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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,977 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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2005 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 132010

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 8,600 miles


My 05 Hyundai Elantra was involved in a hit and run on the freeway spinning me out of control. I totaled the car and my airbag did not deploy. The person who cause the accident fled the scene. I hit another vehicle and caused front end damage to hers before slamming in the rail. Neither of us broke any bones. As hard as I hit and from all around the car at some point my airbag should have gone off.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 112010


  • 72,632 miles
Airbags did not deploy, 2005 Hyundai Elantra gls, going East on hwy 11, raining and swerved to avoid oncoming vehicle, lost control of the vehicle. The car went airborne over the backside of the culvert and landed on the nose of the vehicle and flipped several times, 5 times is the est given to me. The front and side airbags did not deploy. Many injuries including head injury, cervical strain, muscle spasms, severe contusions to chest, hip, pelvis, arm, knee, neck.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 132005


  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the sensor for the front passenger air bag was inoperative. As a result, the air bag may not deploy in the event of a crash. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 05V395000 (air bags) in 2005. Several months after the repair, the failure resurfaced. The dealer stated that since the vehicle was previously repaired according to the recall, they would not assume any additional responsibility. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 10 and current mileage was 80,000.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 012009


  • miles


Passenger airbag light is on when an average sized adult is in the passenger seat. Indicating the airbag will not deploy in an accident.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #7

Mar 192005


  • 1,000 miles
1. air bag light is on when an adult passengers is sitting in front seat (air bag is off) 2. almost every time it goes on and off when in traffic. 3. vehicle was brought to dealer about 5 times regarding this problem with negative results.

- Syosset, NY, USA

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problem #6

Mar 202008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
I was in a car accident with my 2005 Hyundai Elantra. My front end of my vehicle was significantly damaged. Identical to the other vehicle. My air bag didn't deploy and my seatbelt didn't latch. I slid under the belt up to my ribs, smashing my knee, feet and fist into the dash. My airbag light lit up as if my airbag deployed. My repair man was appalled that the airbag didn't deploy. He said I had very significant damage and it should have deployed. I don't believe I would have been injured to the degree that I was in the accident. I am supposed to get my car back tomorrow (repaired!?) nothing was done to address the airbag situation except resetting the light on the dash. Hyundai replaced the seatbelt, they told my repair man that the pre-tensor went off as it should...that is a lie. Otherwise I wouldn't have slid under the seatbelt. I think this is a huge coverup. I know of another victim of the Hyundai 5 star crash rating....I will have her contact you as well.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #5

Apr 152007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Passenger side airbag light will be on indicating that the passenger side airbag is off. There will be an adult passenger in the passenger seat when this occurs. I have had it to the dealer twice and the passenger side airbag light still comes on when there is a full size adult in the passenger seat.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 202005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
On Wednesday, July 15, 2005 a young man was racing on U.S. highway 75 in sherman. He rear-ended another southbound car and knocked across a grassy median, into my car head on. My airbag on the driver side deployed immediately, however, the passenger bag did not deploy right away resulting in serious injury to one of my passengers, toni folsom. On initial impact, toni flew forward and her head impacted the windshield, the seat belt then yanked her back and she flew forward again and only then did the airbag deploy. Toni had a broken nose, concussion, 30 stitches in her face, and a perforated colon from the seat belt. The car was totaled. My concern is the fact the airbag deployed late. I know of another man whose sensor in his 2004 Hyundai Elantra is not working for his passenger bag and the dealership keeps telling him there is nothing wrong with it. Please check into this matter. Thank you, cherie odom.

- Sherman, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 132005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag did not deploy in high speed crash.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 012005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The consumer was involved in an accident on April 1, 2005. During the accident the air bag did not deploy and the air bag light illuminated. The seat belts also failed to lock during impact.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
Car involved in a low speed (20-25mph) collision. Front left quarter panel engaged rear right of pickup bed. No hood damage occured, minor bumper damage but extensive damage to front left axle assemble when it was broke loose from mountings. Air bag deployed on drivers side. The drivers side seatbelt failed to anchor on hard brake or on impact causing the driver to be flung forward injuring the drivers left shoulder and causing the drivers hand to hit the windshield hard enough to break the windshield. It is unclear weather the air bag deployment caused the arm to hit the windshield. Seatbelt jamed in extended position raising concern by the body repair shop and replacement of the entire seatbelt unit. Furture the body repair shop said that the "burn ring" was not burnt indicating the force retract never engaged upon air bag deployment and seatbelt was not ever retracted after the acciedent -- meaning the way it was extended is the way it was at the time the air bag deployed. Body repair shop has been instructed to return the broked seatbelt assemble to me up on completion of the repairs to the car.

- Mulberry, AR, USA

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