Body Problems of Hyundai Elantra - part 1



Hyundai Elantra owners have reported 47 problems related to body (under the structure category).

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 1
Failure Date: 09/25/2014

My wife was driving the car. It was a dark road in the night. Perhaps she didn't see the stop sign and cash into a vehicle coming from right hand side, going in the same direction my wife was going. My wife crashed the other vehicle from behind. It was serious crash in which the entire front portion of the car is damaged. But the air bags did not come out. My wife had her head hit the steering wheel and had a an injury. My complaint is "why did the air bag not inflate in such a serious crash?" . . Updated 10/06/14 .

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car image   Body problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 2
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

My daughter was driving home from school and the strut/axle broke and caused her to skid off the rode, luckily she was not injured and was able to come to a stop in an empty lot. The tire was ruined and the fender was also damanged. We were able to get this fixed at the repair shop, for just under $500, however now the vehicle will not pass inspection due to the subframe being deteriorated. Upon researching the cost to replace this, I found that the vehicle has had several recalls, and wow both of these were on the list. My concern is that the vehicle is 2003 and we are not the original owners. I am concerned now that the other recalls may also affect thei vehicle. The safety of my daughter and grandson is top priority. What can you help me with. Can we still use the recall to have the vehicle repaired?.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 3
Failure Date: 08/03/2014

On July 18, 2014, my 2013 Hyundai Elantra ran into a subway restaurant at 12150 s. Cicero, alsip, IL. I was going into the subway parking lot, my goal was to park, but my car did not stop when I put on my brakes. My car kept going; it drove over the sidewalk, through the scrubs, and hit the building head on. Hitting the building is what stopped my vehicle, my air bag did not deploy. I then put on the brakes, put it in reverse and backed off the building, backing into the parking place that I was originally going into to park. Once my car was parked, it began to smoke. I got out of the car, looked at the damage to my car and the subway building, called my insurance company, state farm and my son. The 2 employees in the subway, called the police and the subway restaurant owner.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 4
Failure Date: 07/28/2014

Sun roof (moon roof) exploded. While traveling at 65 mph, with the sun roof closed and the internal ceiling shade closed, an extremely loud pop came from the roof of the car. Very loud! then, the sound of wind and broken glass streaming over the car and onto the cars traveling behind us. We pulled over and found the sun roof shattered from edge to edge. We made our way to the nearest Hyundai dealer and persuaded them to vacuum out the glass. They told us that this was due to a rock hitting the top and would not be covered by the warranty. We made our way home with no top but talked to many different Hyundai representatives who all claimed that they'd never heard of such a thing. Our subsequent research has suggested otherwise. This is a major concern for the safety of those driving and occupying these cars and for the other drivers on the road as well.

car image   Body problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 5
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

I had a low speed accident approximately 10-20mph in a parking lot where I hit a cement surrounding of a pole on the driver side and the airbag deployed on the passengers side causing signifcant damage to the windshield, busted the dash vents, locked my drivers seatbelt and shattered windshield glass all over the car.

car image   Body problem of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra 6
Failure Date: 05/12/2014

My vehicle the Elantra ( aprox sp 40mph) rear ended a chevy tahoe( aprx sp 30mph) my Elantra was a total loss and my lower back was injured as well as my right hand. I had to be taken from the vehicle from ems and transported to the hospital. The occupant of the tahoe didn't receive any injury. This is the second accident in this vehicle that the air bags did not deploy . In 2011 my vehicle moving aprox 55mph struck 3 deer at once on the passenger front of the vehicle, my son experience a shoulder injury who was my passenger.

