Door Latch Problems of Hyundai Sonata



Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 30 problems related to door latch (under the latches/locks/linkage category).

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the rear passenger side door failed to lock. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear passenger side door latch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 09/25/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that all four door handles became fractured and separated from the doors. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,526.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the exterior rear driver side door handle fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 80,000.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 03/13/2014

Cpsc:i1430249a. 2010 Hyundai Sonata. Consumer stated the internals of the door handles on the car are made of a brittle, inferior plastic instead of metal. The consumer stated the door handles could easily break off, leaving the occupants in the vehicle trapped, in the event of an emergency. Two of the door handles broke off in one day, on the consumers vehicle.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 10/07/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact attempted to open the driver's side rear door when the exterior door handle fractured in half. The contact also mentioned that the passenger's side door handle became completely detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,700. Updated 11/05/lj updated 11/08/2013 updated 11/13/lj.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 07/19/2012

The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the interior door handle on the front driver's side fractured. The contact sustained a laceration to the left hand as a result of the failure. The contact did not seek medical treatment for the injury however. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or repair shop. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and provided no assistance. The current and the failure mileage was 36,500.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 03/07/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while attempting to open the passenger side door, the door handle completely fractured. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where he was advised that because the door handle was designed from plastic, the cold weather would cause the plastic to break. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 03/16/2010

2011 Hyundai Sonata: I had heard about the door latch recall on my new Sonata via news reports. I purchased this Sonata on Feb 16th,2010. So,I called and the dealer(st. Augustine Hyundai)said I wasn't included in the door latch recall. The dealer said there was 2 bulletins on my Sonata anyhow. #1,the ignition wire needs rerouting or it could become afraid. #2,the ecm computer needed re-programming at that time with an explanation that some new software from Hyundai when it arrived to the dealer,they would check the parameters of the ecm computer program. Now,I haven't to this date received any information regarding any of these 3 issues with my new 2011 Sonata from anyone in the mail? on 3/16/2010 yesterday I received a call from Hyundai USA corporation. The man said my car" is" affected now by the door latch recall. I didn't ask him about the other 2 bulletins mentioned by the dealer nor did he mention them to me. He said I would receive a letter about the door latch recall soon. But nothing again about the other 2 issues? I have been on hold for 45 mins once today and 35 mins yesterday and just hung up because its been too difficult getting anyone at Hyundai,the press(or speak) recall option to route ones call on phone or dept said its having high call volume due to recent recalls. I called st. Augustine Hyundai back yesterday and spoke to service manager and he said it's showing now about the door latch and the other 2 issues still exist like he told be weeks back already on the phone. I asked what needs reprogrammed with the ecm computer. He asked me to hold,came back and said if that isn't tended too. The engine could stall or the car might suddenly be able to go no faster then 20mph. This sounds unsafe and I haven't received any letter official from Hyundai corporation. If I'm driving and my car stalls or I'm on the freeway and the car drops from 70mph to 20mph without my desire to do so is unsafe?they supposedly spent 4 years developing the vehicle.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2003 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 12/01/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. He received recall 09v171000 pertaining to rust on the frame. He was not satisfied with the method used to correct the recall repair. He stated that the manufacturer placed stickers on the door handle and that they were unfolding due to the temperature in his state. He also stated that since the stickers were metallic, they could possibly cut you if handled incorrectly. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were willing to assist any further and advised the contact to simply remove the stickers. The contact was not satisfied with their response. There were no failures at this time. The current mileage was 47,782.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2003 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 08/05/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. During a routine oil change the dealer repaired recall #09v171000, component: latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch Hyundai recall# 093. The repair consisted of placing a plastic cover on the door handle. The mileage was 42,193.


 
car image   Door Latch problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 03/14/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. The vehicle was parked when the contact observed the interior front driver chrome door handle exhibited a cracking and separation. There was a sharp edge on the chrome plate surface. The driver injured a finger on the defective door handle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 09v171000. The contact experienced the identical failures as mentioned in the recall defect. However, the VIN was excluded from the recall. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 124,000. Js.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2004 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 02/06/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. In February 2009, the top edge of the interior door handle developed cracks. As a consequence she injured herself while opening the door. She took the vehicle to the dealership to be inspected and was told that the part for the repair would cost $70. 00. The vehicle had not been repaired to-date. Her model year was excluded from recall# 09v171000 & 09v317000 (latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch). The current mileage was approximately 36,000. The failure mileage was approximately 34,000.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2004 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 01/13/2008

