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Cruise Control Problems of Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra owners have reported 28 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Hyundai Elantra based on all problems reported for the Elantra.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 1
Failure Date: 04/06/2017

Cruise control switches do not function properly on this 2013 Elantra gt. The "set" button dose not engage or activate cruise control. It "cancels it. However, pressing the cancel' button does not dis-engage or stop the cruise control it actually activates it. This is extremely dangerous.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2
Failure Date: 11/27/2016

In may 2014 while utilizing the cruise control,applying the brakes did not disengage the cruise control even while my husband was braking to decrease speed as we were entering bastrop, TX on hwy 71. It took us by surprise, and my husband finally managed to bring the car under control by pressing the cruise control disengage button on the steering wheel. I took our vehicle to the dealership where we purchased the car, and the dealership replaced the brake light switch. On Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, we were using the cruise control while we were traveling southbound on hwy 79 approaching hearne, TX. The car in front of us slowed, and my husband braked to slow down as well, but it seemed that the car actually sped up. He looked down to be sure that he hit the brake and not the accelerator. By the time he looked up, we were about to hit the vehicle in front of us. He hit the brakes harder, and the car seemed to speed up again. My husband swerved to the left to avoid hitting car in front of us, but there was another vehicle next to us in the lane to our left. Fortunately, the drivers of the other vehicles managed to swerve to the right and to the left so that we had room to pass between the two vehicles. Our brakes were squealing, but the car was not slowing down. Finally my husband managed to disengage the cruise control and pulled off the road so that we could collect our composure. I returned to the Hyundai dealer in round rock on November 29. The service manager told me that my vehicle was no longer under warranty, so I would have to pay to have the issue fixed. I know that Hyundai and kia have had recalls for defective brake light switches on other models, model years, and I believe that this is a continuation of the same type issue with my vehicle. It is truly a safety issue, and I think that Hyundai should fix this again on my vehicle at no charge.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 3
Failure Date: 12/24/2015

2013 Hyundai Elantra on December 24, 2013, the vehicle was being operated on a road with a 35 mph speed limit. Without any deviation of the accelerator pedal, the vehicle jumped to 60 mph. While at the subsequent stop light, the vehicle's rpm's remained high (approximately over 5,500 rpm). The Elantra was then driven to a home depot parking lot. Upon restarting the vehicle, rpm's climbed to 5,000 (while in "park"). No other modules were being used at this time - including cruise control or "eco boost. " the vehicle's rpm rate remained at around 2,500-3,000 once put into "drive", resulting in the speed reaching approximately 20-25 mph. This is without the foot on the accelerator and traveling over small hills and grade variants. Summary: while 2013 Elantra is in park, rpm's rest at 5,000. While in drive, rpm''s bottom out at 2,500-3,000, disallowing the ability to naturally stop. This issue appears to reside in the accelerator pedal and the components located therein. This is to be confirmed at a Hyundai service center.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Hyundai Elantra 4
Failure Date: 03/24/2014

We were driving on the highway when the car began to accelerate on its own as if cruise control was on, which it wasn't. We pulled over and pulled the floor mats off in case they were making the gas pedal stick. When we started back up, the car did it again. We tried to pull over again and the brakes didn't stop the acceleration until we threw the emergency brake on. Even then, the brakes were fighting the increased acceleration. We then made our way off the expressway and were able to brake the car enough to turn the engine off. We called a tow truck to bring it to the shop. We are grateful we didn't get in a car accident and are still pretty freaked out about it.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra 5
Failure Date: 03/22/2014

I was driving my 2014 Hyundai Elantra (that I had only had for 3 months, had 1,500 miles on the car) home from the airport, had my cruise control set on 55 for the previous 30 minutes, and I noticed the car in front of me was braking. Naturally, I pressed the brake as well to slow down, but the brakes did not work. The brake pedal was hard as rock and would not press in at all and therefore I could not slow down and cruise control did not disengage. I kept trying to press the brake as hard as I could, but the brake pedal was hard and would not work and cruise control kept accelerating. I pressed the cancel cruise control button on my steering wheel, but that did not disengage either. Just has I was shifting my car to neutral, my car rear-ended the Lexus in front of me. After my car struck the Lexus (my foot still on the brake pedal), I felt the brake finally press in and I was able to slow down and pull off the side of the road. The brake malfunction is still under investigation, but upon my own investigation, I found a recall of Hyundai Elantra year models 2007-2011 for this very issue that caused my car accident.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 6
Failure Date: 09/25/2013

