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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,284 miles

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2008 Hyundai Elantra lights problems

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #19

Oct 252015

Elantra

  • 93,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while attempting to merge into traffic, another vehicle crashed into the rear end of the vehicle. The contact stated that the driver of the second vehicle stated that the exterior lights of the contacts vehicle failed to illuminate. The details of the crash were unknown and resulted in three injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician informed the contact that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #18

Aug 152012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
I leased my car in 2012, and have had to replace my lights at least 6 or 7 times. I have bought bulbs to replace my lights and then noticed they work intermittently. Mainly my brake lights and tail lights have been the problem however I have replaced head lights low beams and fog lights before too! I am concerned about the air bags as I have passengers that are a heavier weight. Thanks

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #17

Apr 102013

Elantra

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the brake light was continuously burning out. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under recall NHTSA campaign number: 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician verified the failure and replaced the brake lamp. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 30,000.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 202013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

In March of this yr, a friend informed me that my driver side brake light was out. I had the bulb replaced & then got a notice about the recall. The work was performed in June (replacement of a stop switch I believe is what it was called)..........last week I went back to the dealer for a couple of problems that I felt were recall related. Both my driver side brake light was out again, my third brake light was out & I informed them that one day I was having a problem moving the gear shift out of park. All of these I felt were recall related but was told that they are not.........that the Elantra has a history of burning brake lights out. And I was told that if the problem w/the gear shift happens again, to bring my car in. I feel that this recall, between the fact that the brake lights keep burning out, cruise control can be difficult to disengage & having a problem w/the gear shift are all pretty serious issues. I feel like there is still a safety issue w/the Elantra. I don't think the work they did fixed anything.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 232013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 73,184 miles
Hyundai motor America has failed to resolve complaint concerning campaign 110. Sun visor will fall randomly and obstruct the drivers ability to see. Extremely dangerous!

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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problem #14

Apr 012013

Elantra

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The contact stated that the parts were not available for repair and the manufacturer was not contacted for an estimated time of arrival. The contact did not experience a failure. The current mileage was 43,700.

- Fayetteville, OH, USA

problem #13

Apr 282012

Elantra

  • 77,951 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car following me notified me that my brake lights were not working on my 2008 Hyundai Elantra. I have change my brake bulbs 3 times last year and 1 time beging of this year. Stop and check all my bulbs and fuse they were in good condition. I called Hyundai customer care and was told that 2008 Elantra's were not covered by their recall for this problem, that I would have to bring the car in for a dignostic that will cost $110. They told me that even if their were a recall, the recall does not affect my car and is not in their database.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 212013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 102,043 miles
Car following me notified me that the brake lights were not working on my 2008 Hyundai Elantra. Stop lamp fuse I was checked and was good as well as both rear stop lamp bulbs. I inspected the brake lamp switch near the brake and found it to stuck in the off position. After pressing the switch several times the switch worked for a few times and then stuck in the on position. I called Hyundai customer care and was told that 2008 Elantra's were not covered by their recall for this problem and they would pay for repair.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 082013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 37,128 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, someone alerted her and advised her that the brake lights were not illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was advised that the brake light switch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised her that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The failure and current mileages were approximately 37,128.

- Staton Island, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 102013

Elantra

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the brake light failed to illuminate when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was later contacted and advised that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 58,000. The VIN was not available.

- Debaoy, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 032012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving my vehicle I was told my another motorist that my brake lights were not working. I checked the fuse and the bulbs. I looked up on line and seen that there was a recall on Hyundai vehicles due to the stop lamp switch problem. I called Hyundai and they said my VIN number was not part of their recall campaign.

- March Air Reserve Base, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 242012

Elantra

  • 92,846 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that she was advised by a police officer that her tail lights were inoperable. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic for inspection where they stated that the brake switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 92,846.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #7

Oct 122011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 31,789 miles
I took my vehicle to the dealer for scheduled maintenance and I was informed that my brake lights were not working (a fact that I was not aware of). The problem was a malfunctioning brake light switch which was replaced.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 012011

Elantra

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the stop lamp switch failed and the brake lights would not illuminate when braking at 5 mph. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was also notified and stated that there were no recalls addressing the failure. They offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #5

Nov 052011

Elantra

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance when the technician stated that the brake lights were not illuminating when the brake pedal was depressed. The technician diagnosed the brake light switch as defective and advised having it replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V122000 (service brakes, hydraulic:switches:brake light) but the manufacturer advised that the repairs would not be covered because the 2008 model was not included in the recall, only the 2007 model. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Huntsville, UT, USA

problem #4

Oct 252011

Elantra

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the brake light switch failed and almost caused the contact to be involved in a crash. The contact also stated that when utilizing the cruise control, it would not deactivate when the brakes were depressed. The dealer confirmed that the failure was caused by the actuator, which would need replacing. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage and the current mileage was 71,000.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 172010

Elantra

  • 23,000 miles
Brake switch failure

- La Habra , CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 172010

Elantra

  • 23,000 miles
Brake switch failure

- La Habra , CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 232010

Elantra

  • 33,447 miles
I have owned a 2008 Hyundai Elantra pzev for approximately 2 years and 2 months. In the two years that I have owned this car, I have had the brake light sensor go out twice. The result of not having a working brake light sensor is that I no longer have any working brake lights! I have only avoided a rear end collision because I have been advised by fellow motorists. I have already had one brake light sensor replaced under warranty: Hyundai needs to manufacture a brake light sensor that doesn't fail in less than a year. If Hyundai doesn't fix this problem, it is only a matter of time before I or a member of my family is seriously injured or killed because this defective part!

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

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