I have a 2004 Hyundai Sonata - same problem as with the 2002-2003 listed below - this should not have been closed. Recall campaign 09v171000 has 1 related investigation(s) NHTSA action number: pe08071 vehicle make / model: model year(s): Hyundai / Sonata 2002 manufacturer: Hyundai motor company component: latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch date investigation opened: December 15, 2008 date investigation closed: may 29, 2009 summary: the manufacturer has issued a safety recall notification as a result of this investigation. The recall affects 91,202 my 2002-2003 subject vehicles produced from January 28, 2002, through March 22, 2003. The vehicle recall population was defined by the manufacturer's use of a new supplier for the chrome plating process beginning in January 2002, and a production change in March 2003 to improve adhesion of the plating to the door handle. Vehicles being recalled represent 59 percent of the total my 2002-2003 production, but account for 91 percent of the consumer complaints received. The process change for my 2002 vehicles resulted in a dramatic increase in complaints (1200 percent on a per unit rate basis). My 2003 vehicles built after March 2003 production change showed a similar decline in the complaint rate. Based on the manufacturer's action, this investigation has been closed.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 05/19/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. The vehicle was parked when the contact observed that the front passenger and rear driver side interior door handles were defective. The chrome handles exhibited excessive cracks, peeling and sharp edges as a result of continuous use. The contact received a recall notification letter, NHTSA campaign id number 09v171000 (latches/locks/linkages;doors;latch). An authorized dealer performed the recall repairs. The front passenger and rear driver side door handles were replaced. The other two door handles were not defective and the technician affixed chrome tape on the handles, possibly to avoid the consequence. The contact was displeased with the tape remedy. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 54,000. Updated 9/23/09 updated 09/28/09.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 01/20/2007

The metallic tape finish on the passenger door handle is peeling off, creating sharp edges. This has resulted in several cuts to hand as it slides over the razor sharp edge when opening the door.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 11/22/2006

Passenger inside door handle peeling and leaving jagged edges that cut the hands. Two people have suffered cuts from this door handle.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 10/12/2006

: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the front passenger side airbag light intermittently illuminated indicating the passenger side airbag was inoperative. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who duplicated the problem, but was unable to determine the exact cause of the air bag light illumination. The problem persisted, and the manufacturer was alerted. The drivers side door didn't lock automatically. Updated 11/21/06.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2003 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 08/13/2006

2003 Hyundai Sonata 4 door sedan. Chrome is peeling from metal interior door handles at random such that passenger or driver will grasp handle to open door and several lacerations to hands and fingers will result. Lacerations are deep enough to release blood. I was a driver and passenger on separate occasions in same vehicle and cut right and left hands on both interior door handles. Upon first encountering peeling chrome on drivers side handle, the vehicle was returned to Hyundai dealership at 3675 sheridan drive amherst, new york (716) 835-8500. Said dealership replaced the driver side handle but did not replace any others. Subsequently, when opening the passenger side door on August 13, 2006, I cut my right hand in several locations resulting in a release of blood. My wife had also cut her hand on the driver side handle. Apparently Hyundai is aware of this issue which is a safety related manufacturing defect resulting from a defective plating / cleaning process prior to plating. Hyundai however, has not issued a voluntary recall of all vehicles for this reason. Plating defects such as this are process related and will be present in thousands of vehicles assembled. I am a experienced quality engineer and director and am knowledgeable of the plating process. . Read more...

