Body Problems of Hyundai Elantra - part 1

Hyundai Elantra owners have reported 75 problems related to body (under the structure category).

car image   Body problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 1
Failure Date: 11/29/2016

The whole rear metal beam holding the rear suspision rusted out and fell off while driving sent csrd into a spin before wegot it stopped could have been killed driving on interstate 70 from warrenton to wentzville mo yesterday mourning at 5. 30 am.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 2
Failure Date: 08/19/2016

My son 2013 Hyundai Elantra would not stop correctly while he was driving it causing it to turn in a semi circle and ultimately crashing into a shoulder on a freeway to stop. After which the wheels broke off on the right side of it.

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car image   Body problem of the 2006 Hyundai Elantra 3
Failure Date: 08/10/2016

The rear cross member that supports the rear wheels on the 2006 Elantra we own is completely rotted through to the point that the nutserts have fallen away from the frame of the vehicle. The resulting freeplay in the rear wheels caused the car to fishtail all over the highway while my wife was driving it. After no help from Hyundai regional manager and corporate office, we researched this condition online. Seems that 2000-2003 Elantras and several years of the sonata models have this very same defect. Our year and model is not included in severe frame rot recalls, but it should be. Based on our research, these parts rust from the inside out and generally start on the right side. Ours is so crumbled, it has rotted in half. According to the NHTSA website, this car meets the criteria for either a recall or a buyback. I'm quoting this from the site: "critical vehicle components that break, fall apart or separate from the vehicle, causing potential loss od vehicle control or injury to persons inside or outside the vehicle. " my wife was lucky she wasn't going 65 on the interstate when this happened. Judging by the existing class action suits we've seen online against Hyundai for this very same rust problem in other model years, it's obvious to me that they are using the same rear wheelbase support design and flawed steel components in all their mid-sized sedans.

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car image   Body problem of the 2007 Hyundai Elantra 4
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

Passenger visor failed a few months ago. Driver visor failed shortly after (around 60,000 miles). This appears to be a known problem with Hyundai's manufactured after 2007. Dealer would charge $176 per visor, but absorb the cost of installation. One passenger banged her head when getting in the car. Driver's visor has fallen on my head several times -- a hazard in my opinion.

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car image   Body problem of the 2015 Hyundai Elantra 5
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

When I try to close the sunroof it will not close. I have to try it 3 to 4 times until it finally closes.

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car image   Body problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 6
Failure Date: 07/10/2016

There is rust coming through the quarter panels in the front.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 7
Failure Date: 04/09/2016

My 19 year old daughter was in an accident on April 9th 2016 in her 2013 Hyundai Elantra. . Both vehicles were at a dead stop at an intersection before either of them started moving. My daughter was going straight and the other vehicle was turning, both of which were going approximately 10 mph. My daughters car hit the front fender of the other vehicle causing a bent wheel and a small dent to the fender. My daughters Hyundai, totaled. Every airbag in the Hyundai deployed, including the back seat which seemed strange since it was a frontal crash. The transmission wouldn't go in to any other gear it was stuck in drive. The hood was smashed up to the front windshield. The damage to the car was over $12,000 there has to be some faulty part(s) or equipment on the car to cause such damage at such low speeds. I can't imagine what could happen at highway speeds in a crash in a Hyundai. I wrote to Hyundai about safety concerns of their Hyundai Elantras, their response was unacceptable: "we understand that you are dissatisfied with the design of the 2013 Elantra and we apologize for any disappointment this has caused you. This information has been forwarded to all appropriate parties within Hyundai for review, including Hyundai management. " really Hyundai! people can be severely injured or die in these vehicles which I feel Hyundai needs to be a little more concerned.

car image   Body problem of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra 8
Failure Date: 12/23/2015

I hit a deer on highway 890 in rotterdam NY, spun out of control and hit the guardrail, car had damage all around, the most damage was in the front resulting in a totaled vehicle, my whole front end is gone, and no airbags deployed, we were traveling doing about 60 miles per hour.

