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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,035 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Hyundai Accent electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 042016


  • 116,500 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Accent. While the vehicle was parked in the driveway, it ignited into flames. The fire department extinguished the fire and a report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified. There were no injuries, but medical attention was required for emotional distress. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The damage occurred at the engine and the passenger side of the vehicle near the electrical components. The approximate failure mileage was 116,500.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Jun 212013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Power control for the passenger window very erratic. When lowered, the control will not raise the passenger side window until the switch has cooled off. Problem recently worked on at local Hyundai dealership; however, fix did not last for 24 hours. Switch will not respond from either the driver's control or the passenger side. Also have the problem with the sun visor that so many others have submitted complaint about. The visor on the driver's side literally fell in my face while I was driving. Currently I have the visor taped up; but, it will still fall down both startling the driver and obstructing the view. This is a safety hazard. The piece is broken and the estimate to repair is ridiculous. I purchased the additional warranty so eventually the window switch problem will be resolved; but, the dealership is telling me I will have to pay for the visor. With the number of complaints over this issue, Hyundai needs to issue a recall and replace the sun visors.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 082011

Accent 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Had a recall on brake light switch, (campaign 110) took it to Hyundai dealer nassief in jefferson, switch supposedly replaced. Notified them that problem was recurring which was turn signal light would light on dash when pedal was depressed, and it progressed to external right rear turn signal wouldlight when braking, or dash lites would lite, then blower motor would work intermittently and finally the right external turn light would light when braking.. sometimes it was one condition, and others a variable of many or all conditions.. which did not exist until the brake lite switch was replaced by nassief Hyundai.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 032013


  • 55,000 miles


This may not be the correct place to report this so please let me know where I should report this reimbursement problem. I received a recall notice for the brake lamp switch that I needed to replace pre-notification. Since that time I have been getting the runaround by Hyundai's Consumer Affairs department. When coming to this sit to review the recall I see that they are violating the pre-notification reimbursement portion of the recall agreement. Basically saying they will not pay until the repair complies to there standard. I have already gone to a Hyundai service center and there comment was that they could not determine if the new switch complies since the new switch and the old switch look the same. Hyundai Consumer Affairs was unwilling to provide me with any information on what Hyundai service need to show the repair complies. They have also required extensive documentation that is not listed in the recall agreement. I have extensive email documentation showing there unwillingness to pay and my increasing level of frustration. Again I don't know if this is the correct place to file this complaint so please reply with information on where to file the complaint. I also thought your Agency may want to know when a auto maker decides not to follow a recall agreement.

- Fall River , MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012012


  • miles
I reported that the dash of my car felt hot all of the time and that I could not get one of the warning lights to go out. I sent the car to the dealership for repair under my bumper to bumper warranty and they would not honor my request. All of this was before this massive recall. The first day that I drove this car I took it back to the dealership because the same warning light would not go out; they would not help me. This was a dangerous car and I have lost a lot of money behind it and the company not honoring their contract.

- Beaufort, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 012008


  • 2,710 miles
2008 Accent, I bought in February has ground hog problems. Two weeks ago, I saw a ground hog go under my car and several times after. About ten days ago, the transmission would stay in 1st gear and would not shift (when starting). When it finally did shift, at about 4 K RPM, the transmission would remain in the higher gears. Trying to start from a dead stop is quite slow. The check engine light also came on. I took the car into the dealers. The repair man said that 3 of the cables were chewed. One for the trans., one for the brake level indicator, and one for the speedometer. The damage was not covered by Hyundai's warranty. They replaced the wires at $402. It's eight days later. I've lost the speedometer cable. For some reason these wires attract ground hog. None of the other people in the area. In the 19 years I have lived here, none of the other 5 cars I owed had this problem. In fact one was a 2003 Accent. The dealer said they can not do anything to fix this problem. I put down moth balls and fox scent to ward the hogs off, but they like this wires. Loosing the trans. And speedometer can make driving little dangerous. This there any way to make Hyundai replace this wires or hid them so pests won't eat them thank you, E allan stone

- Drexel Hill , PA, USA

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