The fifth time is not exactly the charm for certain Hyundai Sonata owners.
Hyundai recently recalled some 2016 Sonata Hybrid vehicles over a defect that the company says causes turn signals to malfunction. That marks the fifth time that the cars have been recalled in the five years since they started hitting the road, Jalopnik reports.
The latest recall covers nearly 470,000 vehicles impacted by a software glitch that Hyundai says may cause the wrong blinker to flash when signaling a turn or lane change. It comes less than a month after Hyundai said it needed to call back some 100,000 Sonata Hybrid and Tucson vehicles over a defect that could cause engines to stall or even catch fire.
Meanwhile, the company is still trying to fix a trunk latch issue that forced the recall of some 350,000 Sonata Hybrid vehicles in August. A pair of recalls in 2020 over engine stalling concerns and sunroofs that could fly off of cars in traffic round out the five open recalls on the 2016 Sonata Hybrid.
California Car Owners: Know Your Legal Rights
While Hyundai’s troubles with this particular model are scary for owners and embarrassing for the Korean auto manufacturer, they are unfortunately not all that uncommon.
The world’s largest automakers routinely recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles, citing a wide variety of defects that pose serious threats to drivers, passengers, and anyone else on the road. These problems are often not spotted until long after the cars leave the factory and are sold to unsuspecting buyers.
The good news for Hyundai and other car owners in California is that you do not have to wait around for a recall to take action. The state’s lemon law gives you some effective rights and options for making sure that manufacturers fix malfunctioning vehicles.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform a wide range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The lemon law also obligates those companies to buy back cars that they are unable or unwilling to properly fix. That includes compensating the owner for the vehicle’s purchase price and any financing costs, as well as other related expenses.
Although a car manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle, it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement. A seasoned California lemon law attorney can help you enforce your rights and weigh your options.
Discuss Your Legal Options With a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a malfunctioning Sonata or are locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over another defective vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help. An attorney at our firm will work tirelessly to ensure that the manufacturer is made accountable.