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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,288 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Hyundai Accent seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 172005


  • miles


Front airbags deployed and side impact crash... no airbags deployed two separate crashes with significant damages to vehicle but no airbag deployment.

- Sun City, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 142009


  • 28,000 miles
Non-deployment of airbags after runnung into freeway concrete embankment.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Nov 232006

Accent 4-cyl

  • miles
I was taking my kids out of town for the holiday, we stopped at a rest area in Indiana, left rest stop proceeded to proper speed hit a deer and airbags did not deploy. Car is a wreck and beyond repair, seeking a lawyer to see what possible actions can be taken. Could've lost my kids because of the airbags did not work properly.

- York, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 042006


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


In a frontal impact at approx. 35 mph our air bags did not deploy in our 2003 Hyundai Accent 2dr hatchback. The car was totaled, my husband and I both went to the hospital afterwards with severe bruising and swelling. We still have back pains and stomach pains from the impact. The insurance co. Is still investigating the fault, but don't seem concerned about the air bag failure. I contacted Hyundai usa and they've sent me a package so they can learn about and investigate the issue.

- Barrington, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 302006

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle was involved in a collision with a large commercial truck. The vehicle was pushed into a guardrail, and the frontal air bags did not deploy. Both vehicle occupants sustained minor bruising injuries. The vehicle was taken to a volkwagen service dealer, where the dealer was not able to determine the cause of the problem. There was no police report filed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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problem #3

Nov 272004

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 15 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, both frontal air bags failed to deploy. Driver sustained minor injuries, and was transported to a hospital. Vehicle was towed to a garage, and was totaled.. the vehicle that consumer's vehicle hit was going 25-30 mph. *police report and pictures were enclosed.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 262004

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,300 miles
While driving, stopping at a stop sign, and when pulling out another vehicle speeding hit consumer's vehicle. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Consumer sustained injuries. The vehicle was hit on the left front corner.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 242004

(reported on)


  • 10,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in an accident in which it was hit from behind and slammed into another vehicle head on. The air bags did not deploy upon impact. Please provide any additional information.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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