2015, 2016 Hyundai Elantra Steering Wheel Problems and Complaints

One of the most basic things you expect your new Hyundai Elantra to do is drive straight down the road, but there are numerous owners who complain that the car not only doesn’t drive straight, but the steering wheel can lock up and they can’t turn at all.

Indeed, the worst problem with the 2015 and 2016 Hyundai Elantra cars is by far issues involving the steering wheel. Many owners have complained that the steering wheel will suddenly lock up and drivers are unable to turn. One motorist was unable to avoid hitting a railing and crashed into it causing significant damage to the rear passenger door and tail lights. Fortunately no one was hurt, but no doubt this was a traumatic event and this car needed to be fixed.

Another driver had the steering wheel get stuck in the turn position and they were unable to straighten it, but fortunately there were no injuries involved.

There is other problems with the steering in the Hyundai Elantra and it has to do with drifting into other lanes or changing lanes with the slightest movement of the steering wheel. Several drivers have complained about this problem of the car wandering back and forth as they try to maintain it on a straight pathway on the freeway. The problem is likened to trying to steer the car on black ice.

Other Elantra owners have complained that the steering wheel in their car was not centered and was off to one side.

The dealerships do not seem to be able to fix this problem, but it’s not clear whether this was affecting more than a few lemons or if it was more widespread.

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lemon law attorneyMotorists who are grappling with ongoing problems with their Hyundai Elantra or another vehicle, could be eligible for compensation under California Lemon Laws.

Johnson Attorneys Group is dedicated to helping people and has served thousands of clients over the years. We helped them resolve their lemon law cases and we can help you. Call us for a FREE CONSULTATION at 800-235-6801. Remember that our attorneys fees do not come out of your settlement because the manufacturer is required to pay them directly to us under California Lemon Laws.


James Johnson ESQ

4 Comments on “2015, 2016 Hyundai Elantra Steering Wheel Problems and Complaints”

  1. Shortly after buying my 2016 Elantra, the tires wore out, at about 10,000 miles. We assumed it was because of cheap tires. When first winter came and I drove on ice, the car was all over the road, without turning steering wheel. We than decided to take it to local dealer to get 4 wheel alignment, thinking that was problem. He stated the second set of tires were wore out, at 20,000 miles and needed to replace them before alignment. We replaced them with the best all season tires available. We than took it back in to our local dealer. He stated that he could not get it back into alignment, axle seemed bent and told us to take it to Hyundai dealer in Fargo. We took it to Fargo and they said they made some adjustments and it was now ok. We drove the rest of that year and when winter came again and I hit ice, I lost it again. We took it back to our local dealer and again tires were shot, at 50,000 miles and we replaced them again. He than tried aligning car and again stated back axle seemed bent. We took it back to Fargo and with a lot of convincing, had them check out back axle. They finally admitted it was bad and replaced axle and realigned car. Worked good thru summer and this winter, when hitting ice, it was all over road. I am not sure what to do next, other than don’t drive car in winter and replace tires every 15,000 miles.

  2. My wife has a 2016 ELANTRA and I noticed when I was driving it today that when you’re driving along straight and you go to barely turn the steering wheel to the right it kind of catches almost as if it’s being held but then it releases. It’s not real distinct but it’s definitely there.

    1. Hi David,

      Sorry you are having these problems with your car, but if you would like to speak with us about a potential case please call us at 800-235-6801 for a free consultation.

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