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HYUNDAI ELANTRA - 2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA Problems & Complaints

 
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by Hyundai Motor America

There are 96 complaints filed for the 2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/15/2014 - PORT ORANGE, FL
WHEN TURNING ON THE IGNITION SWITCH THE CAR INTERIOR LIGHTS LIGHT UP. TURNING THE KEY TO THE IGNITION POSITION, NOTHING HAPPENS. THERE IS NO DRAW ON THE DASH LIGHTS OR ANY OTHER LIGHTS ON THE CAR. IT SIMPLY HAS NO NOTICABLE EFFECT. I HAVE TO TURN THE KEY OFF AND ON NUMEROUS TIMES BEFORE IT STARTS. NOT STARTING IS, OF COURSE, A CONCERN. THE EXPENSES FROM TAKING IT TO A MECHANIC HAS BECOME A REAL DRAIN ON OUR FINANCES. HOWEVER, IF IT BEGINS TO TURN OFF WHILE WE ARE DRIVING, SERIOUS INJURIES MAY OCCUR. {REF: CHEVY COBALT} PLEASE INVESTIGATE THIS ISSUE. GETTING AHEAD OF THIS COULD PREVENT MORE TRAGIC OCCURENCES.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

10/15/2014 - PORT ORANGE, FL
WHEN TURNING ON THE IGNITION SWITCH THE CAR INTERIOR LIGHTS LIGHT UP. TURNING THE KEY TO THE IGNITION POSITION, NOTHING HAPPENS. THERE IS NO DRAW ON THE DASH LIGHTS OR ANY OTHER LIGHTS ON THE CAR. IT SIMPLY HAS NO NOTICABLE EFFECT. I HAVE TO TURN THE KEY OFF AND ON NUMEROUS TIMES BEFORE IT STARTS. NOT STARTING IS, OF COURSE, A CONCERN. THE EXPENSES FROM TAKING IT TO A MECHANIC HAS BECOME A REAL DRAIN ON OUR FINANCES. HOWEVER, IF IT BEGINS TO TURN OFF WHILE WE ARE DRIVING, SERIOUS INJURIES MAY OCCUR. {REF: CHEVY COBALT} PLEASE INVESTIGATE THIS ISSUE. GETTING AHEAD OF THIS COULD PREVENT MORE TRAGIC OCCURENCES.

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ENGINE

10/15/2014 - PORT ORANGE, FL
WHEN TURNING ON THE IGNITION SWITCH THE CAR INTERIOR LIGHTS LIGHT UP. TURNING THE KEY TO THE IGNITION POSITION, NOTHING HAPPENS. THERE IS NO DRAW ON THE DASH LIGHTS OR ANY OTHER LIGHTS ON THE CAR. IT SIMPLY HAS NO NOTICABLE EFFECT. I HAVE TO TURN THE KEY OFF AND ON NUMEROUS TIMES BEFORE IT STARTS. NOT STARTING IS, OF COURSE, A CONCERN. THE EXPENSES FROM TAKING IT TO A MECHANIC HAS BECOME A REAL DRAIN ON OUR FINANCES. HOWEVER, IF IT BEGINS TO TURN OFF WHILE WE ARE DRIVING, SERIOUS INJURIES MAY OCCUR. {REF: CHEVY COBALT} PLEASE INVESTIGATE THIS ISSUE. GETTING AHEAD OF THIS COULD PREVENT MORE TRAGIC OCCURENCES.

