definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,184 miles

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2007 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 112008


  • 28,184 miles


Own a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. Last year I had to take it to the dealer after the shift gear locked on me in the drive position. I was unable to move the shift to the parked position had to use a screw driver to manually release the gear and shifted to park. I drove my car home that day the next day I used a screw driver again and shifted to drive and drove the car to the dealer. On the way to the dealer other driver on the road blew their horns alerted me that I had no brake lights. Eventhough my head lights and rear lights were on. I pulled over and sure enough the brake lights were not working. I again went through the motions with the shifter and manage to drive the car to the dealer with the emergency flashers on. At the dealer they told me that the brake switch that operated the brake lights and shift gear burnt out and was replaced. I expressed the seriousness of the situation, driving around with no brake lights and the dealer just brushed it off and told me that I would not have the problem again. Well yesterday (9/11/08) it happened to me again on my way to my job in jersey city New Jersey. The shifter locked in the drive position and the brake lights were out again. Again I had to manually shift the gear to park then back to drive in order to drive to my job a few minutes away from the incident. At 11pm I drove from my job to my home, without brake lights. This morning I drove my car under the same conditions to the Hyundai in North plainfield, New Jersey to get the car repaired. Again I expressed the seriousness of this situation how it could cause a serious accident. The dealer again indicated that the problem was caused by a faulty brake switch, they changed the switch and told me that the problem was repaired that I should not experience it again. I am reporting this to your Agency because this is a life threatening situation having no brake lights and shifter locking into place without any warning. I feel the car should be recalled.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

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