dfu), or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first, for factory defect in part or workmanship only. hyundai's written warranties are legally binding agreements that cannot be altered or extended for any reason. in addition, hyundai dealerships are independently owned and operated, and set their own pricing on vehicles they sell and services they provide. we are unable to regulate any service costs, or force your dealership to complete the service free of charge. we apologize about any disappointment this may cause. we have documented your request under case # 4110732. thank you for contacting hyundai consumer affairs. email response from hyundai consumer affairshyundai consumer affairs, i find your reply to be total bullshit. you have designed a safety hazard into your automobiles. your reply that i must either pay for an expensive dealer charge or pay for a maintenance manual while my car which is 500 miles over the warrantee is unacceptable. i am filing a complaint with the federal agency in charge of safety hazards. i own two hyundais now. they will
05/15/201045687
 The light bulb for the third brake light on my 2006 hyundai sonata is burned out. i was advised by both the dealership and hyundai that it will cost $ 85.00 to replace the bulb because there is no user access to the bulb. the dealer must remove the entire back seat and rear deck to perform this replacement. as i cannot afford $ 85.00 at this time, my third brake light remains inoperable. the car is still under hyundai's bumper to bumper warranty.
04/01/201090000
 Http://www.autoblog.com/2009/04/20/multiple-hyundai-recalls-for-brake-lamps-and-rust-issues-affect/ hyundai states that they do not replace the lamps [bulbs] due to this recall. case # 3905707 from agent id # 54221 states that the lamps are not covered under the recall even though the recall directly relates to their premature burning out.
09/27/2009744001
 Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u.s.c. 552(b)(6) i own a 2006 hyundai sonata, [xxx] , the vehicle constantly burns out the headlamps. since purchase in 2006, the car has gone through 4 sets of headlamps. the last time this happened my wife was driving on a rural road at night when both headlamps burned at once. this incident created a hazardous condition where she was momentarily totally unable to see the road. this failure mode seems to be a systemic problem that hyundai refuses to acknowledge, and their response is just to recommend replacement of bulbs as they burn out. *tr
03/13/20101
 2006 hyundai sonata 3rd brake light housing has a design problem which does not allow for the bulb to be replaced by the owner. of course short life bulbs are used so the light burns out quickly. hyundai's solution is to bring the car into a dealership and pay around $75 for them to take out the tray between the seat and window to get to the bulb to replace. consequently, with the strains of the economy most people have to choose to not replace the bulb. a proper design would have allowed the car owner to replace the bulb. this problem started back in 2008. *tr
09/01/2009750001
 At first it was the radio, turning on and off by itself when i would try to lower the volume it would be louder. my headlights would go out and turn on again, my emergency brake light will turn on as my car would stop in the middle of the street. air bag deployment sign is on and the bag it is not deployed. the abs, esc and other glow lights will turn on; sometimes i cant roll down the windows or lock the car with the button. now my car will not start, no power and it resets my clock. i have gone to the dealership twice and they are greedy money hungry
06/24/2009382001
 I received a recall letter on my 2006 hyundai sonata regarding the stop lamp switch. i knew i had this problem, but when i took it in on june 24, 2009, i was told it would cost me approximately $275.00 to repair. i cannot afford such repair. then the manager of the service dept. came and offered to repair it for less, but that he would call me later with a quote. i never received such a call. today, i took my car back to service dept. at 7:00 in the morning and was told it would take until about 7:00 in the evening to repair, when i told them i could not be without a car that long, i was told that they had to see if even my car qualified for this recall. the person came back to say that my car did not. i would like a response to this request. the woman taking down my information did not even listen to the other things i was complaining about, such as a rubber (do not know correct name) fell off from the sunroof and other items. she did not even hear about those item. *tr
07/24/20091
 That's the problem there is no serious event leading up to the problem. it is happening because theses cars are not built for safety. i have had my car for 5 months and there are some serious problems, hyundai and you all may not think so but it is. if it was your car that had all of these problems you would be complaining also. problems that i have with my hyundai sonata: passenger airbag light on every time you crank up, airbag light in the dash board on, check engine light (sensors going bad in the car). if its not equipped for the car don't try something that's going to have people spending out of the pockets and then paying for a car also. recalls on 06 hyundai sonata what's the purpose if it cant be fixed everything on the recall list is happening to my car. if i had a second chance i would not have bout that
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - BRAKE LIGHTS
07/01/200940000
 Tl* the contact owns a 2006 hyundai sonata. the rear deck stop light in the back was inoperative. the failure to notify other drivers of intentions increased the risk for a vehicle crash. a technician concluded that because the manufacturer did not design an access port, they would have to remove the entire rear deck in order to replace the light bulb. he was in the process of having the vehicle repaired. the current and failure mileages were 40,000.
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - HEADLIGHTS
01/20/20065411/17/2005
 I recently purchased a new 2006 hyundai sonata. i have had the vehicle to the dealer several times because of headlight issues. vehicle from factory was blinding oncoming traffic. dealer adjusted headlights so low that they did not illuminate the road for any reasonable distance. return trip to dealer resulted in headlights that did an effective job of lighting the trees above. third trip to dealer has resulted in headlights that do not properly light the road for any distance. i have adjusted them according to the procedure in the service manual, and they perform similarly to when the vehicle came from the factory. they again blind oncoming traffic to the point that i am again being flashed by oncoming traffic. i have verified that the lights are very bright to oncoming traffic by driving towards the sonata in another vehicle on a two lane road while another person is driving the sonata. i have received concurrence that others are experiencing this condition via an internet newsgroup. the dealer also states that they have received complaints from others on this issue, and nothing can be done, as they are the new european style headlights, and they are just brighter. *nm
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - TAIL LIGHTS
06/01/2007205/27/2006
 S10 appropriate handling re defective engine-malfunction indicator light and erratic rpm reading involving reduce acceleration fm owner of a 2006 hyundai sonata lx. *kb the consumer stated the check engine light illuminated. the vehicle was taken to the dealership several times, only to be told there was nothing wrong. the tail lights burned out, the passenger side air bag light illuminated when the passenger seat was occupied, the esc light would blink while driving in the rain and due to the esc light being on , the vehicle would become un-drivable. *jb