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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,250 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.

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2004 Hyundai Accent seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 292015


  • 79,000 miles


Takata recall on 11/29/2015 driving on Pennsylvania turnpike going 60-65 mph vehicle in front stopped. Impact totaled car. Hood crumbled up, headlight with complete housing destroyed, radiator spilled fluid, engine caught on fire and my head hit windshield. No weather issues. Accident occurred around 12:30 pm. Police report was filed and car towed. Airbags did not deploy.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 072015


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Hyundai Accent. While driving approximately 30 mph, another vehicle rear ended the contact's vehicle. The air bags deployed; however, the contact sustained burns on the arm that required medical attention. It was unknown which air bag caused the injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Faco, ME, USA

problem #4

Sep 292014


  • 32,000 miles
Wife, 64, was driving our one-owner 2004 Hyundai Accent gl on private road approx 15 mph when airbags deployed without any impact of any sort to vehicle. Wife was badly bruised on arms and face and windshield was shattered by passenger side airbag cover when bags deployed. We were fortunate that she was not on busy street or on interstate as this would have certainly resulted in a wreck with severe bodily injury or possible death. Local Hyundai dealership (perkins motors, Colorado springs) refused to do anything. Hyundai hq customer service committed to "sending us a packet of paperwork to be filled out and returned to them by us and they would get back to us in 6 to 8 weeks once it was received to see if they would do anything." No one from Hyundai has expressed any interest in seeing the vehicle or responding to a potentially very hazardous vehicle. I am very concerned about their lack of any sense of obligation to see what went wrong and how it might be avoided in the future. Their attitude is that it's our problem and the fact that it is a major safety issue doesn't concern them in the slightest.

- Woodland Park, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 222014

Accent 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


While driving over a speed bump the driver was distracted by children playing in street. The driver veered right striking a telephone pole head on. The air bags failed to deploy. Driver not seriously injured, however the vehicle was total.

- Staten Island , NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 212006

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Involved in T-bone type collision. I was struck on driver's side ( T- bone).while pulling out of a driveway. She was going at least 30-35 mph. Front and side impact air bags failed to deploy. My head struck window. Collision resulted in my car being totaled.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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problem #1

Aug 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
I was involved in an accident. I T-boned a car that pulled out in front of me going appx. 35 mph and the air bags did not deploy.

- Webster, TX, USA

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