Purchased Elantra July 12, 2012. I called my brother for financing information. He came to the dealership. Mazda of orange. When he started reading the contract the became very upset. He called out the salesman for the extra charges, taking advantage of me, by not telling me I didn't have to add these things. The manager, ask me to come to his office to close the deal. I needed a CO-signer. A friend of mine said he would CO-sign. We signed. The first malfunction was the cruise control. I was in the number one lane the traffic began to slow. So I tapped the brake, again and again, it would not shut off. Even though I was applying the brakes. I was terrified and trembling. The second incident was when, I was pulling into a parking place, with my foot on the break. Even though I was applying the brakes, the car sped up went over two cement stops ultimately hitting another vehicle head on. This vehicle was pushed back approximately 6 ft. The third malfunction, was September 25th, 2013. Upon the request of a friend, I pick up her daughter from school. When we got home, I parked in the driveway on a slant. We removed the packages from the trunk into the house. I sat down in the drivers seat, with my feet outside the car on the pavement. The car lunged very hard and fast backwards. I, subsequently was pulled down and under the car. I was dragged 12 to 15 ft. When it stopped, my car had hit another car. I ended up under my vehicle, in serious condition. The national highwaytraffic safety administration had reported on-line that there were extensive recalls on this very model. I have yet to receive any notice.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2006 Hyundai Elantra 7
Failure Date: 05/15/2013

While applying the brakes, the cruise control does not disengage. I experienced this as the car "lurching" forward when braking, as the engine is trying to bring the car back up to the pre-set speed. This happened, most recently, while on the freeway in rush hour traffic. The sudden lurch was frightening since it was unexpected. The lurch almost caused me to make contact with car ahead of me. Luckily there was no accident. Even with multiple presses of the brake the cruise control did not disengage. It was only by using the hand controls was I able to turn off the cruise control. This has happened at least 2 times, but unfortunately, I cannot recreate the problem systematically.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Hyundai Elantra 8
Failure Date: 04/28/2013

Traveling on interstate, using cruise control (as I had the day previously and for approx 150 miles this day) attempted to stop vehicle due to vehicles slowing down in front of me. Could not get out of cruise control - in fact, the vehicle accelerated -- and brakes did not work. Fortunately, I was in the right lane and was able to exit the highway without hitting the guardrail (approx. 20 feet away when I left the highway), traveled at a high rate of speed down a slight embankment and into a field, where fortunately there were no obstacles, and was able to stop the vehicle approx. 500 feet from leaving the highway. The engine was still running, now at a normal rate. I attempted to return to the interstate but was not successful due to the embankment. I drove through my previous tracks in the field and was able to get onto a nearby exit ramp. The vehicle functioned normally after that. Please note, this vehicle has a manual transmission. I did not attempt to engage the clutch to put the transmission in neutral because I had both hands on the steering wheel trying to maneuver through the field, which was quite green, actively growing, and approximately 15 inches high. The crop scraped the underside of the vehicle, which is now in the shop waiting to have the new part replaced. The mechanic will check for damage on the underside. I am not sure if the vehicle stopped b/c the brakes finally kicked in or the vegetative growth slowed me down.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 9
Failure Date: 03/27/2013

The car revving when the cruise control is on and pushing on the breaks then not being able to put the car in reverse or park. I had to use the shift lock release to just be able to get it into park after that.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 10
Failure Date: 03/05/2013

The cruise control will not stay on. I'm not sure why but it doesn't work. This can seems to have as many electrical issues as some of the worst cars I have seen! esc and other issues are enough that I don't want another Hyundai.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra 11
Failure Date: 10/02/2012

The vehicle has the same problems described in the 2011 recall with the brake switch. My cruise control sometimes does not work and 3 times has cut off on its own. It will not cut back on till vehicle is pulled over and stopped. I was told the problem could not be reproduced but its happening more frequently and im not satisfied with either cocoa beach or melbourne dealer. I have a recurring clutch pedal issue as well and do not trust their technicians any longer. I will just drive the car till it leaves me stranded or in a wreck. Westland Hyundai however has never had a repeat repair. Im not sure why their techs are so much more reliable. Wish I still lived in utah to have my issues resolved.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Hyundai Elantra 12
Failure Date: 08/01/2012

