10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,387 miles

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problem #61

Aug 012021

Elantra

  • miles
Driver side airbag dash light goes on and off (mostly on). No accident or previous deployment of the airbag. Also, while under warranty the tail light and break light wiring was replaced as they would burn out approx. every 6 months. One light after another: tail light, break light, blinker, etc. It's happening again... seems to be a wiring or component issue. Have to keep bulbs in the car with me at all times.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #60

Aug 012021

Elantra

  • miles
Driver side airbag dash light goes on and off (mostly on). No accident or previous deployment of the airbag. Also, while under warranty the tail light and break light wiring was replaced as they would burn out approx. every 6 months. One light after another: tail light, break light, blinker, etc. It's happening again... seems to be a wiring or component issue. Have to keep bulbs in the car with me at all times.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #59

Aug 022021

Elantra

  • miles
I am having trouble with the exterior lights on my vehicle. That includes brake lights, tail lights, head lights, turn signals (front and rear). I am constantly replacing them as one or several are always out. My safety and/or the safety of others are put at risk because of no brake lights, someone may rear end me, or having difficulty seeing in front of me at night when head lights fail. I've taken my vehicle to several different locations to have my bulbs changed, and I've also changed a few myself. There is no way to know when a brake light is out, unless I'm getting an oil change, as I did today, and had to pay to have two more bulbs replaced, and thankfully he was kind enough to charge the 3rd at no cost. I've also been pulled over to let me know my bulbs weren't working, or having random people in traffic let me know.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #58

Mar 052020

Elantra

  • 107,400 miles
When attempting to change the license plate bulbs it was noticed that the license plate bulb housing, as well as the outer tail lamp housings, showed evidence of the internal plastics melting. It appears that the heat from the lamps was enough to cause the housings and internal lense plastics to heat beyond the glass transition temperature of the plastics utilized by Hyundai. Both outer tail lamp housings and license plate bulb houses were replaced due to the damaged. The original bulbs were all checked to ensure they were correct per the vehicle manual, which they were.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #57

Feb 262021

Elantra

  • miles
Since purchasing the car in 2013, we have had an issue with the parking lights, and sometimes headlights, coming back on after being off for several hours or we wake up to having a dead battery. This has happened over and over. In 2013 I took it to the dealership where we purchased for same problem and/or dead battery. Never happened at dealership. Our security camera has caught it popping on, or like yesterday, out neighbor called us (again) to tell us lights were on. This is with the headlight switch all the way off. We have tried to figure it out but can not. I did report again to Hyundai this past February, March, April 2021. Again, the car was parked and off every single time with lights confirmed off to only come on later with car off and still locked. It has to have key in it to start.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #56

Feb 012020

Elantra

  • 88,000 miles
Brakes don't want to stop even after I've got them repaired brake lights keep going out even after the bulbs has been replaced

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #55

Dec 012019

Elantra

  • miles
For the brakes and lighting issue, my brake lights go bad every couple of months and need changed. I believe this is possibly to do with the recall for brakes. I have had people on many occasions stop me in traffic to let me know an entire side of lights were out at once. I have been pulled over more than once as well for my brake lights in the four years I've had my car. I always keep spare lights in my car for this reason. I called a&B Kia, where I bought my car, who said my car was not part of the recall. However, with the many issues I've had with my brake lights I believe it is related. More recently than my brakes, my cruise control has stopped working. Within the past year it has slowly went from working sometimes to not working at all. Other functions on the steering wheel, such as volume and radio controls have not been affected.

- Martins Ferry, OH, USA

problem #54

Jan 012014

Elantra

  • miles
I have had to replace several exterior lights ( light bulbs) in the 7 years I have owned my car, including rear brake lights, rear turning signal lights, rear tail lights, and front headlight bulbs. I currently have a left side rear brake light that continues to go out every 3-6 months, just had it replaced by my auto shop 3-4 months ago with inspection of the wiring to that light (found to be ok).

