Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: There's an emerging trend of transmission problem with the 2010 Elantra at fairly early mileage.

So far owners report having the transmission replaced under warranty but that won't hold up for much longer. It may be a bit premature but for now we're putting the "CLUNKER" rating on the 2010 Elantra just to be safe.

Speaking of being safe, you might not be unless Hyundai can figure out why their airbags aren't deploying.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
45,037 miles

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2010 Hyundai Elantra steering problems

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #45

May 172016


  • 44,000 miles


TL-the contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while in reversing the vehicle the steering wheel seized. The power steering waning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the eps control unit needed to be updated. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number:15V100000 (steering), however the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 44,000.

- Allegany, NY, USA

problem #44

May 192016


  • 51,000 miles
On Thursday 5/19/2016 while driving to work in the a.M with the slightest movement to the steering wheel I noticed it was making a clicking sound and feels like the steering wheel is catching (for lack of a better term)when the click occurs and you are moving the steering wheel back the other way. Whether moving steering wheel to right or left but not when making a complete turn. I checked on the internet found a lot of complaints for my year and 2011 sonatas with the same problem. It seems to be a coupling in the steering column. I called the dealership I use and was told by the warranty administrator they know all about the problem but the repair wont be covered under warranty since I am out of basic. I asked if it is dangerous and was assured that is is just noisy.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #43

Feb 102015


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owned a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 13 mph, the vehicle accelerated. The brake pedal was depressed and stuck to the floorboard and the steering wheel locked. The vehicle crossed opposite lanes and crashed through a gate and into a house. The air bags deployed long after the crash occurred. The contact was knocked unconscious momentarily and received medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a tow yard. Three months later, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) and 15V1000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and requested information to investigate the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 63,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #42

Nov 012015


  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 25-40 mph, the steering wheel began to shake and the eps warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer who stated that the vehicle was previously included and repaired according to a recall for the power steering. The dealer also stated that the current failure was not associated with the recall despite the eps warning light being illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that the vehicle, but the results were unknown. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who informed the contact that the recall and recent failure of the vehicle were related. The certified mechanic diagnosed that the electronic motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN and NHTSA campaign number were unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000.

- Red Springs, NC, USA

problem #41

Mar 042016


  • miles
Just starting getting a big problem with the steering making noise in steering wheels.. and it get worse.. seat belt keeps unclicking

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #40

Oct 072015


  • 128,000 miles
The original steering wheel on this car has been cracking and now is disintegrating in my hands. Slowly but surely it is posing to be an issue with sharp edges which has cut my hand. I believe if this keeps going the skeleton of the steering wheel will be exposed. I am attaching pictures of this. I have talked to Hyundai Consumer Affairs they informed me that there is nothing they can do. I believe this is due to inferior material used in the construction of the steering wheel.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #39

Nov 282015


  • 50,000 miles


Recall was performed on 4/22/15 at no charge. Bought car from dad on 5/26/15. 7 months later the (eps) light come on and I lose steering. If you shut the car off and turn on the light goes out. Its happening every other day. I think this still falls under the recall. I should be able to get fixed for no charge. Places are wanting money and have my car for a few days. Recall says 1hr. Says if not satisfied to write you. Please review. Pretty dangerous driving condition. Have no other car. Eps light comes on in motion, turning, mostly at slow speeds. Then lose steering. Here is a picture. I also have video on the road but it wont send.

- Troutdale, OR, USA

problem #38

Nov 272015


  • 79,944 miles
The steering column made a knocking sound when turned. You could hear noise when vehicle was stationary and in motion. Took it to dealer and had the flexible coupling (part 56315-2K000-fff) replaced. The service manager said the part was melted and torn up. The car mileage was 79944.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #37

Nov 242015


  • 80,000 miles
Vehicle in motion approximately 73 mph on NY 87S. Eps dash light suddenly illuminated and power steering was lost instantaneously. Pulled over to side of road.

