Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,628 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

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2003 Hyundai Elantra:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2003 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #15

Sep 132010

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The contact was traveling 25 mph and swerved in order to avoid hitting a deer. When the contact swerved, he crashed into a rock head on; however, the air bags did not deploy. The contact was able to drive the vehicle back to her residence. The contacts insurance company inspected the vehicle and stated that it was destroyed. The contact has held onto the vehicle in order to find out why the air bags did not deploy. Over time the contact noticed that the steering wheel was coming apart and that the air bag was exposed. The vehicle had not been inspected by the dealer. The contact wants to know why the air bags did not deploy. The failure and current mileages were 85000. Updated 01/12/11 updated 03/28/11

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #14

Sep 112010


  • 95,000 miles
Driving down the road bout 25-30 miles swerved (very sharp) didn't think it should have been such a sharp turn- anyway swerved from hitting a deer- so I did accelerate and ended up with a direct front hit- car is totaled- actually lost a piece of what holds the engine up the bolt is broken in half-hood of car can not be opened - impact through my neck and back out- no airbags.

- Wakefield , MA, USA

problem #13

Apr 042009


  • 60,000 miles
My son was driving a 2003 Hyundai Elantra and hit black ice on interstate 81S at approximately 60mph. He lost control of the car and it spun and hit the center guardrail. The vehicle was a total loss. The airbags did not deploy. Fortunately, he was unhurt, but I have searched the web and there are many complaints about this issue posted at various sites. But it seems that Hyundai is not taking action.

- Syracuse, NM, USA

problem #12

Nov 242007


  • 49,825 miles


A deer leaped in front of my car causing me to crash into the divider on highway - no airbags deployed during this incident.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #11

Jul 072006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
I was in an automobile accident on 7/7/06 and my airbag in my 2003 Hyundai Elantra GT did not activate. There was extensive damage to the front end. The car is totaled.

- Windsor, CT, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #10

Oct 162002

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,461 miles
Contact stated on 10-16-2002 his wife was driving at 20 mph and was involved in an accident. Someone hit the contacts vehicle on the left front wheel on the driver's side, but it also affected the passenger's side which was where their handicapped son was sitting and was injured. The passenger side air bag came out, but it was not inflated, it was torn. Hyundai said they were not responsible. Everyone was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. There were pictures, and a police report. The air bag displayed a 4-5 inch gash. It deployed but it was flat. The vehicle was a total loss.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #9

May 212005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. Contact states there was a right side frontal impact collision the drivers side air bag did not deploy. Contact has not been to the service dealer or contacted the manufacturer.

- Winslow, ME, USA

problem #8

May 122004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 35 mph, the consumer's vehicle was involved in a front end collision. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy and the seat belt did not hold the passenger, no warning light appeared prior to the crash.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 172004


  • 3,500 miles
While driving at 20 mph, the vehicle in front of the consumer made a sudden stop. The consumer crashed into the back of the other vehicle. There were no injuries in either vehicle. The consumer was wearing seat a belt, but the air bags did not deploy.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #6

May 032004


  • 28,000 miles
Consumer's vehicle was hit on the passenger side door at 45 mph by another vehicle.. this occurred while the vehicle was at a complete stop, but idling. Upon impact, passenger side air bag and the frontal air bags failed to deploy. As a result, passenger's head hit the window, and his side hit the console. Also, driver sustained neck injuries and bruises.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #5

May 122004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


While driving 35 mph consumer was involved in a front end collision. Upon impact the air bags did not deploy nor did the air bag light illuminate prior to the crash. The driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

May 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was involved in a car accident and the driver's air bag did not deploy and the passenger's did. The dealeship tells me that the driver's side air bag did not deploy because I had my seatbelt on and there was no weight on the seat and that the passenger side deployed because the was no seatbelt on and there was weight on the seat. I don't understand how this makes sense because ther was nothing or no one on the passenger side. I was driving and I would like to know why my air bag did not deploy. I was hit on the driver's side so I just don't understand.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 092003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,333 miles
The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times because it was not stopping when braking. On 9/9/2003, while trying to stop at a stop sign, the brakes failed. The vehicle hit a truck and the front air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained injuries to the pelvic area and bruises on the upper legs. Front passenger's head broke the windshield, and passenger suffered seizures. Child in the rear, age 11, sustained arm bruises. Driver and passengers were transported to the emergency room for treatment. The vehicle was assessed by a repair mechanic, who determined air bag sensors were impacted, and the brakes failed. The vehicle would tremble, the A/C did not work, the engine light was intermittent (go on and off), and the seat belts were inoperative. (which occurred 2 weeks after purchase)

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 142003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
While driving approximately 10 mph during a snow storm, the vehicle began to fish-tail and hit another vehicle. The front air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained bruises to the chest area and injured the back and neck areas. Please provide any additional information.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

May 222003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles
The vehicle was involved in a collision, and the driver's air bag did not deploy.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

Not what you are looking for?