GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Business

January 22, 2013

Are there acceleration problems with the '06 Elantra?

Q: On Dec. 5, I drove into the public garage in Naples, Fla., with my 2006 Hyundai Elantra. I noticed as I turned onto the first level on the right that someone was pulling out of a space. There was a car on both sides of the car pulling out. I waited until they pulled out and then slowly proceeded to position my car into the empty space. My car just accelerated so fast, and I saw that I was going to crash into a concrete wall. I must have realized that I was going to be hurt, so I pulled my legs toward my face. The air bag exploded and, of course, the car became smoky. I immediately got out of the car and was quite shaken up. The car was determined to be totaled. I received an insurance surcharge notice, which I filled out, and had to send $50 to be heard at an appeal date pending. I read your article titled “Sudden acceleration problems should be pursued,” and I found it interesting and informative. Do you know of any other articles or reports about the 2006 Hyundai Elantra accelerating? I plan to take your article to the hearing but would like to give them more stories about the Elantra acceleration.

A: If had my way, we would put throttle cables back in cars. Unfortunately, the drive-by-wire system is considered to be a move forward, and most likely, it is here to stay. Unfortunately, there have been quite a few incidents of unintended acceleration. Prior to the drive-by-wire, unintended acceleration was usually caused by a driver with feet too big in a Jeep with pedals too close. But, that’s a different article altogether. One website to start your research would be http://suddenacceleration.com/. There, you will find a lot of articles and links to reasons, court cases and everything to do with this problem.

Car Care Tip: Your car should be equipped with a flashlight. If it’s not, choose an LED flashlight. If you do have one, be sure to check it for operational condition.

---

Larry Rubenstein is a master technician who owns a North Shore service station. His column appears every Saturday. Write to Larry at the Gloucester Daily Times, c/o Auto Scanner, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or send an email to scanauto@aol.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Business Videos
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best AP Review: Amazon Fire Adds Spark to Smartphones All Aboard! LIRR Strike Averted Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Time Warner Rejects Murdoch's Takeover Bid Yellen Says Economy Still Needs Fed Support Cleveland Expects Economic Boom From Lebron Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Downside of Low Mortgage Rates? Less Selling Cupcake Shop Crumbs Shuttering All Its Stores San Francisco Prepares for Soda Battle Dow Breaks Record 17,000 GM Crash Compensation Could Top $1 Billion GM Won't Limit Crash Compensation Funds