Body Problems of Hyundai Elantra - part 1

Hyundai Elantra owners have reported 58 problems related to body (under the structure category).

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 1
Failure Date: 06/23/2015

Pulling into the parking space at work less than 5mph car accelerated and hit the parking garage wall. Reported to my car insurance company, car was taken to dealership after body shop. Dealership couldn't find anything on diagnostic report.

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car image   Body problem of the 1997 Hyundai Elantra 2
Failure Date: 05/18/2015

Traveling west on adam shepherds pkwy, I had a green light, lady opposite side turned left in front of me, resulted in collision. Her fault. Witnesses said she hesitated but went anyway. She was supposed to yield. I could of been killed! my front dual air bags didn't deploy. I can hardly move my right arm, my back, my neck my chest hurts. I was taken then to norton's emergency room . I can't sit or lay down or stand too long. Can't hold on to anything. Very sore, strained muscles and bruising of muscles.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 3
Failure Date: 02/22/2015

Driving down highway with light rain. Temperature approx 34 degrees. While at speed limit (65mph) the moon-roof exploded! not simply shattered but exploded. (inside 'sun' cover was open at the time) there were no other cars on the road within 1/2 mile of me. I did not just pass under a bridge and no construction on the roadway at the time of the explosion. Almost lost control of car but managed to maintain until I could pull over on side of roadway. Suffered minor cuts to scalp, face and neck (nothing that required hospitalization). Significant shards of glass throughout the interior of the car and some minor damage to paint surface from shards of glass hitting the outside of the car; rear roof of car and rear deck lid of trunk. Lodged complain with corporate Hyundai (have case number), also went to local Hyundai dealership gave them case number and had them take photos. Dealership initial reaction is that glass is not covered. They suspect the dropping temperature may have had something to do with it. I have escalated my claim with Hyundai corporate; asking under the circumstances that this is obviously a manufacture defect, that they cover all costs of repair. Awaiting their response.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 4
Failure Date: 02/10/2015

The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that due to the sun, a glare reflected from the dashboard into the windshield. As a result, the contact's visibility was impaired. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,000.

car image   Body problem of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra 5
Failure Date: 01/15/2015

Sunroof shattered traveling down the interstate at 70 mph in very light traffic, heard a loud noise on top of car. Soon realized by the wind noise that the sunroof had broken. Pulled off at next exit, observed shattered sunroof glass. Concerned this is a defect - as there was no traffic around to throw anything into the roof of the car, and it did not happen after passing under an overpass. There was no explanation for the damage.

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car image   Body problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 6
Failure Date: 12/16/2014

The plastic chrome on the inside passenger door handle is "delaminated" and a razor sharp edge is exposed. When I reached across the seat (from the drivers side) to open to passenger door, the sharp edge deeply cut my finger which had to have pressure for about three hours before it would stop bleeding. This car only has 27k miles and rarely sees someone in the passenger seat so this is not due to extensive use as stated in previous recalls for this problem. If the problem was identified and recalled in 2009 then why is it still a problem in 2014? this car was in for service and a non-related warranty fix last month and nothing was said about this problem (and subsequently, the dealer was not inspecting for this problem).

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car image   Body problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 7
Failure Date: 12/06/2014

The chrome covered interior passenger door handle cracked and the jagged metal edge cut my passenger's hand. My passenger pulled the handle to open the door from the inside, the handle cracked, and the metal cut his hand. I believe that this problem is similar (perhaps identical) to that identified in the 2002-3 sonata which prompted a recall, but I could not find a recall notice for my car.

car image   Body problem of the 2001 Hyundai Elantra 8
Failure Date: 12/03/2014

Turning onto main street when a large oak tree fell from left side of road, catching lower drivers sidefront fiberglass bumper and tow bar. Making the car stop abrubtly. Air bags deploid, passenger side shattered windshield and ripped dash area on passenger side. The bag hit my wifes right arm and shattered all the bones from her elbow to her fingers. We are 74,and 75 yrs of age. As driver my lip was split open. I was able to drive the car to my home 5 blocks away looking through a shattered windshield. But the wife had to spend 5 days in hosp. And two surgeries to put her arm back together. The air bag did all of the bad damage to my vehicle and my wife. All attempts to have legal help has been turned down saying not enough to take to court. Can you help. The air bag almost killed her. They are supposed to help not mame. . . Thankyou.

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car image   Body problem of the 2001 Hyundai Elantra 9
Failure Date: 12/03/2014

Took 2001 Elantra to dealer as a result of low brake fluid. Dealer discovered vehicle unsafe to drive and irreparable due to corrosion of rear cross member and/or "spud". It is our understanding that this corrosion occurred in the area where brake fluid was leaking. It has been suggested that the problem is due to road salt. However, we also have a (lower-mileage) 2005 Elantra which we keep parked in the same garage as the 2001 Elantra and which, to the best of our knowledge, shows no sign of corrosion.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 10
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 .

car image   Body problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 2002 Hyundai Elantra 16
Failure Date: 04/26/2014

Was traveling home at 6 pm and I was coming over a hill and a car stoped short I swerved to avoid collission and side swiped a telephone pole. The airbags went off and I was hit with a piece of sharpnal that went into my lip causing me to get stitches and has left my face disfigured.

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car image   Body problem of the 2004 Hyundai Elantra 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 2010 Hyundai Elantra 21
Failure Date: 02/01/2014

In February 2014 a friend tried to enter the car and the door handle pulled off in her hand. The door was not locked while she was trying to open it. The car had approx. 31,000 miles on it. This was a front door handle. On April 20, 2015 (the car has less than 45,000 miles on it) my daughter went to remove her child from the rear car seat. The door was not locked and the rear door handle pulled off in her hand. I have been watching the news were someone is pulling a passenger out of a burning car after an accident often. If the door handle would have pulled off during these incidents, the driver or passengers would have been burnt alive.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 22
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 23
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 24
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.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 25
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.

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