Tl - the contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph with the cruise control engaged, she attempted to engage the brakes but they failed to stop the vehicle. Instead, the vehicle abnormally accelerated to 95 mph. The contact was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,000 and the current mileage was 89,143. Kmj.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 13
Failure Date: 03/20/2011

The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. While driving with the cruise control activated at approximately 65 mph, the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal and pressed the off button for the cruise control to deactivate yet the cruise control would not deactivate. The contact stated that the vehicle crashed into a metal guardrail and the vehicle stopped fifty feet from the guard rail. The contact was uninjured and a police report was filed for the incident. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for body damage repairs. The manufacturer was contacted and a complaint was filed. The manufacturer was unable to provide further assistance but informed the contact that the vehicle was not equipped with a crash box. The approximate failure mileage was 9,700.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Hyundai Elantra 14
Failure Date: 11/23/2010

I was driving with my cruise control on and a car stopped in front of me. I hit the brakes and my car accelerated. This is the third time this has happened. Fortunately, I was able to slam on the brakes and the car stopped. Also the air bag light does not go off with an adult in the front seat. This is very concerning.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Hyundai Elantra 15
Failure Date: 08/17/2010

Hyundai didn't fully assess recall id # 09v122000 on the brake stop light. Mine has malfunctioned twice in 1. 5 years, yet they are now telling me that I am not a part of the recall. This is a very serious issue that can also involve the cruise control not stopping, shifting problems, and a possible rear-end accident. This needs to be looked in to - more people than originally estimated can be at serious risk - not to mention more people are paying to having this fixed by their dealer (I. E. Me) than there should be!.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Hyundai Elantra 16
Failure Date: 08/08/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that when the vehicle was in the cruise control mode and she attempted to apply the brakes, the vehicle would suddenly accelerate up to 70 mph. She had to turn the cruise control off in order to stop the acceleration. She noticed that the failure occurred twice. The contact also stated that she had difficulty shifting into reverse or park gear. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership where it was awaiting diagnosis. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer. The current mileage is approximately 26,260. The failure mileage was approximately 26,210. Updated 10/25/10 updated 10/27/jb.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Hyundai Elantra 17
Failure Date: 05/10/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact was driving 57 mph with the cruise control activated. When he attempted to depress the brake pedal to disengage the cruise control the vehicle accelerated. The contact observed the accelerator pedal engaging on its own. He was able to disengage the cruise control and stop the unintended acceleration. The contact attempted to utilize the cruise control a second time and when the brakes were applied, the identical failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to an authorized dealer. The failure and current mileages were 44,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2006 Hyundai Elantra 18
Failure Date: 03/16/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph with the cruise control activated. The brakes were engaged but the cruise control did not deactivate and the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle came to a stop once the cruise control button was engaged. In addition, the exterior brake lights would not illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where recall repairs were performed under NHTSA campaign id number: 09v280000 (exterior lighting) yet the exterior lighting and cruise control failures recurred within a year. The dealer was contacted and advised that because the vehicle was repaired once for the failure under the recall, any further repairs would be at her expense. The contact stated she was unaware the repairs that were performed where for a recall. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra 19
Failure Date: 03/11/2010

When the cruise control was set between 40 and 50mph instead of being set at that speed/mph the car kept accelerating to 70mph, only when I applied the brakes did it slow down. This happened 5 times in the past week, and I tested it out and it happens maybe 5% of the time but not in any random increment.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Hyundai Elantra 20
Failure Date: 08/30/2008

