Hyundai (Finally) Recalls Sonatas Over Engine Debris Issues

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
hyundai finally recalls sonatas over engine debris issues

Hyundai, looking down the barrel of a class-action lawsuit, has finally agreed to recall 2011 and 2012 model year Sonatas for engine issues resulting from metallic debris.

According to Automotive News, the issue affects Sonatas equipped with both naturally aspirated 2.4-liter and turbocharged 2.0-liter engines due to debris not being properly removed from crankshafts when they were manufactured.

Hyundai will also extend powertrain warranties on the engine sub-assembly for affected models.

The recall states:

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the engine assembly, as necessary, free of charge. Additionally, Hyundai Motor America will increase the warranty for the engine sub-assembly (short block) to 10 years/120,000 miles for both original and subsequent owners of 2011 and 2012 Sonatas manufactured at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama equipped with 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter Gasoline Direct injection engines. An interim notification will be mailed by November 2, 2015. A second notification will be mailed when parts are available.

Your move, General Motors.

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  • Buckshot Buckshot on Sep 25, 2015

    Hyundai has the worst customer support of any brand. They let the customer pay for everything, even if the car is under warranty.

    • SC5door SC5door on Sep 25, 2015

      Could this be that there's a huge misunderstanding that the warranty is NOT 10 years 100,000 miles bumper to bumper? Probably. I've known a few people that claim they bought a new Hyundai with a 10 year bumper to bumper warranty AT NOT COST to them. Either the dealer was shady in their explanation or people honestly can't read. Our 2012 Soul has had 2 claims so far. 1. Backup camera became cloudy at 44K. The dealer replaced under warranty--no charge. 2. Drivers seat felt loose at 50K. Dealer replaced the seat under warranty at no cost. Any other manufacturer would have charged for a new camera and seat at this mileage. Could it be that the dealer is "being good" to us? Probably not---we didn't buy any cars from them, but we do have them serviced there. They're rated fairly well but they've messed up once or twice---one being on a recall where the tech damaged the B pillar trim on the driver and passenger side, and the other where they scratched a wheel when doing a rotation and balance. I will say that I've never before had a manufacturer that will send you an email asking for feedback on the car. Squeaks, rattles, other issues---report them on that survey. Every single time I get service done I get a corporate survey asking on how was my experience. Any red flags get sent to the service manager to make it right with the customer----I know first hand as I complained and the dealer made things right. I don't disagree there are some pretty lousy dealers out there as I've owned Hondas, Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hyundai and find one that works the best. I buy from who can give the best deal and have them serviced elsewhere.

  • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Sep 26, 2015

    If this were a General Motors issue, GM would deny, deny, deny...delay, delay, delay. That's the GM Way. These owners of affected Hyundai vehicles are fortunate that they chose Hyundai rather than General Motors. As Jack Baruth so efficiently and correctly stated in his review of the new, 2015 Sonata: " It doesn’t need to be said, but in this respect the Malibu isn’t even a competitor — which is perhaps why the press materials accidentally showed the previous-gen Malibu. HYUNDAI'S LONG PAST HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT FIGHTING GENERAL MOTORS."

    • Gmrn Gmrn on Sep 27, 2015

      My wife and I traded her 2011 Sonata (bought new) last December on a 2015 Oddy. The Sonata was bought new, dealer serviced, and about a 70/30 mix of highway/city miles. We traded it after the aftermarket warranty (which I thought a waste of money when she bought in the F&I department during the initial purchase) replaced the entire short block. The reason for the replacement? It stalled on the way to the grocery store in November. It would not crank when requested to restart. Towed to dealer. According to the dealer receipts, the Hyundai rep said it was due to a “low oil condition” which I contest to be untrue. The car was dealer serviced for most of its life with us, with receipts and CARFAX to support. DW, big fan! I think most folks get your message. Mission accomplished. Fo shizzle my DWizzle! But. Most likely, somewhere, there is an up-and-coming lil’ DW waiting to catch a break and be discovered for his/her/xe mad hate of Hyundai. Don’t CB them with your anti-GM riffs here. Less likely, maybe there are some folks that are about to drop some scratch on a H/K and might like to know about, well, this pesky engine failing thingee. Curiously, the new short block did ~not~ show on the CARFAX at trade in. It still hasn’t.

  • Calypso Calypso on Dec 31, 2015

    First, for people like me, who do not put a lot of miles on a car per year, the change of warranty to 120,000 (an additional 20,000) because of the potential engine problem, but with no additional years on the warranty, isn't much compensation, especially if I decide to sell the car. The 2011 model will soon be five years old. Second, although I received a notice about the potential problem, Hyundai said they had not come up with a solution, and I never received notice that I should take the car in to be inspected. My car has been in for maintenance in recent months and not a word from the dealer about this inspection. So, back to the shop I go—or perhaps I'll wait until I can have the protective sleeves installed on the coil springs at the same time. That said, so far Hyundai has been pretty good about recalls, at least, compared to VW. All of my Jettas had head gaskets replaced with fewer than 10,000 miles on their engines. I don't remember receiving a recall notice. Lucikly, the repairs were covered by warrant. With my Wolfsburg, I had to replace the pricey BSI alloy wheels because of a flaking problem that made it impossible to create proper seals with my tires (thus, air leakage and repeated flat tires). VW repeatedly denied that there was a problem, adding that if there were, it was up to BSI to fix it. Unfortunately, owners did not file a class action. We should have. Then again, if I had experienced one of the problems related to the recalls, my impression might differ.

  • Skeletor.x Skeletor.x on Apr 14, 2016

    What they are doing now when they test them if it fails then they add an extra 1/2 quart of oil and put in a new dipstick with a higher full line for the extra oil