Hyundai Elantra Drivers Need to Watch Out for Unintended Acceleration

Published on August 28, 2023 in Recalls by The Car Guide

Unintended acceleration problems are forcing Hyundai to recall thousands of Elantra sedans in North America, more specifically Elantra Hybrid models.

In some cases, the car may slowly accelerate after the brake pedal is released. The company says this problem can only happen under certain conditions after the vehicle enters "fail-safe" mode.

Over two dozen incidents have been reported so far, according to documents sent by Hyundai to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Fortunately, none of them have involved a crash or injuries to occupants.

Nearly 38,000 Elantra Hybrids will be recalled south of the border and an additional 6,014 in Canada. Affected units include 2021-2023 models.

Photo: Hyundai

Hyundai will notify owners by mail starting this fall and advise them to take their Elantra to a dealership to update the motor control unit (MCU) software. In the meantime, the company assures that “owners can continue driving these vehicles as the brake systems are fully operational and effective in slowing the vehicle.”

Refreshed Elantra Coming for 2024

Since the current generation of the Hyundai Elantra dates back to 2021, the popular compact sedan will receive cosmetic revisions and other changes for the 2024 model year, as was previewed earlier this year when the Korean-spec Avante first hit the web.

What should customers expect? The Car Guide will attend a presentation of the new 2024 Elantra and 2024 Sonata on Wednesday, so come back in a couple of days for more information and pictures.

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