I was driving my 2008 Elantra when I approached a sharp curve in the road. I applied my brakes and suddenly the cruise control seemed to activate and the car sped up and left the road . I had no control of the brakes or steering. It seemed as if the vehicle froze. I tried to brake and nothing happened, I tried to steer and the wheel was locked. I ran over several street signs. When the car finally stopped by crashing into a tree, the car was off and the key could not be removed. My airbag did go off however my sons side airbag did not. We both sustained minor physical injuries and major emotional injuries. The car was totaled. Approximately 5 weeks later I received a recall notice on my vehicle. My car was one of the vehicles with the faulty fuel pump that needed replacement. In the notice it stated that if the fuel pump was not replaced it could cause the vehicle to crash. I began to research the recall and noted several other people that experienced similar difficulties. I also had noticed a strange smell (electrical?) the prior two days of the accident. I have been unable to get any information on whether or not the fuel pump was faulty and it was would it have caused the vehicle to behave in the way it did causing it to crash. The vehicle was disposed of immediately so it was unable to be examined. I do not have the VIN # as I no longer have the vehicle. I did however, through the dealership, find out that my vehicle was indeed one of the ones on the recall notice. The problem was first noted in August and the recall began soon after. I was not notified until weeks after the crash.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Hyundai Elantra 21
Failure Date: 04/12/2008

The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 70 mph with the cruise control set, the vehicle abnormally accelerated to speeds of 90 mph. The contact then placed the vehicle in neutral and was able to stop the acceleration by applying the brakes. The tow truck driver advised the throttle was still in the open position when the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was left in possession of the dealer for further inspection. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 26,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Hyundai Elantra 22
Failure Date: 08/14/2006

Headlights burning out frequently was the first sign of problems, replaced them as the dealer said this was inherent to the 2001 Elantra. In August 2006 check engine light came on. Also, the air bag sensor light was on, headlight out again, took car to dealer, they called back and said that the alternator had been over charging and not only was the over charging burning out the headlights it also had taken out the cruise control module, and air bag module. Car had only 42000 miles on it, and was 2 weeks from being out of the 5 year bumper to bumper warranty. Well here it is 6 months later and 47000 miles and check engine light is back on, I have since purchased a diagnostic tool to read the codes. The car was running rough at idle. The codes came up as mis fire on cylinder 3, tps sensor failure and map barometer failure. I replaced the plugs and wires, engine still ran rough. Took car back to dealer they replaced the tps, still running rough, they suggested that because of the faulty tps that the excessive dumping of fuel into the jets could have caused one of them to be clogged. I had them clean the jets as well as replace the plugs and wires again (they had also found that #3 wire had been arcing. ) this took care of the idle problem. I took the car home and the next day driving the car would surge between 3rd and 4th gear, engine light back on. Still have the map error. Dealer ended up replacing the map sensor. It has been about a month since this last occourence and all I can do is cross my fingers until I trade it in. Abl. Pco.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Hyundai Elantra 23
Failure Date: 08/11/2003

While traveling on the highway and without prior warning consumer engaged cruise control and vehicle suddenly accelerated.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Hyundai Elantra 24
Failure Date: 01/01/2002

When vehicle comes to a full stop it will hesitate and will cut off.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Hyundai Elantra 25
Failure Date: 05/17/2000

Intermittently vehicle stalled out and died without warning when cruise control was on and brakes applied. Dealer has replaced transmission/ ignition harness/tps module, and ignition coil. But problem has reoccurred. Manufacturer has been notified.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1996 Hyundai Elantra 26
Failure Date: 06/16/1998

Engine lights comes on,surges,misses,jerks,dies,tapping noise,loses power,these things have happened repeatedly. Other repairs 9-26-98 alternator,generator mileage 24662: 10-29-98 missing and rough idle couldn't find problem, mileage 25350; 3-22-99 plug and cable set changed again, mileage 29167; 4-12-99 replaced transmission part, mileage 29760; have talked to consumer assistant center,the dm,all I am told is to keep taking it in . Am very unhappy with this car and am afraid to drive it on the highways because it lost all power when driving on I- 65. Was towed in 2 times because of no power. They offered for me to trade it in on a new car, that would mean another 5 yr. Loan and another $50. 00 a month payment. I did not feel this was a very good solution . Service dept. Has been good as trying to find the problems, but I am not happy that they have not replaced this car at no cost to me, for all the problems I have had.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Hyundai Elantra 27
Failure Date: 03/17/1998

Cruise control light comes on & off.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1998 Hyundai Elantra 28

While using cruise control and going up a hill, the overdrive goes off like it is supposed to. After cresting the hill, the overdrive does not re-engage until sometimes 1/2 mile (even going down hill). This leaves the engine running at 4000rpm (normal is about 2500rpm). Dangerous? probably to someone not expecting it.

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