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: Be aware that there's a significant trend of owners complaining that the Elantra's fuel economy is significantly less than the EPA estimates.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,136 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Jul 272015


  • 78,500 miles


I was driving down a dry solid road with no obstructions or potholes. All of a sudden my car acted like it tried to shift gears, heard a strange noise and the car acted like it would not go faster when I stepped on the gas and felt like I lost some function control of the vehicle. It has done this before but only temporarily. Then the ESC (electronic stability control) light started flashing all with in 2 seconds. When I realized that it was not changing, I turned the ESC off and it went back to driving normally almost instantly. About a mile down the road I figured I would try to turn it back on because I remember being told by the dealership to leave it on. A few seconds passed and all of a sudden my wheels locked up and I lost control of the vehicle as my car started to turn sideways. I quickly turned off the ESC button and it corrected immediately, however, it felt like the transmission had to readjust after having the wheels locked up. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle any longer. I have an email with many other people who have reported this same issue (some have had actual accidents) that I can send you. This is very concerning and should have a recall done on this before this kills someone.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 152014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
When riding the vehicle at 60 -70 mph, and hitting a normal bump/hole in the road, the stability control makes very aggressive adjustments in the rear of the car and make you feel you are losing control of the car. During winter/snowy roads there is weak stability in the rear suspension. This is really scary!. please help us identify what is the issue with this vehicle. Thanks

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

May 292014


  • 39,466 miles
I was driving in dry weather and on normal road conditions when the ESC light begin to blink for no apparent reason. I could not accelerate when this occurred, and then the vehicle brakes locked up. Luckily, I was entering onto a on ramp and the vehicle skidded to a stop onto the shoulder. If this would have occurred while traveling at a higher rate of speed it could have been very dangerous. I had the vehicle towed to a nearby Hyundai dealership for review of the issue.

- Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 062013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 34,900 miles
Have had 3 instances during warm/hot weather that the ESC light has come on (blinking) during normal city driving (after a little freeway driving & using the ac) & the vehicle performance is impaired due to the ESC (no pwr or inadvertent braking w/O driver braking). Only way to bypass this is by using the ESC off button. It appears to go away after the car is shut off & cooled down. Guessing that this is some kind of heat related problem (maybe a short) which causes the ESC to improperly kick in.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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