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 04/21/2005

The passenger window would not roll up, it got stuck in the middle of a rain storm. The passenger door will not open from the inside and the windshield wipers stopped working as well and replacing the fuse did not solve the problem.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2003 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 03/07/2005

The contact owns a 2003 hyundia Sonata. The vehicle was parked when the contact observed that the interior front driver and passenger chrome door handle exhibited a crack and began to separate. There was also a sharp edge on the chrome plate surface. A passenger in the front seat sustained an injury to a finger on the defective door handle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The vehicle was repaired under the NHTSA campaign id number 09v171000 (latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch). The recall remedy was insufficient and did not address the recall defect. The contact had concerns of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 30,000. The current mileage was 96,000.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1997 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 03/06/2005

The power locks are defective, when placing the key into the lock the passenger lock would not open, when the consumer was inside the vehicle ,the locking device would not lift.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 01/08/2005

The drivers side door latch broke. Caller had to roll down the window to get the door opened. For about 6 months the handle had a hairline crack in it, and now the handle had 4 cracks. It is not strong enough to open the latch. Dealer and manufacturerr have not been contacted yet. Also caller had to replace all 4 of the window rollwers.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 12/08/2004

Follow up to complaint #10102430, pasenger door will not open from inside/outside, after removing inside door panel fished out a broken spring rusted through, was able to repair with $. 50 spring from local hardware store, checked drivers side and found same spring about to rust through, if Hyundai used stainless spring would have prevented problem, fell sorry for that person trying to seek medical help at a emergency room entrance when door won,t open, transmission also goes out of gear when after slowing for ez pass then slams into gear.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 12/08/2004

After closing passenger door it will not reopen, inside door handle appears not to engage linkage, passenger would not be able to exit vehicle in a emergency, other similar complaints on file with ntsb.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2003 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 07/23/2004

My car door caught on fire while I was driving. The insurance adjuster and the body repair technician both concluded after investigation that the fire appeared to be caused by a faulty door actuator. The dealer refused to correct the problem or even acknowledge or investigate the conclusions. I had to repair the problem out of my pocket. Nothing has been done to correct the failure by the dealer.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Hyundai Sonata 26
Failure Date: 04/24/2004

There are many things that have occurred to my Hyundai Sonata 98 since I got the car as of September 2003. I've had to pay over $700. 00 in transmission replacement costs, and fuel injection systems that had previously been fixed at the dealership while warranted (bob ciasulli Hyundai). In addition, the driver's side plastic door handle is no longer working which was supposedly fixed by the "dealer service station". Later I found out there has been a recall on most Hyundai 98 Sonata models for the plastic door latch. I am unable to get out of the driver's side. A safety hazard. And even more frustrated and tired of dealing with bob ciasulli's dealership.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 27
Failure Date: 02/20/2004

Both front doors inside handles have chrome plating peeling at seam. This presents a hazard because the seam is at the top portion of the handle and cut my wife's finger.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Hyundai Sonata 28
Failure Date: 06/15/2003

Same as odi id number: 1003666 . Front doors do not unlock from inside or outside and must crawl through back seat to get in to the front seat. Passenger side door stuck first and passenger had to get out the window. Two weeks later drivers side stuck. Two weeks later parking lights were left on at work and doors were locked. . . Battery died . . . Door locks are electric. . . Front door key only unlocks back doors if you have a good battery! couldn't get in car to open hood to jump battery. . . Had to leave car at work for days trying to get hood open with stiff wire and finally was successful when thick enough wire was used. Don't dare to lock car up again. . . I still find it locked up many times a week. Must be self-locking. Dealer told me this is a safety hazard and will not pass inspection. Dealer told me parts are about $100 for each door and $200 labor for each door to cut through the interior panel to get access to open them so they can work on them. That's a $600 fix that can happen over and over again because manufacturer used cheap plastic parts in the locks when they shouldn't have.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 29
Failure Date: 07/29/2002

Single vehicle rollover; drivers' door unlatched and came open during the rollover.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1996 Hyundai Sonata 30

Door lock would keep locking on its own. When either in or out of vehicle locks would either keep driver/passenger in/or locked out. Had door locks repaired 5 times, but problem keeps reappearing. Mechanic indicated to bring it in when it happens, but it's not resolved. Dealer urged consumer to take vehicle to another dealership for repairs.

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Other Common Latches/locks/linkage related problems of Hyundai Sonata

Problem Category Number of Problems
Latches/locks/linkage problems
40
Door Latch problems
30
Hood Latch problems
4
Trunk Lid Lock problems
1