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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,711 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Hyundai Accent brakes problems

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2010 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 152015


  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Accent. When the turn signal was activated and the brake pedal was depressed, the signal light went off without warning. As a result, the driver was pulled over by the police. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer who performed a recall repair on the vehicle. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and simply took notes. The failure mileage was 83,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Timpson, TN, USA

problem #12

Apr 162015


  • miles
I have the very basic model of the 2010 Hyundai Accent. As I was driving down the road a woman was nice enough to stop me and tell me my brake lights weren't on, so I pulled over and tried testing it out to see what she was talking about, every time I stepped on the breaks none of the lights came on. I went home and had my step dad take a look but nothing in the fuses were lose and none of the bulbs were burnt out, so we did some research online and noticed that Hyundai sent out a safety recall "Hyundai is recalling 1,059,824 vehicles, including the 2007-'09 Hyundai Accent, because of roll away risk and brake lights that may not illuminate.." I am more than sure this is effecting my car as well.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 012015


  • 94,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Accent. The contact stated that the brake light failed to illuminate when the service brake was depressed. The contact replaced the brake light switch and the vehicle was repaired. In addition, the contact mentioned that the passenger seat would not detect when an occupant was in the seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the seat occupant sensor mat would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer and manufacturer were made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,500.

- Mauldin, SC, USA

problem #10

Dec 082014

Accent 4-cyl

  • miles


Brake lights are not functioning. Recall is listed for this vehicle from 2007 - 2009; however, Hyundai is not acknowledging the safety issue in the 2010 model.

- Hoboken , NJ, USA

problem #9

Dec 092014

Accent 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
My brake lights are all out. All 3. I did some research and found that some cars up until 2009 were recalled for a faulty brake light switch. I am fearful I could put myself or others in harms way. This is a definite safety issue with this vehicle. I am not sure if there are currently other reports but I am doing so now. I am taking it to the dealership asap to have it evaluated. A technician has already troubleshooted replacing the bulbs and still not working. He believes it is the switch. This was stated prior to me doing research about a potential issue with Hyundai's brake light switch.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #8

Nov 152014

Accent 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Car had a light ticking sound for days off and on......was driving down road and car starting revving up driving on it's own. Tried to apply brakes would not stop tried to shut car down wouldn't let me. Got car into neutral then applied brakes got car to stop and off road. Waited till I regained composure started car and it sounded fine. Started down rd again drove about 4 miles and went to pull into hess station did again and almost shot us through front of store. This time it sounded as though pieces were being shattered inside out of car and checked under hood and under car nothing visible of what was wrong. It was late night so I just wanted to make it home.....tried once more it happened a third time....was mile from home so I drove it again to make day we drove it to dealership. They took it for test drive said it was throttle body. We complained that was not covered under extended warranty so they took it out again to see if might be something else...this time for them car went to 4 rpms and wouldn't go down so gave use loaner car......said they would put us in different car or fix it. Took us to used car lot to get another car then because of credit said no....we are a elderly couple with disabilities and the only car they offered us back in July 2014 was this 2 dr that tried to kill us.....we wanted a 4 dr car not a lil sporty we couldn't get in and out of the back seat! can anyone help us"???" now that it was repaired the next day it is making so much noise I'm afraid to drive please! I haven't gone to get that checked out yet but I will today! please post for other drivers to be aware of these cars......

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 032014

Accent 4-cyl

  • 75,400 miles


I was driving approximately 20mph when I heard a breaking noise from underneath my 2010 Hyundai Accent when I lost steering power, the brakes didn't work and the accelerator as well. This caused me to lose control of my car resulting in me crashing into another parked vehicle. Thank god it wasn't on a hwy going 65-70 mph. I see there aren't any recalls on any of the mentioned problems. Also to note I had to replace a coil pack that I read another owner had problems and the airbag light came on and I'm thinking there's also a problem with that too. Thanks Hyundai for not keeping your consumers safe. How many people have to die in accidents cause of manufacture defects before they investigate and issue a recall. I will never purchase another Hyundai. Buyer be warned!

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 282014

Accent 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Hyundai Accent rear brake lights and the rear windshield brake light do not light up when I press on the pedal. I noticed that there are a couple of complaints on for the same issue. I replaced the fuses, the bulbs, and they still do not work. I researched this and Hyundai has 4 consecutive years 2006-2009 where there is a malfunctioning brake light switch issue. I believe this issue has not been resolved and I plan on letting the dealer know this when I go there tomorrow. I feel this is a major safety issue and they should replace this free of charge given the history of this. I also tried contacting Hyundai directly and said unless there is a recall there is nothing they can do about this. Stated dealers are independent and I would have to talk to dealer about resolving this issue.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 062013


  • 46,000 miles
The brake lamp switch became defective intermittently, approximately 10,000 miles ago. It has now failed completely. Apparently I am not the only one experiencing this problem: this is a serious problem, so I wanted you to know.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 182012

Accent 4-cyl

  • miles
The visor on the driver side broke and just hangs there. The brakes now on three different occasions have failed to stop the car at slow speeds. When the brake is pressed it feels as though they are crumbling. And the car jerks around. Has been brought back to the dealership twice to be told that its just what anti lock brakes do. I have never had that happen on any other car I have owned with antilock brakes. I will never own another Hyundai again, nor will I ever buy anything from that dealership.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 092013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


Brake lights not working. Appears to be problem with brake light switch which has been recalled for other year models.

- Lewisburg, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 042012

Accent 4-cyl

  • 7,743 miles
I was approaching a line of cars stopped at a red light and it was raining. When I applied my brakes the rear wheels of my anti-lock brake system failed and the rear wheels locked up. I slid out of control into the rear of the car in front of me.

- Eureka , CA, USA

problem #1

May 212012

Accent 4-cyl

  • 30,600 miles
From the day I purchased this vehicle (May 21,12) each and every morning when I first apply the brakes they lock up. It so far has never happened any other time. It has been checked by dealer and no problems have been found. I am now in the process of video taping this and bringing it in to show them. It had 30,600 miles when I purchased it. There was one time when I applied the brakes and it didn't stop, I attributed this to my being tired, now I am not so sure. The one thing I do know is not having faith in your brakes is a major problem.

- Ledyard, CT, USA

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