- Olney, IL, USA

problem #53

Jun 292020

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Since I owning this car I have had problems with all lights. Both headlight lamps had to be replaced due to a defect. Also I had been replacing tail, brake, and turning signal lights at every oil change because one or the other will be out. I have never had to replace this many bulbs on any other car I have owned. This oil change June 27, 2020 I had 3 bulbs out break, tail light and parking light all out at the same time. This has been and feels like it's going to be an on going problem not to mention the cost everytime they need to be replaced. Them light are not cheap.

- Schererville, IN, USA

problem #52

Jun 232020

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
The parking light come on randomly. Even when the switch it turned to the off position. This causes the battery to run down. The only way to shut them off is to disconnect the battery cable. When 1st noticed the vehicle had not been driven for three days. It has happened several times since I first noticed it. Several other Hyundai owners have reported the same problem. Mostly with parking lights, but a few said it was their brake lights.

- Haysville, KS, USA

problem #51

May 122020

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
I have owned my 2013 Hyundai Elantra since March 2019. And I have had to replace signal light 2 times. And brake lights 2 times. Is this a normal thing with these vehicles.

- Kenilworth, NJ, USA

problem #50

Sep 202018

Elantra

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving at night, the headlights flashed off and on without warning. The contact stated that the headlamp switch had to be manipulated by hand for the headlamps to operate as intended. Additionally, the contact stated that the bulbs were replaced quite often. The contact also stated that the taillights intermittently failed to remain illuminated while driving. The vehicle was taken to an unknown dealer in fresno, California, where the rear third brake lamp was replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted or informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

- Earlinart, CA, USA

problem #49

Oct 242019

Elantra

  • 130,000 miles
Brake light replaced countless times on the drivers side. It continues to burn out.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #48

Jul 232019

Elantra

  • 129,000 miles
I have replaced every light in the rear of this car over and over for the past year. The rear brake light actually melted. I have never had so many issues with rear lights in a car.

- Berwick, ME, USA

problem #47

Oct 022017

Elantra

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the rear brake light bulbs would fail to illuminate every three to four months. Also, the tail and brake lights failed to work even with the new bulbs. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 17V769000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- St. Matthews, SC, USA

problem #46

Oct 102019

Elantra

  • miles
Brake light is staying on at all times. I even replaced them and one still stays on at all times

- Liberty Twp, OH, USA

problem #45

Sep 272019

Elantra

  • 95,000 miles
Brake lights all burnt out at the same time including the 3rd brake light - replaced the brake light sensor and all light bulbs - was notified by another driver the brake lights did not work - the cost for repair was $135 - I can see maybe 1 light out but not all brake lights out at the same time

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #44

Apr 202019

Elantra

  • 100,500 miles
Takata recall I have recently had my airbag light come on on my car. I have waited a month or two and the light will not go off. I have done numerous amounts of research and found out that this is an extremely popular malfunction with Hyundai sonatas and Hyundai Elantras from the year of 2012. The problem happened right after I rolled over my 100,000 mile warranty so it was covered no longer. This is a safety concern to many people as this is a very popular car. I've had diagnostics done on my car and told it was the clock spring that has malfunctioned. Reviews also have the same malfunction.

- Gatlinburg, TN, USA

problem #43

Mar 042019

Elantra

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the tail lights needed to be replaced due to the rear brake lights remaining illuminated even when the vehicle was turned off. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V574000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was taken to conicelli Hyundai (located at West 1208 ridge pike, conshohocken, pa 19428, (610) 624-2029) where it was diagnosed that the failure was due to wear and tear. The rear tail lights were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The contact also stated that the wiring harness in the tail lights melted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #42

Oct 102018

Elantra

  • 130,000 miles
My brake lights do not work, I've had them replaced 3 times. My rpms do not work when I push the gas, the vehicle won't go more than 20 mph, when changing my gears, it doesn't work, and when I am at a stop light or just sitting in a parking lot with the vehicle running it turns off on it's own. When I try to start the vehicle it won't turn most the time.

- Sparks, NV, USA

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