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car image   Body problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 9
Failure Date: 10/24/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the link assembly front stabilizer and the control arms complete lower and front has excessive rust. In addition, the front tires fell off due to the corrosion. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,178. Ad.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 10
Failure Date: 10/13/2015

I was parking my car in a parking lot of a store. I slowed down and applied the brakes. Somehow the brakes failed and I hit another car. The collision stopped the car. I have only had the car for 1 year and feel very unsafe.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 11
Failure Date: 10/10/2015

The accident happened on a Saturday around 1pm. I was heading home when I approached a intersection when a lady coming from a street on the right side was coming out and even though she had a stop sign she fail to fully stop and me having no time to react I hit the middle of the car (t-bone her).

car image   Body problem of the 2006 Hyundai Elantra 12
Failure Date: 09/24/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, she heard an explosion and was hit in the head. The contact stated that the rear view mirror on the passenger door had exploded, hit her on the head and landed on her lap. The dealer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate mileage was. Bd.

car image   Body problem of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra 13
Failure Date: 09/11/2015

Highly frustrating and potentially life threatening situation Hyundai has put me in. On September 11th my vehicle caught on fire in the rear by the exhaust pipe. Prior to this my vehicle had been at rick case Hyundai 3 times with me complaining the transmission was not working properly the 1st time I was told there are no codes so we have to wait till it breaks, the 2nd time I was told no codes sorry, and the third time they actually replaced a broken part that controls the shift times in the transmission. Could show them my problem. I asked Hyundai corporate to do an investigation into the transmission and the fire and help me resolve this issue. They went through their 6 week process and then denied my claim saying it wasn't found to be a malfunction of any parts that caused the fire. I have video of where the fire started, the transmission not working, and countless pictures that show the fire obviously started at the tailpipe due to an increase in temperature because of the transmission failure. When I ask Hyundai for the information that lead to their conclusion they say it's confidential and proprietary and will not let me see it. When I tell them the transmission is still not working and everytime I drive it there is a burning smell and I'm scared for my safety and life driving this car they just say Hyundais decision is final and they won't honor my warranty on the car. They claim it's perfectly safe to drive and operating as intended and designed. I feel they are covering somethings up or never actually investigated this incident which is why they won't release information. During the fire malfunctions in the head shield and taillight wiring were discovered making for 4 possible life threatening defects my car was parked at work in my parking space when the smoke and fire started.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 14
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.

car image   Body problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 15
Failure Date: 06/18/2015

Sitting in traffic on 405 freeway near exit 52 going south to work when I was rear-ended by a 2013 Nissan. Back and front of car folded up, I was ejected from the seat belt (opened up and flew into passenger seat) and not one air bag opened. I could not move, my foot was fractured, stomach hurt, neck, back and arms in pain. Chp on the scene. Car that ran into the back of me pushed me into a large truck and pushed the truck into a car. 4-car accident. Car has been totaled and I am reporting the failure and defect with the seat belts and air bags.

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car image   Body problem of the 1997 Hyundai Elantra 16
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 2002 Hyundai Elantra 17
Failure Date: 03/23/2015

Car recalled for "salt belt corrosion" repairs in 2002. Original owner sold car back to Hyundai dealership. Repairs were never done. When I bought this used Hyundai Elantra in late 2002, it had less than 13k miles on its odometer. It was serviced at a 2nd Hyundai dealership until 2012, when its 10 yr/ 100 k mi warranty expired. Today, even though it still has < 100 k on its odometer, the entire underside of the vehicle is so badly rusted that I've been told by two different sources that the corrosion on the underside is so bad that, during a 50 mph or greater accident, it is likely the entire inside of the car could fall onto the highway, while it kept moving forward, decapitating everyone inside. . Read more...

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 18
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 19
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 20
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.

car image   Body problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 21
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).

car image   Body problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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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