really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,577 miles

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problem #9

Jul 292018

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 43,570 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 70 mph with the cruise control activated, the brakes malfunctioned. The contact swerved into the shoulder lane, turned off the cruise control, and engaged the emergency handbrake. The contact stated that the vehicle skidded and crashed into a light pole, and stopped in an embankment in a heavy brush wooded area. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard and deemed a total loss by the insurance company. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for determination of the failure. The manufacturer was contacted Hyundai motor America case #11488507. The failure mileage was 43,587. Updated 01/31/18

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #8

Mar 102017


  • 83,402 miles
I was driving down he road about 25 miles per hour and my bakes went out I was fortunate to be in slow moving area with little traffic. If I had been in the freeway it could have been fatal. Dealer showed me and explained that the manufacturer Hyundai had put a plastic cover over the brake line. After years of salt and winter weather the enclosure of this brake line was rusting away unknowingly. Moisture, wet and winter eliminates were trapped within this plastic cover causing the brake line to rust. The car is now 8 years old so it took 8 years for this to happen. I fear there are many cars in this situation and the drivers do not know what is about to happen. The brake line broke at the rusted area and the brake fluid leaked out causing the loss of my brakes. The dealer permanently removed the plastic cover and sealed the brake line. This cover should not be covering the brake line, the dealer stated that the manufacturers intentions were good, but this was not a good way to protect the bake line for those who live inclement winter weather. Not only was I at risk and this could have cause a fatal situation for others. This repair also cost me $400. Please do something this is not just about the money cost, but this was a terrifying situation. I was also very fortunate that there were no children in the car and I was moving slowly. Please help before someone is killed. I do not have the means to upload the invoice from the dealer, but will be happy to mail this to you.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 102015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was applied. Additionally, there was a progressing failure in which the gear would not shift out of park. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) but the manufacturer notified the dealer that another dealer in a different state completed the repair. The dealer replaced the stop lamp switch. The failure mileage was not available.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #6

Mar 212014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 81,420 miles
Driving car on wet roads at 45 mph, applied brakes to slow down for a street light and the ABS was gone. Car slid into the opposing lane and made a grinding noise due to the failure. Then the eps light came on and the power steering was gone. Close-call accident, very scary, and a lot of pain in my neck and arms from driving without the power steering.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #5

Mar 192014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
This has happened to me 2 times, upon driving the car it randomly accelerates all on its own. Its as if someone is putting the pedal to the metal and trying to brake at the same time.. slamming on the brakes only slows it down but not enough then I proceed to pull the emergency brake all the way which only assits a little.. so at this point I am at the complete mercy of a vechicle with a mind of its own.. im stuck driving a car that wont stop for 3 exits in the breakdown lane and 2 seconds away from calling the state police for assistance... putting it into neutral didnt stop it either it kept going!!! took it immediatly to the Hyundai dealership and after putting 100 miles on it to try and recreate the issue ( which thats a very dangerous issue to recreate ) it didnt occor for them so I was handed my keys and told to drive off in a possible death machine with a mind of its own. I take my car for the scheduled maitinece and do my part so Hyundai should not want thier loyal consumers driving such hazards.... ive read several simailar stories and people have had no luck in getting this matter resolved thier soulution was to get a new car... if only it was that easy.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #4

May 162013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 27,260 miles
Rear brake caliper problem! the rear's only have to be lubricated every 15K miles or annually. A manufacturing problem that should be listed on a recall problem to replaced with a redesign that does not require this lubraction. (please note: People and as myself do not know this, and do not do this. Therefore, the caliper becomes frozen, and the wheel is not braking when it should be. This is a safety hassard. The repair is a new caliper and disk. Conclusion: Other manufactures do not have this problem.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 282013


  • 46,543 miles
Traveling on interstate, using cruise control (as I had the day previously and for approx 150 miles this day) attempted to stop vehicle due to vehicles slowing down in front of me. Could not get out of cruise control - in fact, the vehicle accelerated -- and brakes did not work. Fortunately, I was in the right lane and was able to exit the highway without hitting the guardrail (approx. 20 feet away when I left the highway), traveled at a high rate of speed down a slight embankment and into a field, where fortunately there were no obstacles, and was able to stop the vehicle approx. 500 feet from leaving the highway. The engine was still running, now at a normal rate. I attempted to return to the interstate but was not successful due to the embankment. I drove through my previous tracks in the field and was able to get onto a nearby exit ramp. The vehicle functioned normally after that. Please note, this vehicle has a manual transmission. I did not attempt to engage the clutch to put the transmission in neutral because I had both hands on the steering wheel trying to maneuver through the field, which was quite green, actively growing, and approximately 15 inches high. The crop scraped the underside of the vehicle, which is now in the shop waiting to have the new part replaced. The mechanic will check for damage on the underside. I am not sure if the vehicle stopped B/C the brakes finally kicked in or the vegetative growth slowed me down.

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #2

Sep 052011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Car alarm activates at random when parked, incessant noise and work problem. Car gear stuck-stop lamp switch repaired-later recall, cd malfunction-ate disc, door sensor indicator lights stuck on, battery dies despite diagnostic tests on battery and alternator revealing no problems.

- Ashland , OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 032012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
I was driving home from work on sun night prior to my accident went around a curve and car started loosing control was able to regain control and headed home. Next morning was driving vehicle noticed ESC light was on and would not reset even after shutting car off.driving down another road at approx. 40-45 mph went to negotiate a slight turn to the left when car started sliding out from under me tapped brakes trying to get them to grad and car under control but had no response car did a 180 and slammed in a telephone pole on passenger side vehicle seemed to hit with more force than 40 miles an hour. Thankfully I had no passenger because they may not have made it.

- Chambersburg, PA, USA