That didn’t take long, did it?

Hyundai’s 2011 Sonata – a car that has only been on sale in the US for two weeks – has received its first recall after complaints started pouring in regarding a malfunction on the front door lock mechanisms.

It’s not really the kind of start Hyundai is expecting with their biggest volume vehicle but after the company began receiving complaints from passengers that the hinge on the front doors of the 2011 Sonata can get stuck in an open position, which would then make them impossible to close. While the likelihood of this happening is extremely rare – one would have to pull the door latch while holding the ‘lock button’, which would then be counterintuitive to common sense – it was serious enough for Hyundai to do some damage control.

According to Hyundai spokesman Miles Johnson, "Anything to do with door latches warrants a recall. New parts are arriving in dealerships now, and the fix should not take more than an hour.”

All in all, over 47,300 Sonatas have been recalled with most of them occurring in the brand’s home country of South Korea. In the US, all the 1,300 Sonatas that have been sold since they came out two weeks ago are also being recalled.

It certainly doesn’t help Hyundai to be receiving this problem soon after the Sonata went on sale, but at least the South Korean brand is moving fast in rectifying the situation.


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  (570) posted on 02.25.2011

The Sonata Limited and GLS have the same suspension tuning, at least then did in the previous generations and from everything I’ve heard about the new ones. The Limited does have 215mm and 17" rims though, same as the Optima EX here.

  (444) posted on 02.24.2011

The Optima also starts at a lower cost, and comes standard with a 200 HP version of the 2.4 L rather than the 198 HP, which is what the Sonata GLS & Limited have. The Optima also comes standard with alloys unless you get a manual - then you also lose out on cruise control.

  (780) posted on 03.16.2010

I say never loose hope till you’d come up with a brighter idea. If this will cheer you up, your a great car manufacturer.

  (780) posted on 03.14.2010

I heard another car manufacturing company have the same problem with Hyundai. But I have full confidence with Hyundai that they’ll pass this one.

  (512) posted on 03.2.2010

Well, compared to that of Honda and Toyota’s reason for recall, the Hyundai car’s problems are not that bad at all. I mean on failure time, it wouldn’t be as fatal as not being able to slow down or debris from Airbag deployment hitting your face.

  (780) posted on 02.28.2010

That was really bad news for Hyundai. It will affect their status for sure. Maybe next time they are going to be more careful on developing their car’s.

  (780) posted on 02.28.2010

good thing that there are only few unit to be recalled. and good thing that they move fast unlike the toyota motors.

  (1023) posted on 02.25.2010

Ouch.. that was a bad move from hyundai, but at least they act fast unlike the toyota

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