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I just bought a second hand hyundai getz 2004 1.6 and when the hot sun is too hot it makes the handle of the inner door sticky coz of melting..How to prevent it and does anyone know whr got sell the chrome 1 or original.I am kl malaysia
 

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QUOTE (keyoshi @ Aug 4 2010, 08:21 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347026
I just bought a second hand hyundai getz 2004 1.6 and when the hot sun is too hot it makes the handle of the inner door sticky coz of melting..How to prevent it and does anyone know whr got sell the chrome 1 or original.I am kl malaysia
Hi! I'm also from Malaysia and I own a Hyundai Getz 1.3 from 2004 Dec, first hand owner. It was a fully imported one from Korea, and I suppose yours is too.

I have been having this same problem since few years back. The door handles (all 4) started to melt away around 4 years ago. Initially I thought it was due to oil from the mechanics who serviced my car but I later realized that they are actually the plastic melting away. I replaced all 4 handles around 2 years ago. But soon after that I realized all other plastic/vinyl interiors of my cars have also started to melt. The current status is such that the entire dashboard and the sideboards are sticky, with the middle portion that houses the radio player and aircon outlet melting away quite badly such that my nails get stained very easily (almost every day when I fiddle with the controls).

After the recent brouhaha about plasticizer contamination in air and dioxin (a carcinogen / cancer causing agent) released by plastics etc... I started to get very worried about the amount of toxic chemicals that could have been released into my car and henced being breathed in by me and my baby so I made a complaint to Hyundai customer service. They reluctantly sent 2 personnel over to take some photos of the affected parts and asked me some questions. The customer service officer then told me that she is agreeable that it's the quality and it cannot be due to any mishandling by me. But after taking more than a month to "investigate", they came back today saying that my claim is rejected and that the plastic melting was "probably" caused by the application of chemicals such as polisher on the vinyl surface without any scientific proof.

I am totally not satisfied with such a claim because I am a lady driver who knows nothing about car maintenance, much less to polish my car. I also own other cars before this and I have been handling my Getz the same way I did with other cars, same goes with my husband car but this never happened before. Even my 8 year old kancil prior to this car and my hubby's ex proton wira which was >10 yr old then and his current Honda Civic which is 5 year old do not have this problem!

To be honest, I do not wish to own this car any longer and am now looking at changing to another car because I am gravely concerned about my health and also the health of those around me. Who knows how much plasticizer or dioxin or whatever chemicals have I been breathing in in the last 6 over years!?
 

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Melting sticky interior door handle

Hi, I have a Hyundai Accent 2005 and live in Darwin, Australia and also have the same problem with the interior door handles being sticky and melting. The worst one I tried to open one day and the exterior handle broke and now I cannot open that door from the outside. When I try to open it from the inside, the black sticky door handle gets all over my hand and fingers. I know this is very toxic.
Also, most of the doors that are not opened every day are starting to stick to the bodywork. I've only had this car a few weeks and have applied NO CHEMICAL CLEANERS or anything else to it.
What is Hyundai going to do about this? Do a Google search and you'll find that it definitely is NOT RARE.
 

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Hi, I have a Hyundai Accent 2005 and live in Darwin, Australia and also have the same problem with the interior door handles being sticky and melting. The worst one I tried to open one day and the exterior handle broke and now I cannot open that door from the outside. When I try to open it from the inside, the black sticky door handle gets all over my hand and fingers. I know this is very toxic.
Also, most of the doors that are not opened every day are starting to stick to the bodywork. I've only had this car a few weeks and have applied NO CHEMICAL CLEANERS or anything else to it.
What is Hyundai going to do about this? Do a Google search and you'll find that it definitely is NOT RARE.

Door handles and some plastic parts "melting" in cars is not rare, but 99% of the time, the reason has been traced to "driver/passenger habits".

It may sound strange, but in 9 out of 10 cases of "melting handles and knobs", the car owners (or main users) were women. The chemical contamination of the plastics was in most cases, traced to hand lotions, perfumes and especially INSECT REPELLANTS. Also, any lotion with sunscreen protection can harm plastics too.

I suggest doing a little history analysis on your habits and try to find out if you are using hand or body lotions, insect repellants, sunscreen lotions or perfumes that may be damaging the plastics.
 

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Door handles and some plastic parts "melting" in cars is not rare, but 99% of the time, the reason has been traced to "driver/passenger habits".

It may sound strange, but in 9 out of 10 cases of "melting handles and knobs", the car owners (or main users) were women. The chemical contamination of the plastics was in most cases, traced to hand lotions, perfumes and especially INSECT REPELLANTS. Also, any lotion with sunscreen protection can harm plastics too.

I suggest doing a little history analysis on your habits and try to find out if you are using hand or body lotions, insect repellants, sunscreen lotions or perfumes that may be damaging the plastics.
My family own four Hyundai. Cars are a variety of ages and types. Except for the very newest all have this common universal problem of sticky plastics. It is a peculiarity of Hyundai and has nothing to do with driver habits and women's cosmetics. I have investigated it from a variety of sources. There is a clear plasticiser finish, like a clear top coat. To give it sheen and smoothness when new. Unfortunately when it breaks down it exposes an even worse stickier film underneath. My Sante Fe has been well garaged and protected all its life and it is still breaking down. I believe age is one significant factor. It always get progressively worse. Sun expose I consider is only a minor role. The bit that never get sun are as bad as any. It is uniform throught. There is degredation within the plastics. I believe the formulation is flawed. The chemical composition needs a stabiliser. Does anyone know if Hyundai have solved this issue with the newer models. Greg
 
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