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car image   Body problem of the 2004 Hyundai Elantra 7
Failure Date: 03/28/2014

From stop sign proceeded to cross intersection, was struck on front end of drivers side panel and bumper, spun around and hit again on driver back side panel and rear wheel, ripped half of the front bumper and crushed drivers front side against engine , no air bag deployed.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 8
Failure Date: 03/15/2014

Myself and my son pulled into the parking lot of a store. Parked the car was in the store about 5 minutes came back out, tried to use the remote to pop trunk and it wouldn't work nor would the doors. I then opened the door with the key and the car was full of black smoke. Someone pulled up told me to pop the hood that something was on fire. At that time it sounded like something was running but the car was off and keys in my hand. Moments later I noticed fire started to drip under the dash right at the fuse box area on the drivers side and with minutes the car was fully engulfed in fire. A total loss. New car had 8-12 miles on it when I bought. Fire department was called and put it out. I have pictures and it was horrible. Blessed that we weren't driving at the time. Hyundai has been notified and my insurance has requested several times for their engineers to come and inspect the car. As of today no one hasn't shown up or responded.

car image   Body problem of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra 9
Failure Date: 03/07/2014

On March 07, 2014, my Hyundai Elantra was hit on the passenger side by a large Jeep. We took our 17 year old grandson to the hospital to be checked out because of a headache but other than that there were no injuries. My vehicle was taken to a repair shop and now to a Hyundai dealership. My concern is; there have been two (2) front axles put in my car and neither worked. The dealership said they were defective. They ordered a third (3) one and it was defective. They did not install it. Now they have ordered the fourth (4) axle to install, if it isn't defective. In the meantime I have been without a vehicle for almost 3 months. I do not trust luck for another defective front axle.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 10
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

Driving on the loop 101 and heard a loud noise inside the car almost like a gunshot, pulled over and noticed that the sunroof had shattered into tiny pieces, it was not extremely cold and I have only had this vehicle for 2 weeks.


 
car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 11
Failure Date: 01/21/2014

Car loosely steered barely off road, 1/8 mile from home,bumped tree 15' away, backed up, engine shut off (as usual since day 2 of lease), windshield heated to over 150 degree's in 35 degree weather, so I vacated car, which was in flames 2-3 minutes and burned to ash. . Had 5 months, daily problems, battery, fuses, ignition, numerous calls to dealer, shop, no help, could easily have died in firetrap alive, car dove itself, when & where it pleased, and was uncontrollable. Even Hyundai motor finance has not paid on gap coverage in 11 months, ruining my credit to boot, and was over financed past legal limits, on a total new lemon and not only was car not replaced as promised,I cannot get a response from Hyundai, or Hyundai finance. ,this was the biggest mistake of my life, and I will tell everyone to never purchase a Hyundai product. You should be ashamed. And lose your franchise license. I will have to sue to ever begin to be compensated for all you have done to me, and because of your product.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 12
Failure Date: 01/21/2014

Got a Hyundai 2013 Elantra gt in early Nov. 2013 with the style & tech package which has the panoramic sunroof. The car is barely 3 months old. Driving to work on 288 south fway when I suddenly heard a boom, at first I thought it was another car that had blown its tire but then I heard the sunroof cover above my head fluttering. Pulled over just as a f350 truck parked in front of me, driver comes out and tells me I cracked his windshield, I see that the front section of my sunroof is gone. The driver says he was behind me and saw my sunroof implode and a huge piece of the glass hit his windshield and shattered. Asked him if he saw anything hit my roof and he said no. Driver helped me clean up a lot of the broken glass that was still on my roof. He also pointed out the damage to the paint on the rear section above the led brake lights. We exchanged information & I decided to drive to the dealer since it was not far off. On the way a lot of the broken glass started falling inside the car. At the dealership they all said they had never heard or seen anything like this happen before. Since they did not have the facilities to repair the damage they referred me to another dealership where I arranged for the car to be towed. Told the service dept what happened and said they would investigate. Their verdict is that a rock or something hit it to cause the damage. They will replace the sunroof out of courtesy but not cover for a rental car despite a warranty. Service mgr says he can do one and not both. Not to mention they would not retouch the paint damage. My insurance will not cover because their investigation points to a manufacturing defect since this has happened before. I am really concerned about this incident happening again which could result in an accident or serious injuries. Worried about the integrity of the sunroof.

