really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,178 miles

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problem #7

Jun 082013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 24,206 miles
The vehicle needed rear brake pads and cutting of the rear rotors at 24,000 miles. No matter what your driving habits are or type of driving you do (highway vs. Around town} that is way to early for rear brakes to need replacing. I have checked with various dealers and they all agree that is not normal. Now there is also burning smell that occurs periodically coming from the rear of the car. I brought it to the dealer where I purchased it, hackettstown Hyundai, and they made me wait a week for an appointment and then looked it over quickly and said they smell nothing and see no problem. They were rude and you could tell they wanted nothing to do with the problem. I mentioned there is a class action lawsuit due to premature rear brake wear but they knew nothing and could care less. It seems someone is going to have to be involved in a fatal accident for Hyundai to care. Lets get together and makes them correct the problem before its to late.

- Long Valley, NJ, USA

problem #6

Mar 112012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 16,794 miles
I had to replace the rear brake pads on my 2010 Sonata at 16,794 miles on both sides. I had to replace the rear pads and rotors on both sides at 23,156 miles. I had to replace the right rear brake line, pad, rotor and caliper at 25,854 miles. There has been no issues on front brakes, however, I have had to service my rear brakes 3 times. I bought this vehicle brand new from my local Hyundai dealer and it had 4 miles on it. I have spent $768.80 on my rear brakes since I have bought this vehicle in February of 2010. There is clearly a problem with the brake components on this car. The rear brakes should not wear out before the front brakes, and especially a vehicle that has 16,000 miles on it.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 052013


  • 64,000 miles
Back rear brake sounded like it was grinding and brake pedal very soft. Took for repair while out of state. They replace all 4 break pads and rotors. Next day I went back and complained that I smelled a burning smell and was told that was normal. On July 8 heard grinding sound which was severe on right rear brake. Repair shop owner said the caliper right rear seized and destroyed brakes. All rotors and pads on rear needed to be replaced. The repair shop showed me the pad and rotor from the right rear brake and I saw that there was nothing left of a pad and could plainly see how the meal on both the pad and rotor were ground. I believe that I previously had the brakes repaired but can't remember the specifics.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #4

Apr 092013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, she applied the brakes but the vehicle did not decelerate. Teh contact applied extreme force to the brakes and the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard before the vehicle began to decelerate. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the calipers and brakes would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 132013


  • 52,000 miles
Caliper right rear seized and destroyed brakes. All rotors and pads needed to be replaced, front and rear due to premature wear. All tires worn as well and need replacement. Mechanic said caliper should not have done this at this mileage. Common issue reading online reports and a class action suit in NY has been filed. Safety issue.

- Westerly, RI, USA

problem #2

Dec 012012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The drivers side rear brakes are burning through brake pads. The calipers are working smoothly but for unknown reason they are sticking. The front bakes are fine but the rear set has gone through 2 sets of brake pads in less than 10,000 miles.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 152013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
We had to replace the rear brake pads in June 2012 and now in January 2013 having an issue with the rear diver side pad sticking. The front pads were still in good condition. These are Hyundai oem brakes. I have been reading numerous complaints about rear brake issues on Hyundai vehicles. I have also read that there is a class action law suite in New York over this same issue. I wanted to make a report and possibly find out if there are any plans for an investigation. Hyundai does not seem to have any plans to recall since the issue seems to have existed since 2006. This is far from normal wear and tear and at the cost of the purposed (by Hyundai service) periodic removal, cleaning, and lubing of the brake pads I cannot see this a non issue. That is not to mention the danger of possible brake failure.

- Burlington, KY, USA