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ENGINE

10/13/2014 - CERRITOS , CA
MY 2012 ELANTRA HAS FAILED TO START 3 TIMES WHILE IT WAS IN PARK AND 2 TIMES WHILE I WAS ON THE FREEWAY IN A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS. THERE WAS NO WARNING WHILE I WAS ON THE FREEWAY. ALL DASHBOARD LIGHTS WERE ON, RADIO WAS ON AND IT WAS UNTIL I TRIED TO ACCELERATE WHEN I REALIZED THAT THE CAR HAD TURNED OFF ON ME. LUCKILY, IT WAS IN HEAVY TRAFFIC GOING ABOUT 15 MILES PER HOUR, NONETHELESS, IT WAS A PRETTY NERVE WRECKING UNSAFE EXPERIENCE. I WAS ABLE TO TURN THE CAR BACK ON AFTER 3-4 ATTEMPTS. MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT THE CAR CAN POTENTIALLY TURN OFF ON ME WHEN I'M GOING 60+ MPH. I DRIVE MY KIDS EVERYWHERE IN THIS CAR AND I FEAR FOR THE SAFETY OF MY FAMILY. I HAVE TAKEN IT TO THE DEALER AFTER EVERY INCIDENT AND THEIR MAIN RESPONSE IS THAT THEY CANNOT DUPLICATE THE PROBLEM, THEREFORE, THEY CAN'T FIX IT. AT ONE POINT, THEY CLAIMED THAT IT COULD BE DUE TO CARBON BUILD UP IN THE ENGINE SO I PAID ~$300 FOR THAT SERVICE WHICH DID NOT HELP BECAUSE THE CAR TURNED OFF ON THE FREEWAY SEVERAL MONTHS LATER. I HAVE EVEN HAD THE HYUANDAI TOW TRUCK FROM ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE TOW MY CAR FROM MY WORK PARKING LOT TO THE DEALER IN HOPES THAT IT WAS PROOF THAT THE CAR DID NOT TURN ON. TOW TRUCK DRIVER CONFIRMED THE CAR DID NOT TURN ON, THEN PREPPED CAR TO PLACE ON TOW TRUCK BED. HE GOT THE CAR TO DEALER, THEN ATTEMPTED TO TURN ON THE CAR AND IT DID. I TRIED TO GET DOCUMENTATION FROM HIM BUT HE DECLINED. ALL I GOT WAS A LETTER THAT STATED THAT THE CAR WAS TAKEN FROM MY WORK PARKING LOT TO THE DEALER WITH ZERO DETAILS. THE DEALER IS BEING IRESPONSIBLE AND DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT. THIS IS A HUGE SAFETY ISSUE. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF PURSUING THE LEMON LAW AND GOING TO BBB FOR ARBITRATION IN HOPES THAT THEY TAKE THE CAR BACK. I FEEL LIKE I DON'T HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE. I CANNOT, WITH A CLEAR CONSCIOUS, SELL THIS CAR TO A DEALER OR A PRIVATE PARTY KNOWING THAT IT IS DEFECTIVE.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