car image   Body problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 13
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

Tl - the contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while exiting the vehicle, she sustained lacerations to the fingers from the driver's side door handle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000. Kmj.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 14
Failure Date: 09/13/2013

I rear ended a car and nearly totaled my car. For some odd reason the airbag never deployed during the time of impact.

car image   Body problem of the 2001 Hyundai Elantra 15
Failure Date: 09/05/2013

I was making a u turn when I heard a loud noise, I was unable to control my car seem to be drifting to one side until I hit a curb. . . When I got out of the car to see what happen I notice that my wheel was turned inwards and the control arm was broken and the axle had popped out. . . No one was injured however my daughter was shaking up about what happen. . . I took several pictures of the wheel and rusty part. . It amazed me how metal could rust that bad and break in half. . . I thank god I was not on the highway when this happen no telling what could have happen. . . I called Hyundai dealership to explain what happen also to find out if there was a recall on that part and was told there was no recall on 2001 Hyundai Elantra. . .

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 16
Failure Date: 08/11/2013

On 8/11/13 the 2013 Hyundai Elantra that was purchased 6/3/13 at the fred beans dealership in doyelstown, PA. Unintentionally accelerated and crashed into a concrete wall in the parking lot at king of prussia mall in king of prussia PA. The car was turning into a parking space and when the gas petal was applied the car accelerated full speed into the wall. This is the second time this has happen to a car that was only 9 weeks old. It had happened in our driveway 4 weeks prior to the collision on 8/11/13, but the car was brought under control and we assumed it was just not being familiar with a new car. The car was immediately towed to the dealership's body shop for inspection and a claim was opened with Hyundai customer assurance. The car was inspected by an independent inspector several weeks later and after 6 week we have received a letter stating that there was no failure on the manufacturers part and there was nothing they could do. I have requested testing results and documentation from Hyundai and I was told it was classified, so I asked for a list of tests performed and it cannot be given to us. We have received several letter from Hyundai, none of which had a persons last name or any name at all. I have had the car's bodywork repaired and have tried to trade the car into the dealership for another new car but the dealership will require another substantial down payment which makes this option unfeasible. The dealership has not had any correspondence with the manufacturer and has requested I formally ask for some monetary relief towards the new car replacement. I have made several requests and have gotten a final "no" decision from Hyundai. The car has and still sits at the dealership and I will not allow my daughter to drive an unsafe an undocumented car. Please let me know how to proceed.

car image   Body problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 17
Failure Date: 07/31/2013

While driving down a highway the hood simply popped open coming back smashing the windshield.

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car image   Body problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 18
Failure Date: 04/01/2013

Hyundai Elantra 2002 lower under carriage corrosion. Plus excessive body corrosion similar to Toyota pickups.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 19
Failure Date: 02/23/2013

Driving along at 40mph there was a loud explosion. The panoramic sunroof exploded. Stress crack along its entire perimeter, shattering glass, and creating a convex crack in the middle of the glass. This is the static-non-movable part of the sunroof and was closed at the time. Glass fragments entered interior of vehicle. I have brought this to the attention of local dealership and Hyundai consumer affairs. I have also noted there is a recall with same issue of the Hyundai veloster and others have the same experience with the Elantra as documented on your website. This has been documented when both vehicles described have been moving or parked. Obviously the glass is of fault or there is a flaw in the design putting the glass under stress. I do not feel safe driving the vehicle and expect Hyundai to offer an engineered solution as I am of the same discipline. I have photographs documenting the incident. Dealership is prepared to replace glass. However, I worry of future incidents that could create an accident resulting in a vehicle crash or personal injury from flying glass.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 20
Failure Date: 02/23/2013

The 2013 huyndai Elantra was parked in a driveway and turned off, and an electric fire started in it. It burned completely up.

car image   Body problem of the 2007 Hyundai Elantra 21
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

The rear suspension cross member rotted where the control arm attaches to it and broke free. The control arm then fell down and the entire rear tire and suspension was dragged underneath the rear end of the car. The metal that the control arm attaches to is very thin and the only thing under the car that is not undercoated is that suspension cross member. If this part broke free at 55mph I may not have survived the crash. It broke free as I turned into my driveway, more than likely from the twist of the turn.

