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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,300 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 272010


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. The contact noticed that when the brakes were applied in the snow or icy weather conditions, the vehicle would shake excessively. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was unable to duplicate a failure. The contact did not inform the manufacturer nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was 38,416. The failure mileage was approximately 37,000.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 162010

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
Winter of 2009 I noticed that brakes on my 2009 Hyundai Elantra would lock up and not work whenever driving on loose wet snow. The car would just slide as if on ice and there would be no feeling as of pads on steel from the brake pedal. Took car into fairfax Hyundai in fairfax, va. They inspected brakes and deemed that nothing was broken. However they weren't able to test drive the vehicle under the same snow conditions. Vehicle's brakes work fine when snow is plowed and compacted. On 16 December 2010 we had similar snowfall and vehicle behaved the same dangerous way. This time however I was able to clear the brakes of snow by rapidly stomping on the brake pedal until I could feel pad on steel and stop the vehicle from sliding. Haven't bothered to take vehicle in to fairfax Hyundai since they found nothing last year. Have sent notification, however, to Hyundai usa and to consumer reports. I don't want anyone to be hurt by this brake failure in snowy conditions. At the least drivers should be alerted that they can stop the vehicle by rapidly stomping on the brakes to clear the snow that seems to build up between the pads and the rotors.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 292009


  • 2,900 miles
When there is snowfall and brakes are applied, there is a horrendous grinding sound-brakes lock up, will not work and I have gone through several intersections, and almost into parked cars, oncoming traffic and street poles. Thankfully no pedestrians.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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