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: The 2008 Veracruz has a minor trend of complaints where the valve cover leaks oil onto the alternator, causing alternator failure. The problem starts with the battery warning light & typically all the other warning lights coming on in quick succession. Luckily, that problem was covered in a 2014 recall.

Overall, It's a solid reliable vehicle with no major problems reported.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,093 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.

2008 Hyundai Veracruz lights problems

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 292016


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. While driving approximately 70 mph, the low beam headlights seized. The contact had to tap the turn signal leveler in order for the headlights to illuminate. The failure occurred every time the vehicle was driven at night. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the turn signal was stuck. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 06/14/16 the consumer stated the lights would go out, while driving at any speed. They would flicker or go out, when the turn signal was activated. Updated 06/20/16.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 222015


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. While attempting to shift into the park position, the shift lever seized as the ESC off light and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who made the contact aware of NHTSA campaign number: 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic); however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 012013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the low and high beams stop operating intermittently without warning. Also, the contact experienced a short in the headlights upon using the turn signals. The failure was getting progressively worse. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Dalzell, SC, USA

problem #4

Dec 172013


  • 36,500 miles


When I use my turn signal to signal lane changing, but do not snap it into position, my headlights will flicker on and off and will also turn off for several seconds. Additionally, I noticed during the day time that my dash board lights were brightening. I've reported the dashboard lights brightening on several occasions to the dealership while my car was in for service from 2009 to the present, but they weren't able to repeat the problem. Most recently, likely because I was driving at night, I noticed my headlights flickering on and off. I called the dealership to report it as it was happening and talked to the service representative and told him that my headlights just went off and then they came back on. I brought it in the following week. I found the same issue reported by many other people on a Hyundai forum. Several people reported that the issue was with the turn signal stalk and replacing it fixed the issue. I shared this information with the Hyundai dealership. This is a very concerning problem, as I go for seconds at a time with no headlights at random times, but always after using my turn signal.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 092012

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 26,050 miles
Battery warning light on, seat belt light flashing. Had to turn off all electrical components (ac, fan, radio, lights, ...) and rushed to the dealership. Replaced the alternator at the dealership, where I was told there's a design flaw with oil dripping on the alternator and causing premature failure. I believe such a failure, which would've disabled the car, is definitely a safety hazard under not-so-uncommon conditions, such as at night, in a remote area or unsafe neighborhood. From online research, it will happen again with the replaced alternator since the root cause is not addressed, when in most other cars, the alternator would still be the original.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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problem #2

Dec 212007


  • 100 miles
High & low beam headlights can't be adjusted separately. My low beams are ok however the high beams shoot up way to high. (I could use them for bird hunting). I am a police officer there has to be something done about this problem. I noted that is already is a complain about the headlights with NHTSA. The dealership advised they can't adjust the high beams down or it will affect the low beam.

- Renfrew, 00, USA

problem #1

Oct 012007

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. The low beam headlights are too low and do not illuminate the street, which cause hazardous driving conditions at night. When the contact activates the bright headlights, they do not illuminate the road, but shine upwards instead. He spoke to the dealer numerous times and they stated that nothing was wrong with the vehicle. They stated that the lights were issued to Hyundai's standards and requirements. The current and failure mileages were 14,000. Updated 09/16/08. The high and low beams were connected and they could not be adjusted separately. The low beams were too low and the headlights were too high. Update 09/18/08

- Sikescon, MO, USA

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