Is your Hyundai a lemon?

Hyundai lemon law buyback programs and specifications will vary state by state, so contacting an experienced lemon law attorney like Shainfeld is a first step to ensure you’re on the right legal path. With that said, understanding the essentials can help save you time in the early stages. Typically speaking, if your Hyundai was purchased or leased, it still falls under the manufacturer or dealership’s warranty, and there have been multiple repair attempts by the manufacturer to correct a recurring vehicle issue (but to no avail), your Hyundai may qualify for a lemon law buyback case. If you’ve given a licensed Hyundai dealer the chance to remedy any issue that either diminishes the value of the vehicle or poses an injury risk to the vehicle occupants, you’re in good shape for making a lemon law claim on your Hyundai.

Common Hyundai Defects

There are a variety of issues affecting different Hyundai models that can prompt a Hyundai lemon law claim. Whether you purchased or leased your Hyundai, models such as the Accent, Elantra, Entourage, Genesis, Veloster, Santa Fe, and Sonata can all be susceptible to mechanical issues, such as:

  • Engine malfunction (stalling, seizing, sputtering, etc.)
  • Cylinder issues affecting acceleration
  • Electronic component failure
  • Power steering complications
  • Transmission issues (grinding, unresponsive, noisiness, etc.)
  • Leaks (transmission fluid, oil, coolant, etc.)
  • Check engine light illumination

These problems can affect the performance of the vehicle and safety of the occupants, warranting a manufacturer response and possibly a lemon law claim for your Hyundai.

Hyundai Recalls

Recall notices are one avenue that car owners should be aware of when assessing their vehicle as a lemon. Recalls are acknowledgments by manufacturers that there was a mistake in the manufacturing process, which provides legal support for an individual pursuing a Hyundai lemon law case. Recently, Hyundai vehicles have been recalled for a variety of reasons. Over 400,000 2017 Santa Fe’s were recalled due to the hood latch not being secure; in 2019, Hyundai recalled 2011-2013 Tucson’s due to potential engine oil pan leakage. Recalls are regularly administered by vehicle manufacturers, and owners should stay as up-to-date as possible on their notices to give dealerships adequate and fair attempts to repair the issue. If you have any questions about how Hyundai recalls can affect the process, or whether or not your Hyundai qualifies as a lemon law case, reach out to Lemon Law Now for more information and guidance today.


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  • Please note that our firm only takes year models 2015 or newer.