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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Hyundai

What’s most likely to break in a Hyundai? We’ve got the most common problems, which vehicles they affect, and how long until it happens to you. We even have recommendations on specific generations to avoid.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)


Panomramic Sunroof Rattles and Explodes

Hyundai’s panoramic sunroofs have a tendency to explode under normal driving conditions, but they’re far from alone. What’s causing these giant sheets of glass to shatter without being hit? And what’s being done to prevent it from happening in the future?

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Seat Belts Detatching During a Crash

Cars these days have airbags, sensors, crumple zones, tempered glass, and other safety features. But the OG, and arguably the most important, safety feature is the seat belt. Only trouble is, Hyundai’s seem to be detatching from the body of the car during crashes.

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Soy Wiring Gets Chewed Up by Rodents

The wiring in cars used to be coated in a petroleum-based plastic, but recently automakers, including Hyundai, have switched to a soy-based material. The soy is biodegradable and helps keep plastic out of the landfill (yay!). Unfortunately it also attracts rodents (boo!).

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The Most Recalled Models

Hyundai generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Hyundai News

Is Hyundai Falling Behind in AEB Technology?

Hyundai, along with 19 other manufacturers, has agreed to a voluntary program to equip all new passenger vehicles with automated emergency braking (AEB) technology by September 1, 2020.

AEB was found to reduce rear-end crashes by 39% during research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Automatic emergency braking uses a combination of radar, lidar (reflected laser light) and cameras for a forward collision warning system that gives a driver audio or visual warnings that a forward collision is near.

Hyundai, however, has a long way to go to live up to their promise. In reviewing the 2017 model year lineup, only 9% of Hyundai’s passenger vehicles have AEB as standard equipment. Compare that to Honda (30%), Toyota (56%), and Volvo (68%).

Although the government talks in terms of automakers making progress, auto safety advocates say leaving important lifesaving technology to “voluntary agreements” is proof the automakers control NHTSA, the agency tasked with protecting the safety of vehicles and occupants.

Three consumer advocacy organizations have petitioned NHTSA to mandate and enforce the AEB implementation, rather than leaving it up to the automakers to decide when and how to implement the technology.

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Projectile Airbag Diffusers in the 2018 Santa Fe Sport

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport already has an airbag recall.

The side curtain airbag probably won’t deploy properly to be able to protect an occupant. In addition, Hyundai says it can’t guarantee the detached diffuser will remain in the airbag, and if it doesn’t, occupants could be harmed by the projectile.

This is the same problem affecting Kia and Ford vehicles. The affected SUVs were built between 09/05/17 and 11/30/17.

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Last Year's Elantra Brake Pedal Stop Pad Recall Has Been Explanded

A previous brake switch recall has been expanded to include over 390,000 Elantras from the 2013 and 2014 model years.

Hyundai noticed an increased warranty claim rate for Elantras that weren’t included in the 2016 recall. Brake pedal stopper pads were collected from the vehicles that were built between 2012 and 2014.

The brake pedal stopper pad sits between the brake light switch and the brake pedal arm. Hyundai issued a recall last year after discovering the stopper pad was deteriorating, allowing the brake lights to stay on even when the pedal wasn’t being pressed.

Turns out that recall didn’t reach far enough.

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