10/13/2014 - CERRITOS , CA
MY 2012 ELANTRA HAS FAILED TO START 3 TIMES WHILE IT WAS IN PARK AND 2 TIMES WHILE I WAS ON THE FREEWAY IN A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS. THERE WAS NO WARNING WHILE I WAS ON THE FREEWAY. ALL DASHBOARD LIGHTS WERE ON, RADIO WAS ON AND IT WAS UNTIL I TRIED TO ACCELERATE WHEN I REALIZED THAT THE CAR HAD TURNED OFF ON ME. LUCKILY, IT WAS IN HEAVY TRAFFIC GOING ABOUT 15 MILES PER HOUR, NONETHELESS, IT WAS A PRETTY NERVE WRECKING UNSAFE EXPERIENCE. I WAS ABLE TO TURN THE CAR BACK ON AFTER 3-4 ATTEMPTS. MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT THE CAR CAN POTENTIALLY TURN OFF ON ME WHEN I'M GOING 60+ MPH. I DRIVE MY KIDS EVERYWHERE IN THIS CAR AND I FEAR FOR THE SAFETY OF MY FAMILY. I HAVE TAKEN IT TO THE DEALER AFTER EVERY INCIDENT AND THEIR MAIN RESPONSE IS THAT THEY CANNOT DUPLICATE THE PROBLEM, THEREFORE, THEY CAN'T FIX IT. AT ONE POINT, THEY CLAIMED THAT IT COULD BE DUE TO CARBON BUILD UP IN THE ENGINE SO I PAID ~$300 FOR THAT SERVICE WHICH DID NOT HELP BECAUSE THE CAR TURNED OFF ON THE FREEWAY SEVERAL MONTHS LATER. I HAVE EVEN HAD THE HYUANDAI TOW TRUCK FROM ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE TOW MY CAR FROM MY WORK PARKING LOT TO THE DEALER IN HOPES THAT IT WAS PROOF THAT THE CAR DID NOT TURN ON. TOW TRUCK DRIVER CONFIRMED THE CAR DID NOT TURN ON, THEN PREPPED CAR TO PLACE ON TOW TRUCK BED. HE GOT THE CAR TO DEALER, THEN ATTEMPTED TO TURN ON THE CAR AND IT DID. I TRIED TO GET DOCUMENTATION FROM HIM BUT HE DECLINED. ALL I GOT WAS A LETTER THAT STATED THAT THE CAR WAS TAKEN FROM MY WORK PARKING LOT TO THE DEALER WITH ZERO DETAILS. THE DEALER IS BEING IRESPONSIBLE AND DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT. THIS IS A HUGE SAFETY ISSUE. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF PURSUING THE LEMON LAW AND GOING TO BBB FOR ARBITRATION IN HOPES THAT THEY TAKE THE CAR BACK. I FEEL LIKE I DON'T HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE. I CANNOT, WITH A CLEAR CONSCIOUS, SELL THIS CAR TO A DEALER OR A PRIVATE PARTY KNOWING THAT IT IS DEFECTIVE.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/13/2014 - CERRITOS , CA
MY 2012 ELANTRA HAS FAILED TO START 3 TIMES WHILE IT WAS IN PARK AND 2 TIMES WHILE I WAS ON THE FREEWAY IN A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS. THERE WAS NO WARNING WHILE I WAS ON THE FREEWAY. ALL DASHBOARD LIGHTS WERE ON, RADIO WAS ON AND IT WAS UNTIL I TRIED TO ACCELERATE WHEN I REALIZED THAT THE CAR HAD TURNED OFF ON ME. LUCKILY, IT WAS IN HEAVY TRAFFIC GOING ABOUT 15 MILES PER HOUR, NONETHELESS, IT WAS A PRETTY NERVE WRECKING UNSAFE EXPERIENCE. I WAS ABLE TO TURN THE CAR BACK ON AFTER 3-4 ATTEMPTS. MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT THE CAR CAN POTENTIALLY TURN OFF ON ME WHEN I'M GOING 60+ MPH. I DRIVE MY KIDS EVERYWHERE IN THIS CAR AND I FEAR FOR THE SAFETY OF MY FAMILY. I HAVE TAKEN IT TO THE DEALER AFTER EVERY INCIDENT AND THEIR MAIN RESPONSE IS THAT THEY CANNOT DUPLICATE THE PROBLEM, THEREFORE, THEY CAN'T FIX IT. AT ONE POINT, THEY CLAIMED THAT IT COULD BE DUE TO CARBON BUILD UP IN THE ENGINE SO I PAID ~$300 FOR THAT SERVICE WHICH DID NOT HELP BECAUSE THE CAR TURNED OFF ON THE FREEWAY SEVERAL MONTHS LATER. I HAVE EVEN HAD THE HYUANDAI TOW TRUCK FROM ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE TOW MY CAR FROM MY WORK PARKING LOT TO THE DEALER IN HOPES THAT IT WAS PROOF THAT THE CAR DID NOT TURN ON. TOW TRUCK DRIVER CONFIRMED THE CAR DID NOT TURN ON, THEN PREPPED CAR TO PLACE ON TOW TRUCK BED. HE GOT THE CAR TO DEALER, THEN ATTEMPTED TO TURN ON THE CAR AND IT DID. I TRIED TO GET DOCUMENTATION FROM HIM BUT HE DECLINED. ALL I GOT WAS A LETTER THAT STATED THAT THE CAR WAS TAKEN FROM MY WORK PARKING LOT TO THE DEALER WITH ZERO DETAILS. THE DEALER IS BEING IRESPONSIBLE AND DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT. THIS IS A HUGE SAFETY ISSUE. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF PURSUING THE LEMON LAW AND GOING TO BBB FOR ARBITRATION IN HOPES THAT THEY TAKE THE CAR BACK. I FEEL LIKE I DON'T HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE. I CANNOT, WITH A CLEAR CONSCIOUS, SELL THIS CAR TO A DEALER OR A PRIVATE PARTY KNOWING THAT IT IS DEFECTIVE.