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car image   Body problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 22
Failure Date: 12/23/2012

The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the front interior door handles were fractured and became inoperative. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Body problem of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra 23
Failure Date: 10/17/2012

Since I purchased the car in 2011 I have had issues with mice getting into the cabin of the vehicle in spite of always closing all windows and doors. I have also heard of a coworker's family member who had the same car and the same problem. Additionally there was a similar complaint filed recently with NHTSA (odi id number : 10477843). At every service stop, I would ask if there was any technical service bulletins sent by Hyundai for the issue. On wed, 10/17 when I got into my car to go to work, there was a mouse on the dashboard inches away from me. I told the dealership this was unacceptable and that I wanted an appointment to have them locate the place where the mice are getting in. I was amazed when they showed me a large opening in the metal firewall for the cabin air filter right next to a large gap in the cowl meant to cover it. That design allows a rodent, like a mouse, uninhibited access to the vehicle cabin without any need to damage or chew the cowl to get in. I supplied foil tape and aluminum screening to correct the flaw, but I had to pay a significant amount for the labor to do so. I filed a dispute with Hyundai USA and it was declined, meaning they thought it was my responsibility to correct their design oversight. If I did not see the mouse until after I was on the road, the consequences could have been much worse.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 24
Failure Date: 08/24/2012

I purchased a 2013 Hyundai Elantra on June 18, 2012 from dick hannah Volkswagen Hyundai of portland, oregon. Within a few weeks, I began hearing a noise coming from the trunk area. I made an appointment with the dealership to have it looked at on August 24, 2012. Initially, I was told that they tried to use epoxy to fix the noise and I would have to wait 36 hours (over the weekend) to let it dry. On Monday, the sound was still there and they ran further tests. I was then informed on Wednesday that the car had been transferred to the collision center in vancouver for further inspection. On Thursday, I was informed that the vehicle would need to have a part re-welded. I really was not told exactly what was being welded at that point, but that it would not be ready until the next week (following the labor day weekend). Finally, on Tuesday I was able to talk to the service manager, tom gilstrap and was informed that they had contacted Hyundai to see if others had encountered the same noise. A Hyundai engineer had to come out and help diagnose the problem. They verified the noise was coming from the right rear shock tower. They removed the reinforcement cap and shock tower and found two spots missed by factory welder, which did not properly adhere the strut tower to the car body and signs of rubbing making the noise. They were able to clean up the area and re-weld the piece together. They reinstalled the right rear shock tower and reinforcement cap to factory specifications. I am told that Hyundai now has a file on my car. The car was returned to me on Thursday, September 6, 2012. A full two weeks after I brought it in for the noise. This is clearly a huge safety defect and others should be aware of it.

car image   Body problem of the 2007 Hyundai Elantra 25
Failure Date: 12/20/2011

At my 30,000 mile maintenance work ($600. +), I was called back to shop to show me "very dangerous" corrosion around rear axle/frame parts. I bought this car new from same dealer and was sold a $800. Warranty rust-proofing application. It was clear that where no coating was applied, rust was there and I was told it would be risky driving the car. The low millage and no history of the car being driven in salt water conditions, I was amazed at its condition. (I grew-up in the north rust-belt) I retired close to the south ocean area but never had a car with such advanced rust. (several cars) the dealer refused to honor the warranty and Hyundai's warranty does not cover it. I think poor quality of metal was used in the manufacturing of this vehicle. It's obvious the dealer is also at fault and refuses to honor his warranty. I guess that is a legal problem that I'm stuck with. The possible safety problem comes under your concern for sub-standard manufacturing.

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