really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,450 miles

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2009 Hyundai Elantra electrical problems

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2009 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 062016


  • 71,000 miles


My Hyundai Elantra touring 2009 eps light coming on.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #9

May 122011


  • 12,000 miles
Airbag warning light on the dashboard would turn on when the passenger seat was moved forward. We received a recall on the issue and it "appeared" to fix the issue once completed, but the issue has been happening intermittently throughout the past four years. Today, the airbag warning light stays on at all times as of July 5, 2015.

- Fairview, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 032014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Backing out of a "fast food" drive thru lane, car did not turn, as normal, and struck a pole with the passenger side back panel. At the time I had no explanation for why car didn't follow the driveway curve. I have never as an adult had an at fault accident, and had no explanation for this. The part has been recalled on my car. I am on a fixed income & could not afford to get car repaired. I put report into Hyundai, but need to know liability for "accident" & repairs. I called your phone line & was put in touch with Hyundai & have case #[xxx]. this form won't allow me to enter "eps control unit". information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 022015


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owned a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the trunk lid opened independently, the alarm activated, and all the doors locked and unlocked. The contact mentioned that there was smoke coming from inside the vehicle, which failed to shift into the park position. The fire department extinguished the fire and diagnosed the fire as an electrical fire. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was not filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Detroit , MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 082014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Airbag sensor passenger seat assembly reads that there is someone sitting in passenger seat when no one is in seat.

- Chula Vista , CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 082013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
On my way to work on August 8, 2013, I was on the freeway in the early morning rush hour traffic driving approximately 50 mph when my power steering went complete out and the eps light came. I took the vehicle to the Hyundai dealership and after they inspected the vehicle, they indicated that it was a known issue and they had developed an update that they could upload it to to the computer responsible for the power steering in the vehicle. Once the update was run, the vehicle was driving like normal. This morning on July 4, 2014, I went to start my vehicle and was driving again in the early morning rush hour traffic, and low and behold the eps light came on again. I will be contacting the dealership first thing in the morning and asking they inspect the vehicle. I doubt that this time an update will fix the problem as it has occurred twice now and expect that it will cost tons to fix the vehicle. This time I have done research on various Hyundai forums and just googling the term "eps light Hyundai Elantra 2009" and found that many individuals are experiencing the same issue with the eps light. This is a hazard and is something that needs to be investigated. It could cause someone serious injury if their power steering unexpectedly goes out on the freeway or in the middle of a turn.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 052011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Car alarm activates at random when parked, incessant noise and work problem. Car gear stuck-stop lamp switch repaired-later recall, cd malfunction-ate disc, door sensor indicator lights stuck on, battery dies despite diagnostic tests on battery and alternator revealing no problems.

- Ashland , OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 072011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Brake lights(all three) stopped working at the same time. Despite changing fuses and bulbs, they still will not work. Wires appear to connect properly.

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 062011


  • 67,500 miles
Panic alarm engages on its own (while parked) in driveway or work parking lot. Checked all doors, hood, trunk to ensure they were closed. Has not happened while car is in motion. When using key fob(manuf supplied) problem still persist. Press lock dr button(30-40 min later) alarm sounds, press unlock button(40-60 min later) alarm sounds or does not come on again. Press lock button to secure car, doors click twice but alarm engagement sound or light verification does not happen. This happens at random so I am sure if taken to dealer it will not happen or they will not confirm it is happening. I can not see any loose wires, blocked contacts or anything that might cause problem. Don't think it is the battery. Its has to be a short or a computer problem.

- Town Of Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 222010


  • 49,000 miles
ESC switch failure causing brake lights to go off.

- Awef, MN, USA

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