definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,717 miles

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2012 Hyundai Genesis Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 162016


  • 73,000 miles


Headlights blink on/off when using turn signal. Doing research, I see that many people have complained about this and the fix is to replace the turn signal stalk ($400).

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #15

Aug 272016


  • miles
Headlights flicker on and off when using the turn signal. It occurs when driving the car.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #14

May 222016


  • 58,000 miles
At night headlights turn off momentarily when in motion and using turn signals and turning.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #13

Jan 092016


  • 32,285 miles


Headlights turn off when turn signal is used at night. When making right turn last week at night used right turn signal approximately 100 ft prior to turning. Front lights went out and car turning in front of me almost hit me because they couldn't see me because my lights were off. Other Hyundai Genesis owners report the same problem. Dealer unable to diagnose problem. Headlights flicker when turn signal is used

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #12

Nov 042015


  • 12,000 miles
The headlights randomly turn off when the headlight switch is in the "on" position. This problem has occurred when the car is in motion at various speeds from residential street to freeway, while turning or going straight as well as when it is stationary. After the problem has occurred, touching or moving the turn signal stalk will usually cause the headlights to come back on. The problem has never occurred when the switch is in the "auto" position. The problem has occurred many times but is hard to replicate on demand. It is happening with more frequency now. The Hyundai dealer will not fix the problem because they can not duplicate it on demand.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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problem #11

Aug 052014


  • 40,000 miles
Since I bought this car when I use the turn signals at night, my headlights would turn off a second or two. Also I've noticed a slightest movement or pressure on the turn signal stalk can caused the headlights to flicker. This events occurred randomly, around few times a week, but still causing a hazardous driving condition at night when the headlights are completely off for few seconds. This even occurred randomly when the turn signal stalk is used whether the car is moving or parking. I believed there is a problem with the light on/off & turn signal stalk design that causing the headlights to go off and/or flickering randomly when using the turn signal.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 252015


  • 55,500 miles


What is likely a faulty turn signal stalk causes the vehicle's headlights to either flicker, shut off or flash the high beams regardless if it is stationary or in motion. It manifests itself in various ways; the most recent being on a 5 hour interstate trip. When signaling to change lanes, the high beams would flash which would in turn disturb drivers in front of me. Other times, the lights have flickered and/or turned off entirely for a brief period of time hindering night time visibility. For further reference, I will provide a link to an owner's online forum which discusses other individual's problems like this: genesisowners.com/Hyundai-Genesis-forum/showthread.php?T=12504&page=4

- Kingsville, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 222015


  • 29,000 miles
The headlights will flicker off in the "on" mode when using the turn signals, such as during lane changes. Sometimes will not turn back on until the turn signal stalk is bumped again. Car can be stationary or moving. Does not happen with headlights in "auto" mode.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Oct 132015


  • 14,000 miles
When turning right, headlights in 'on' position and turn indicators functioning headlights flickered then went out for a period of 2-3 seconds once turn signals returned to neutral position. Have experienced same failure several times since initial. Dealer could not duplicate problem and refused to repair. Other Genesis drivers reporting same failure - some have had turn signal stalk replaced under warranty.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #7

Apr 082014


  • 22,245 miles
When turn signal is turned on lights go off for 2 to 5 seconds seems to be getting worse, called dealer was told to bring in car for inspection, this is probably happening to other Genesis owners, have restricted my night driving due to safety concerns.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 312014

Genesis 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


While driving at night on the highway with the lights on automatic setting, taking a exit and put my left blinker on the head lights shut off for a period of two seconds. At times the cruise control does not work, the front and rear sensors come on when is nothing in front or rear of the vehicle. The car as been at the dealer various times and at times they said I have a bad sensor and by the time they look at the vehicle they said that is nothing wrong. The symptoms go away after driving for a couple days, bit I feel that I will get into a accident if the lights don't come back on.

- Scituate, RI, USA

problem #5

Mar 312014


  • 25,000 miles
At night with headlights on when you use turn signals the headlight go out for a moment.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 152012

Genesis 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
While driving at night with headlights set to on used left turn signal and headlights briefly went out. Since then have had approximately 3 or 4 further incidents like this. I believe at least one incident occurred when steering wheel was turned but turn signal not used (was going around curve). Outage lasts for just about a second.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #3

Nov 262013

Genesis 6-cyl

  • 22,085 miles
Hyundai Genesis sedan w/tech package. While driving down a poorly lit road at approximately 50 mph, I activated my right turn blinker to turn right at an upcoming intersection. As soon as I selected the turn signal, both headlights went out for a period of 1 - 2 seconds, then came back on. Since the road was dark, I was literally driving blind and could have ended in a very serious accident. There has apparently been a few Genesis sedans reporting this same issue, but this was the first time this has happened to me. When I got home, I noticed that my headlight switch was in the on position. There is also the auto position. When in on, I could duplicate the issue randomly by selecting the turn signals, thought it wasn't consistent. When in auto, I could not duplicate the problem.

- Scott Afb, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 082013

Genesis 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
The headlights completely turn off for around a second when turn signal is engaged or disengaged. Problem happens sporadically and has only been observed when the headlights are in the on, not auto mode. This sudden and brief, unexpected lack of visibility at night is dangerous.

- Fox Lake, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 062013

Genesis 6-cyl

  • 20,851 miles
There has been numerous occasions when my headlights are on and I engage a turn signal, both headlights turn-off for a period of about 1 to 2 seconds. This can be deadly when traveling at a significant speed during hours of darkness.

- Scott Afb, IL, USA

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