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SUSPENSION

10/13/2014 - JACKSON, MI
DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY, WENT OVER UNEVENNESS IN ROAD AND REAR END SWAYED LEFT TO RIGHT. DEALER SAID IT WAS OPERATING AS DESIGNED. SCAREY,

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

10/6/2014 - NEWPORT BEACH, CA
I HAVE HAD MULTIPLE INSTANCES WHERE MY CAR HAS TROUBLE STARTING, OR WILL NOT START AT ALL. BEGINNING IN 2012, WHEN THE CAR HAD TO BE TOWED TO THE LOCAL DEALER (TUSTIN HYUNDAI - PATTERSON'S) AS IT WOULDN'T START. THE DEALER HAD THE CAR FOR ROUGHLY THREE WEEKS STRAIGHT, AND COULD NOT FIND A PROBLEM, SO THEY DECIDED TO REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP SYSTEM. THEN AGAIN IN FEBRUARY 2013, MY CAR STILL HAD ISSUES STARTING PROPERLY, AND THE DEALER AND CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS WERE CONTACTED. ADDITIONALLY, ON OCTOBER 4TH, MY CAR WOULD NOT START ONCE AGAIN, AND FINALLY, AFTER THREE TIMES, IT STARTED. IT IS CURRENTLY AT GLENDALE HYUNDAI FOR THE SAME ISSUE. I PURCHASED THIS CAR BRAND NEW IN 2012, AND HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT TROUBLE. FROM THE ISSUES WITH STARTING, TO MY WINDOWS NOT ROLLING UP. THE START ISSUE IS A MAJOR PROBLEM AND SAFETY MALFUNCTION. AS A YOUNG WOMAN, I DO NOT FEEL SAFE DRIVING MY CAR ALONE AT NIGHT OR LONG DISTANCES AS I CANNOT COUNT ON IT BEING RELIABLE. HYUNDAI NEEDS TO ISSUE A RECALL, AS A SIMPLE GOOGLE SEARCH BRINGS UP MULTIPLE OTHERS WHO HAVE HAD SIMILAR ISSUES, ONLY TO BE TOLD THERE IS NOT A RESOLUTION.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

10/6/2014 - NEWPORT BEACH, CA
I HAVE HAD MULTIPLE INSTANCES WHERE MY CAR HAS TROUBLE STARTING, OR WILL NOT START AT ALL. BEGINNING IN 2012, WHEN THE CAR HAD TO BE TOWED TO THE LOCAL DEALER (TUSTIN HYUNDAI - PATTERSON'S) AS IT WOULDN'T START. THE DEALER HAD THE CAR FOR ROUGHLY THREE WEEKS STRAIGHT, AND COULD NOT FIND A PROBLEM, SO THEY DECIDED TO REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP SYSTEM. THEN AGAIN IN FEBRUARY 2013, MY CAR STILL HAD ISSUES STARTING PROPERLY, AND THE DEALER AND CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS WERE CONTACTED. ADDITIONALLY, ON OCTOBER 4TH, MY CAR WOULD NOT START ONCE AGAIN, AND FINALLY, AFTER THREE TIMES, IT STARTED. IT IS CURRENTLY AT GLENDALE HYUNDAI FOR THE SAME ISSUE. I PURCHASED THIS CAR BRAND NEW IN 2012, AND HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT TROUBLE. FROM THE ISSUES WITH STARTING, TO MY WINDOWS NOT ROLLING UP. THE START ISSUE IS A MAJOR PROBLEM AND SAFETY MALFUNCTION. AS A YOUNG WOMAN, I DO NOT FEEL SAFE DRIVING MY CAR ALONE AT NIGHT OR LONG DISTANCES AS I CANNOT COUNT ON IT BEING RELIABLE. HYUNDAI NEEDS TO ISSUE A RECALL, AS A SIMPLE GOOGLE SEARCH BRINGS UP MULTIPLE OTHERS WHO HAVE HAD SIMILAR ISSUES, ONLY TO BE TOLD THERE IS NOT A RESOLUTION.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

9/30/2014 - FAIRFAX, VA
A FEW WEEKS AGO, MY 2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA WOULD NOT START. I GOOGLED THE ISSUE AND IT SEEMS THAT THIS HAS AFFECTED NUMEROUS HYUNDAI DRIVERS. THE ISSUE ENDED UP BEING THAT THE RANGE SWITCH HAD TO BE REPLACED. I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS A RECALL. THANKS.

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