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Recall: 883,000 Hyundai Sonata sedans for shifter failures

Faulty transmission shift cables could cause 2011-14 models to roll away or stay stuck in park.

By Exhaust Notes Jul 30, 2014 6:29AM
Hyundai is recalling 883,000 cars in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to fix transmissions that can let the car roll away when parked, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2011-2014 Sonata has a transmission shift cable that can separate from the gear selector and may cause the actual gear to be different from the gear selected by the driver. For example, the vehicle may not be in park and could roll away -- even if the gear selector is in the park position. Also, the car may not be able to restart if the car shuts down in a drive gear and cannot be shifted out of park, despite the gear selector being able to move.

Hyundai said the shift cable eyelet on the affected cars could be too wide and the cable tab that's attached to it could be too narrow, hence a possibility that the two can separate. The automaker said it has received 1,171 warranty claims and seven owner complaints. Repairs will start in the third quarter and the automaker will reimburse any owners who had the problem fixed before the recall.

In May, Hyundai recalled 137,500 Tucson SUVs for airbag components that could come loose from their mountings. In April 2013, the 2011 Sonata was included in a recall of 1.9 million cars for brake light problems, that among other things, could affect the shift-lock system and prevent the shifter from moving out of park.

[Source: NHTSA]
83Comments
Jul 30, 2014 7:59AM
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I am a service advisor and have work for GM and Hyundai.  I own a Hyundai for one fact. All cars have Problems and all have recalls. Hyundai's problems are a lot less expensive than most other car manufactures.  And the warranty is twice as long. People just have to complain about everything.  Cars are man made. Just like you may make the same brownies 100 times but the next one may not be perfect. That's just the same way as cars. 
Jul 30, 2014 8:39AM
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I've owned three Hyundai Sonatas; two of them Hybrids. I love my 2014 Sonata. It drives wonderfully, very quiet interior, beautiful appearance. I get compliments on the car at least once a day. My 2011 hybrid did have some issues, but Hyundai fixed them immediately. I will continue to buy Hyundai.
Jul 30, 2014 7:45AM
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Geez....all because people are too stupid to use the emergency brake....aka Parking Brake! Now for all the "Buy GM" or "Buy Ford" / Foreign Car Bad rednecks. The difference as I see it, is how willing is the company to do the recall, and fix the cars quickly, efficiently and painlessly (to the owner). Toyota killed themselves a couple years ago by their unwillingness to acknowledge a problem. Watch Hyundai; they will get this recall DONE quickly, quietly and efficiently. THAT is why I would rather buy a Hyundai (or KIA) than any Toyota or Nissan....or GM or Ford, for that matter.
Jul 30, 2014 8:42AM
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Why isn't this front page news in big bold letters?  If this was GM, the media would be crucifying them.
Jul 30, 2014 7:48AM
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I love my Sonata,  I had two new Chevys, both lemons off the showroom,  65k miles on this one, never been in the shop, drives like new, 40MPG hwy !   Gearshift lever sometimes goes blank, but, duhhhhh, doesn't take a genius to know when a car is in drive or in park !   Was not going to worry about it, but nice to say they'll fix it for me. 
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Hope they can get the part I been waiting on a visor for 5 months and still don't have it Hyundai has a problem with getting the right parts!

Jul 30, 2014 8:49AM
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I have the Elantra.  The car has never given me any major problems.  However, I have found that the car creeps forward even when I have my foot on the brake.  Usually no problem, I just stomp on the brake harder but it did cause me to bump into another car once.  Unfortunately the car bumped had a trailer hitch.  I now have a little ventilation in my front bumper. 

 

I wonder when they'll realize that it's not just a Sonata issue.

Jul 30, 2014 7:41AM
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I have a 2014 Tucson and have had to get it worked on twice. The first was when the gear shifter would not go into park. We had to wait a couple days before they could look at it, meanwhile leaving the key in the ignition and using the parking break to keep it from rolling. That ended up being some sort of cable the dealer said was put in wrong at the factory. There was also a recall for the driver's side airbag due to a possible loose nut (on the car not at the factory where it was made). I love driving it as it is very smooth and currently getting over 30 mpg (mostly highway driving) average. I still like my Tuscon.
Aug 1, 2014 5:16PM
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Hey frothyass........where are you now after recently beating the drums on your japanese/korean bandwagon using the megaphone how criminal and deadly it was for some Domestics that had a roll-away problem? Uh huh. Yeah, wasn't it GM, you know the one you want to bury and wish would go belly up? You pathetic hypocrite.

Aug 1, 2014 11:34AM
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Park...is a common last name in South Korea ; )
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