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #36

Nov 022015


  • 71,588 miles
Last week the day after dlst ended, I used by headlights for the first time in months. This seemed to coincide with the start of the clicking of my steering wheel while driving. I stopped & talked w/ a mechanic, he said a dealer would have to do a costly repair because it involved the computer located in the steering column. It would probably need replacement. I am worried it may be a safety issue. He said it was not but I decided to check recalls.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #35

Nov 092015


  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. While driving at approximately 20 mph and making a turn, a loud knocking noise emitted from the steering wheel. The failure occurred when driving and became progressively worse. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000.

- Deerpark, TX, USA

problem #34

Oct 142015


  • 61,080 miles
When driving the car and using the steering, the steering wheel clicks when you turn it any which way. Also the steering feels loose & sloppy. It happens every time you drive it.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #33

Oct 012015


  • miles
Noise when turn right and left. Also when is driving make a noise under the stering wheel colunm-dash

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #32

Sep 302015


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. When starting the vehicle, the power steering failed. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V100000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #31

Feb 272015


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. When the vehicle was started and the contact attempted to turn the steering wheel, there was a knocking sound and a slight hesitation was felt in the steering column. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the eps system was faulty and needed to be repaired and updated. The steering coupling was also faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V100000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Del Ray Beach, FL, USA

problem #30

Jul 232015


  • 16,821 miles
On July 15th I attempted to start my car and the ESC light and the electronic power steering light both came on. I was not able to steer the car. I called my mechanic and the car was taken to the shop. It was found that the computer code for the eps was not in the system. The car had not been drive for about a week. The mechanic was able to reprogram the system. The following day I again attempted to drive the car and the same lights (ESC and eps) came on. I was informed that the power steering column had to be replaced. I see no reason the power steering should need to be replaced on a car that in 5 years old and has been properly maintained.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #29

May 042015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise and the eps warning light illumianted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the lower steering coupler needed to be replaced. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V100000 (steering) but the dealer indicated that the required repair was in addition to the software update recall repair that was performed on the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Boynton Beach , FL, USA

problem #28

May 282015


  • 43,680 miles
Driving on the freeway I noticed that the red eps come on, at first I didnt notice anything then I made a lane change and found the steering was very difficult to control I struggled to park the car it took everything I had to turn that wheel around a corner and park it, this seems like a serious safety issue and hopefully it should prompt a Hyundai recall.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #27

Nov 042012


  • 45,380 miles
The Hyundai Elantra had its steering lock up while driving at a low rate of speed as it was on an approach ramp preparing to merge on to wi state highway 441 in the town of menasha, wi. This caused the car to go into the guardrail since the steering would not respond. The accident occurred at noon on a clear day on dry pavement. Witnesses to the accident indicated that the steering did not respond before the vehicle crashed into the guardrail. Luckily there were no injuries to the driver other than minor bruises. No other car was involved in the accident.we filed a complaint with Hyundai after the incident but they did not come out to examine the car until after it had been repaired. Earlier this year we received a notice that this same steering defect was covered by the recall announcement. The car was repaired as part of this recall. Hyundai has continued to deny any flaw that could have caused this accident.

- Menasha, WI, USA

problem #26

Apr 272015


  • 50,683 miles
I noticed when tuning the steering wheel, that it felt like there was a ball rolling back and forth in the steering column and it made a strange soft "thud". I called the dealer and was told it was probably the steering column coupler going bad. I took it to my mechanic who agreed with the diagnosis and he also printed out a technical safety bulletin stating that the coupler is defective and would need to be replaced if a "thud" or "clicking noise" appeared. I was told this was not a safety issue but at the same time I received a recall letter regarding the electronic steering software. The recall states that the computer could get confused and stop the power steering which would result in the manual steering of the vehicle. Since I was out of the 50K mile warranty they would not be able to repair the steering coupler under warranty. It will cost me $260 to get that repaired. The steering software is back ordered and I won't be able to get that fixed until after May 22nd. I feel that the steering coupler issue is dangerous in that I may not be able to steer the vehicle once it finaly goes bad. I want to know if this is a safety issue.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

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