Emergency braking and lane departure issues are the major causes of complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
The Hyundai Elantra is one of the automaker’s top selling vehicles. It topped 3-million sales in 2017 and increased this figure by more than another ¾ of a million by early 2023. Hyundai boasts that it offers a “significant value advantage” with a package that incorporates advanced safety technologies. This may be so, but owners whose Elantra’s headlights, and emergency braking and lane keeping assist systems malfunction aren’t convinced about the safety element.
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Most Common Problems
The most common problems owners of the 2023 Hyundai Elantra are complaining about relate to forward collision avoidance and the sedan’s emergency braking system. There are also complaints to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) about lane keeping assist, headlight and door lock malfunctions, as well as sunroofs exploding and rodents eating windshield wiper hoses.
The wiper issue came to the attention of an owner in Florida who found that water wasn’t coming out of the windshield wiper hose. He tried to fill it with water, but it all dripped out. He took the sedan to a Hyundai dealer who said rodents had eaten the hose and charged him $252.43 to replace it.
“I read online (about) many claims against Hyundai for using soy-based products in the engine components that attract rodents. I learned that two of my friends who own Hyundais had similar problems with rodents eating wires and hoses. If it was at night when my windshield was compromised I could have had an accident. Hyundai has turned a defect into a moneymaker. Shame on them! Please help.”
There is also a serious recall that affects airbags in both the 2023 and 2022 models. NHTSA Campaign Number 22V632000 states that hundreds of Elantras have emblems on the driver’s front airbag that may not have been welded properly. The issue is that if these detach when the airbags deploy, there is a danger that they will strike someone in the car, increasing the risk of injury. If your Elantra is affected, a Hyundai dealer will replace the entire airbag free of charge.
2023 Hyundai Elantra Complaint Summary
|Number of Complaints
|Unknown Or Other
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
|Vehicle Speed Control
Problems with Emergency Braking
Also reported as being forward collision avoidance issues, the Elantra’s emergency braking problem is nothing new. There are many complaints on forums and to the NHTSA about the same issue affecting 2021 and 2022 models.
In a complaint to the NHTSA, an owner from Arizona states he was “driving at about 40 mph on a city street with no cars in front” of the Elantra. The “car dash flashed red advising (that it was) engaging emergency braking,” which is applied for a couple of seconds. It “then stopped and (the) warning went away.
In another NHTSA complaint, the owner of a 2023 Elantra from California describes a “false emergency braking” incident that happened when a car from behind was passing. While driving in the left lane at about 43 mph, with no vehicles ahead, he saw a vehicle applying emergency brakes, and a message popped up. “At the same time there was a small truck passing me from behind in lane 2 at a higher speed than me. It looks like the system is falsely detecting there is a crash from (the) back and applying brakes.“
This owner posted the same complaint on Hyundai-Forums. Another member of the forum responded that “I had the exact same thing happen to me. Reported.” To which the owner from California replied saying that “Hyundai is not willing to take this up. I reported to (the) dealer and Hyundai Care, but no support.”
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Lane Departure Problems
An owner from Texas states in an NHTSA complaint that on multiple occasions, on highways and urban roads, “the Lane Keeping Assist system has forced me out of my lane.” It is clearly a malfunction because it takes control of the car’s steering wheel “to move me out of the lane while also failing to trigger my Lane Departure Warning. One time, LKA jerked over into a lane of oncoming traffic. Another time it jerked me out of my lane into a near collision with a concrete lane barrier. And another time, the LKA jerked out of the lane almost into a curb.”
Other Reported Malfunctions
Two other malfunctions relate to an auto light feature that controls the headlights and doors that can’t be locked manually. In both cases, Hyundai claimed that the features were operating as designed and refused assistance.
A complaint by a Wisconsin owner states that the Elantra is equipped with an auto light feature that allows the headlights to turn on at night while the dash light becomes dim. But, the headlights were turning on during the day, impairing his vision of the road. Additionally, the instrument panel lights were becoming dim, stopping him from monitoring the instrument cluster. No warning lights were illuminated. He took the car to the dealer who sent the vehicle data and a report to the manufacturer. The manufacturer maintained that the vehicle, with only 500 miles, was operating as designed.
A Michigan owner with only about 45 miles discovered that the Elantra door could only be securely locked by using the key fob. He was unable to lock the door manually. His complaint was that the door was failing to lock as designed and there was no warning light to alert him. The dealership insisted it was operating as designed and neither they nor the manufacturer were prepared to offer assistance.
What to do if your 2023 Hyundai Elantra is a Lemon?
If you have recurring problems that make you think your 2023 Hyundai Elantra is a lemon, it’s a good idea to get a lemon lawyer to do an assessment. There’s nothing to stop you approaching Hyundai yourself, but most times you’ll have more success with a professional doing the negotiations for you. Every year manufacturers like Hyundai replace, buy back, or trade in vehicles to lemon owners. And the law makes Hyundai pay lemon law legal fees.
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