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Hyundai Subframe Corrosion Class Action Settlement
By Matt O’Donnell

HyundaiHyundai has reached a class action lawsuit settlement over subframe corrosion in some of its vehicles. If you currently own or lease one of the following Hyundai vehicles in the United States, you may be able to receive a free inspection, repair or reimbursement from the Hyundai settlement:


2001-2003 Hyundai Elantra made from June 30, 2000 to May 26, 2003

2001-2003 Hyundai Santa Fe made from March 31, 2000 to June 3, 2003

1999-2004 Hyundai Sonata made from September 15, 1998 to November 20, 2003

2003 Hyundai Tiburon made from October 26, 2001 to May 27, 2003

2001-2004 Hyundai XG300/XG350 made from July 13, 2000 to November 20, 2003


The Hyundai class action lawsuit settlement will resolve claims that certain Hyundai vehicles suffered from severe corrosion on their front subframes and certain other suspension parts. The class action lawsuit claimed that the corrosion could cause the subframe or suspension components to fail, possibly leading to suspension failure, wheels falling off, loss of vehicle control and vehicle disablement.


While this lawsuit was going on, Hyundai started a recall and reimbursement program for these vehicles in states where large quantities of salt are used to de-ice roads during the winter months. The plaintiffs in the case, entitled Nicholas Cirulli and Robert D’Elia v. Hyundai Motor Company and Hyundai Motor America, believed Hyundai’s plan was insufficient.


The Hyundai salt corrosion class action settlement will provide certain inspection and repair or replacement services, free of charge, to certain owners and lessees for possible corrosion of certain suspension components, such as front subframes, front lower control arms and rear trailing arms. The class action settlement will also reimburse owners and lessees who paid expenses in the past for replacement of specified parts due to corrosion as long as these expenses have not already been paid by Hyundai.  


To participate in the free inspection or repair program under the Hyundai corrosion settlement, you must pre-authorize the inspection via either the settlement website ( or by calling (877) 277-0012. If the court approves the settlement in April, Hyundai will begin permitting pre-authorized inspections in May 2011.


If you wish to obtain reimbursement for repairs you previously performed on your vehicle relating to the corrosion problem, you must mail your proof of repair and payment receipt along with a “model reimbursement form” found on the settlement website.


For more information about your rights in the Hyundai Salt Corrosion Class Action Lawsuit Settlement, including more details on how to determine if your car is eligible, go to


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Updated February 23rd, 2010


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  • Anonymous August 8, 2011

    Hyundai Subframe Corrosion Class Action Settlement
    My 2001 Hyundai Sonata GLS subframe is rusted out and is totally out of alignment and has ruined 2 new tires. It is structually unsafe and Hyundai is giving me the run around about fixing it.

  • Anonymous January 4, 2012

    Large pieces of rusted metal falling off areas of underside particularly in rear section and especially behind rear bumper.

  • Anonymous March 2, 2012

    I took my 2003 in for the salt corrosion on the subframe trailing arms. The one was changed but they said they couldn’t get the other one off. Now what can I do?

  • Anonymous October 19, 2012

    i replaced the control arms due to the recall, but now in 2012 after this lawsuit, my rear subframe has rusted out and basically detached. I called Hyundai and they said there is not a recall for the car. do i just junk it? Obviously there was a problem with this car.

  • Anonymous November 13, 2012

    I am now having rear subframe corrosion problems with my 2006 Sonata causing problems with the control arm. This makes the car unsafe to drive. Hyundai says “We are contacting you regarding the subframe corrosion concern on your 2006 Sonata.

    We have completed the research into your concern. We appreciate your patience during this process. We contacted the Service Manager, … stated that there was no way to determine the cause of the corrosion. He also stated that he had contacted the District Parts and Service Manager (DPSM), who manages the service departments of all of the dealerships in the region. The DPSM is the one who had authorized the offer of $500 towards the repair of the vehicle. This is the most that we can offer to you for the repair of your vehicle, as the DPSM’s decision is final.”

    Therefore, I have a 6 year old piece of junk, that is unsafe to drive, unless I wish to spend between $1350 and $2400, (the quote to repair), Then how long will it remain safe?

  • bob June 12, 2013

    with problems like these I would take the dealer you bought the car from to small claims court. it is quick and cheap. you would probably win

  • RMT October 30, 2013

    Well, I just found out my 2005 Sonata has, as stated by the manager, a rotted thru front sub-frame and this is a safety issue…nice, and my year isn’t listed on this lawsuit either which i am just seeing for the first time. Fabulous.

  • lee December 19, 2013

    What do you do once your car is said to be unsafe do drive by Hyundai and they want to buy you out? I don’t want cash I want a car. How do you come up with a price?

  • j zawacki December 30, 2013

    Ihavea2000Hyundai Electra the lower right control arm bracket rotted out from salt corrosion checked class action suit says if car was manufactured between june30 2000to jan2003 it is covered model 2001 mine was made July 11 2000 Hyundai is giving me a hard time saying my car isn’t covered . my car was made after the 2001s were being made. it’s rotted out in the same spot as the newer body stile and they still insist their not liable now I’m stuck without a car unsafe and they won’t do anything to help me isn’t there something that can be done my car was made after the newer ones started to be made what does it matter what body stile it is its made in the same factory they probably used the same crap scraps for mine as they used for the newer version. I’d didn’t think Hyundai was such a pisspoor company I guess I was wrong. There are very rude at their customer service call center also! !!!!

  • Fred Honeycutt September 12, 2014

    I bought the car not knowing about this problem , I looked under the right side and under the drain from the AC drops to the frame I saw from under the frame a rust hole starting to come through it’s about the size of a golf ball or bigger .
    The owner told me he had brakes oiled and all changed and never told me about that, I had found a receipt in the back panel of the drivers seat it was from a shop that did the work and in the remarks section they told him and wrote it on the paper I have he forgot was in the car stated sever subframe damage.

    I looked at the date it was month before I bought it from him he told me it was a good car which it is but I think he should told me about that I just now had found the receipt.

    What can I do if any .


  • Fred Honeycutt September 12, 2014

    I live in Tennessee

    If this helps

  • Joe Edmondson March 31, 2015

    I bought a 2000 Sonata earlier this year and just today the left lower control arm pulled completely out of the rusted frame while my daughter was driving it. Luckily she was slowing down to turn and was going very slow when this happened. I love my Hyundai cars, I have a 2012 Elantra Touring, 2006 Tiburon GT and bought the 2000 Sonata for daughter to drive. Guess I should have had better inspection before buying, but was hoping there was still a possibility of some sort of assistance from Hyundai in repairing. Are there still any ongoing claims with Hyundai on this issue?

  • Joe Edmondson March 31, 2015

    Live in Nashville Tennessee

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