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:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,894 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.

2012 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

brakes problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2012 Hyundai Elantra:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #6

Aug 132012


  • miles


The contact owned a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brakes failed and the contact crashed the vehicle into a pole. The air bags did not deploy without warning. The contact sustained knee and chest injuries, but medical attention was not required. A police report was filed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V871000 (electronic stability control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 012015


  • 45,000 miles
My car has been having issues with starting. The problem isn't all the time. I'm not sure what the trigger is, but one or twice a week, it won't start. I thought it was the battery, but it's not. I changed it and still giving me issues. I read online and found that it might be the range switch because people that has this issue had their range switch replaced and no more issue. Before they replaced the range switch, they recommended to put in "N" position before start, which I did and it worked for a while. Now, I have to put the E-brakes on before it cranks. The last couple of weeks, I have issues with locking my car. Neither the electronic push button on the door nor remote works. I had to manual lock it with the key. But this issue isn't all the time either. It only happened 6 times so far.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

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

Not what you are looking for?