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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,940 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

problem #6

Jun 022014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 57,465 miles


I had a low speed accident approximately 10-20mph in a parking lot where I hit a cement surrounding of a pole on the driver side and the airbag deployed on the passengers side causing significant damage to the windshield, busted the dash vents, locked my drivers seatbelt and shattered windshield glass all over the car.

- Stanardsville, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012013


  • 105,000 miles
A few months back I began noticing that my check engine light came on. Would take 10- 15 mins to fill up gas tank. Sensor was triggered every few seconds, suggesting gas tank was full, but it was not. Took it to the dealer and was told there was nothing wrong with the car. With in the last month I have been noticing that rear automatic locking seat belt is not staying locked. Child car seats do not stay secured. Car occasionally stalls when started, and air bag light does not illuminate to determine if air bag will deploy or not.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jan 262010

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Drivers side seat belt fails to retract and does not fit tightly due to failure to retract, leaving driver unprotected.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #3

Oct 262010


  • 31,841 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The drivers side seat belt would not retract back to the original position after in was used. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the seat belt failure was not covered by the warranty and the repairs would cost $391 to replace a part of the seat belt. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 31,841.

- Ilion, NY, USA

problem #2

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

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problem #1

Jan 152003


  • miles
The driver side seat belt was to tight around the drivers neck.

- Redlands, CA, USA

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