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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,159 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 Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Aug 292004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,000 miles


2003 Hyundai Elantra traveling at 70mph hit a large deer on highway. Over $6200 damage due to the extensive impact. Brakes were applied and a sudden deceleration occured but airbags did not deploy. The Hyundai dealership body shop said the airbags should deploy in such a major impact but could not explain why they did not. Hyundai will not return calls or offer any help. I feel this is a severe safety concern since the impact was quite substantial and this needs to be addressed by their company.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #4

Oct 312003

Elantra 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Air bag light came on while driving. Vehicle was taken to the dealership. The location of the cup holder posed a problem. Liquid from a drink leaked into air bag harness, and rendered the air bags inoperative. Abl.pco

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 112004


  • miles
Consumer's daughter wa sinvolved in a collision. Consumer's vehicle hit another vehicle that made an illegal turn. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Consumer sustained minor injuries.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 012004


  • miles
While driving at 35 mph front driver's tire blew out, consumer lost control of vehicle and hit an embankment head on. Upon impact, driver's side air bag did not deploy; however, the passenger's side air bag deployed.

- Cape Elizabeth, ME, USA

problem #1

Jan 022004


  • miles
While driving 55 mph driver applied brakes and pedal went to the floor. Vehicle skidded into a parked vehicle. Both airbags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

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