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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
19 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,156 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jun 192011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was recently in a car accident which was my fault, however the airbag did not go off or was never there to begin with ( its a used car). The crash was head on and the airbag most definitely should have gone off.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #21

Jan 232011

Elantra

  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph when the front driver side air bag deployed independently. The contact was injured as a result. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 178,000. Updated 03/29/11 updated 12/20/11

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #20

Feb 192003

Elantra

  • 9,980 miles
I owned 1 2002 Hyundai Elantra, in which I was involved in a serious accident on the freeway. My car was only 5 months old when this accident occurred. This car was purchased because it had been equipped with 4 airbags, which included head protection. This accident occurred on February 19, 2003. I was hit by a semi truck, mainly on the drivers side, to which none of the 4 airbags deployed. Hyundai had been contacted, to which they claim there was no possible fault of the manufacturer. I am permanently disabled due to this accident, which left me with a brain injury as well as numerous permanent issues. We are working with senator timothy grindell in the state of Ohio, to make "road rage" (which had been the reason for this accident), in trying to make road rage a punishable crime in the state of Ohio. We have not been compensated in any way from Hyundai motor company, not even another vehicle, since my car had been totaled. Can you please tell me if anything can be done since I recently found out that there has been a recall on the exact part that they found to be faulty, in that none of the air bags deployed. I am eager to get some kind of information, with the hopes of helping others in the future, in that these cars are unsafe, and that Hyundai will not take any kind of responsibility in this case. I appreciate any kind of help in my case, thank you very much!

- Montville, OH, USA

problem #19

May 012009

Elantra

  • 62,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I currently own a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. The airbag light came on one day for no apparent reason. I took it to a local Hyundai dealership service garage and they explained that the wiring underneath the front passenger seat had become disconnected due to a few items that were under the seat. I called Hyundai Consumer Affairs to see if there had been a recall on this, as it seemed odd to me that this could happen simply due to an object being underneath a car seat, and they indicated there was indeed a recall for this same exact situation for my year, make and model, but that the manufacture date on my vehicle was approximately 6 months outside of the range of the recall, so there was nothing they could do about it. I find it suspect that they cannot cover the cost to fix this issue, which is exactly the same as the current recall description, just because they determined that my vehicle is outside the manufacturing date range. I would like my vehicle included in this recall so that this does not happen again, causing a potential safety issue. The recall information can be found on your website. The NHTSA action number is EA08012.

- Chippewa Falls, WI, USA

problem #18

Jan 212008

Elantra

  • miles
The car Hyundai 2002 Elantra used to be very good car.it did not give me complain during 4 years. But when 80,000 miles covered the air bags lights keep on and off during high speed. But then problem come to normal and engine light does not go away.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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problem #17

May 052006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,623 miles
During a 35 mph direct frontal collision with another vehicle, both front air bags (driver's side and passenger's side) failed to deploy.

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #16

Nov 202005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Airbags on my 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT did not go off when I had a head on collision with a guardrail at high speed. No injuries except whiplash, luckily!

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #15

Mar 102005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,500 miles
I was rear-ended at high speed and struck the car to my front with significant impact. My car is a total loss. My front end is crumpled in half, bumper completely torn off as well. My airbag did not deploy. Officers at the scene and other credible sources suggest it should definitely deployed based on the damage. I suffered compressed neck vertebrae.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 192005

Elantra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Head on collision, drivers side, airbags did not deploy, three people in the car all sustained injuries, driver was transported to the hospital....damage to the car from this accident is considered a total loss.......my biggest concern is why didn't my airbags deploy?

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #13

Nov 242004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, both frontal air bags failed to deploy. This caused the driver to sustain major injuries, and was transported to the hospital. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for inspection.

- West Valley, UT, USA

problem #12

Jan 072003

Elantra

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Frontal air bag failure.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #11

Sep 222004

Elantra

  • 23,000 miles
When rear ended 40 mph front air bags did not deploy. Consumer had the vehicle towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Oakdale, NY, USA

problem #10

Jun 272004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in an accident and the engine compartment caught on fire. The consumer believed the accident was due to recall (04V178000) regarding the fuel tank.

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 152004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
While driving 40 mph in the rain, the consumer applied the brakes, however the brakes went to the floor and the consumer lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle collided head on with several trees. The consumer was wearing his seat belt, but the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled and the consumer was injured in the accident.

- Bartonsville, PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 272004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
On the evening of 6/27, my son was driving our 2002 Hyundai Elantra. There were three other passengers in the vehicle. A deer ran in front of the vehicle, and my son veered off to the right (in an attempt to avoid hitting the deer), ran off the shoulder of the road, and into a ditch. The vehicle did not roll over, but it came to rest on it's right side. The two front and two side airbags did not deploy. A fire ignited (almost immediately) in the engine compartment area of the vehicle. All passengers were wearing seat belts, and through the grace of god, all were able to escape the vehicle before it became thoroughly engulfed in flames.this is related to the fuel tank assembly recall 04V178000

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 162003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,329 miles
On board computer failed to deploy airbag and seat belt did not hold during an accident which resulted in injury to my neck and back.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 312003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
My daughter was driving our 2002 Hyundai Elantra when she hit someone from behind. All of the injuries from this accident were minor, but the rear seatbelt became a major concern. Our grandson, who is almost 2 years old, was in his carseat in the back seat on the passengers side. His seatbelt did not hold his seat. He and the carseat were thrown forward against the back of the front seat. He had some bruising on his knee and struggled to walk for a day or two and this seems to be the extent of his inbjuries. However, I am concerned about what would happen if this had been a more serious crash. I spoke with the local dealer, hunters Chevrolet, and they gave me some crap about sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. it all depended on the amount of enertia the car seat generated when it flew forward. This doesn't sound right or safe to me. Also, I am interested in finding out why the driver's airbag did not deploy.

- Dana, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 172003

Elantra

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Brakes locked up and skidded for approximately 50 ft. At below speed limit causing rear end collision. Car bumper was punctured by tail pipe of vehicle in front and air bags did not deploy.

- Roslyn, PA, USA

problem #4

May 122003

Elantra

  • miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and none of the air bags deployed.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 172002

Elantra

  • miles
While driving 55mph car rolled over 3 times and off a cliff 40feet, and air bags did not deploy.

- Takoma, WA, USA

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