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Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,554 miles

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2005 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Sep 062016


  • 72,000 miles


Air bag light keep on coming and going off

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #38

May 242016

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 30 mph or higher, another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The front passenger side window shattered and the door fractured on the contact's vehicle. The driver sustained neck injuries, arm pains, bruising to the hips, and a pulled muscle in the right leg. The rear passenger sustained bruising to the left eye, hip, and head. The child passenger sustained whiplash and abrasions to the arm. Medical attention was required. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed and parked. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V395000 (air bags), but did not receive notification of the recall repair. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000. Updated 07/27/16

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #37

Jun 152015


  • 55,104 miles
The occupant classification system (OCS) installed in the right front seat of the vehicle will not turn off and will not detect a person in that seat and turn the "passenger seat air bag off" light off. This has been a reoccurring problem in other Hyundai vehicles and recalls have been issued. For some reason, the Elantra has not been included even though it uses the same system and there have been many complaints. This is a definite safety issue and needs attention..

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #36

Dec 102014


  • 16,500 miles


The contact owned a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 35 mph, a vehicle in front stalled causing the contact to rear end the vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained chest injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of this failure. The failure mileage was 16,500.

- Great River , NY, USA

problem #35

Mar 152015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 122,769 miles
Air bag light stays on at any speed.

- Newport , TN, USA

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problem #34

Feb 142014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the front passenger seat air bag occupant sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 103,000 and the current mileage was 105,000. Updated 8/11/14

- San Ramon , CA, USA

problem #33

Sep 062006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


When I drive the car with an adult passenger in the front seat the instrument light indicates that the passenger air bag is off. It stays lit for a few miles, then goes off and then on again. This keeps happening throughout the trip.

- Syosset, NY, USA

problem #32

Nov 172013


  • 112,000 miles
Took sharp turn right to miss a car that was headed for me hit a telephone pole, neither air bag deployed. Injuries included concussion, whip lash, broken hand, bruised ribs, glass and cuts in head from windshield, lip was torn in half and bruised, two day hospital stay and a totaled car.

- Machesney Park, IL, USA

problem #31

Oct 012013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
The Hyundai Elantra rear ended another car going approx. 30 mph. The driver hit the car in front of them at full speed, without braking. The driver did not know the car in front of them abruptly stopped, causing the accident. The driver was thrusted forward on impact into the windshield. The driver air bag did not deploy.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #30

Dec 242012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
I was driving down hwy I-45 South in dallas, tx and hit black ice. That is ice that cannot be seen on the road. I was going approximately 50 to 55 mph. I hit the brakes and hit the back of a metal trailer. The welded mesh landscaper trailers popular in dallas. In other words I hit a flat vertical hard service. My airbags did not deploy. I told Hyundai of the issue and they sent out someone to inspect the vehicle. They sent a letter stating "the Elantra's frontal airbags are not intended to deploy during every impact that is generally directed against the vehicle's front end." I am confused, I thought a air bag should work with all front end impacts and collisions. When I purchased the vehicle I did not get a disclaimer stating when the airbag should work and should not with a 50 mph front end collision. I am upset with the way Hyundai is responding. I did not expect a new car, only for Hyundai to acknowledge the problem.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #29

Jul 122012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The contact started the ignition and noticed that the front passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel continuously. The malfunction would occur even with the front passenger seat occupied. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis the contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 05V395000 (air bags) but was advised that the VIN was not included under the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000. Updated 03/15/13

- Middletown , DE, USA

problem #28

Feb 152012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the sensor control module needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 10/11/12 the consumer stated there is a recall for air bags on Elantras. The dealer stated the vehicle was not included in the recall due to it's production date. Updated 10/11/2012

- Sunrise , FL, USA

problem #27

Jul 252012


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the air bag light was illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic for a diagnostic test. The contact did not know the cause of the defective air bag but the mechanic could not repair the failure. The mechanic notice a recall under NHTSA campaign I.D. number 05V395000 (air bag) and suggested the contact called the manufacturer. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the air bag recall but was advised that the VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Matawan, NJ, USA

problem #26

Apr 122011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. After starting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the airbag light illuminated on the dashboard. After calling the dealer the contact was informed that the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V395000 (air bags) did not apply to his VIN. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 86,000.

- Saint Petersburgh, FL, USA

problem #25

Feb 022012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Son was involved in crash. Rearended another car. Totalled both cars. Thankfully, no injuries his airbags in 2005 hyundia Elantra did not deploy. Contacted Hyundai and they said they are not responsible. Have read on internet many other stories just like this involving Hyundai models.

- Quincy, IL, USA

problem #24

Feb 082012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
My air bag light is on. I sent to the Hyundai ithaca dealership and was told that the passenger seat OCS needs to be replaced. But I found out from the web that my Hyundai Elantra 2005 has a history of malfunctioning in air bag and was being recalled at some point. I talked to the dealership about the recall and they told me that my car was never recalled and I had to pay more than $400 for the repair. I wasn't confident that the air bag issue will be solved even after sending for repair after reading all the complaints about the air bag online. What can I do about this?

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #23

Jan 242012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Head on crash. My speed approx. 10 mph. Other car speed approx. 30 mph. No airbag deployment.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #22

Dec 102011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
On December 10, 2011, I was turning from northbound gary av. Onto eastbound lawrence ave. At approximately 5 mph. While I was turning my accelerator stuck the engine sped out of control to at least 40 mph. I swerved to avoid hitting a truck turning onto gary and my car went over the South curb.. and my attempts to break were failing all this time... I crashed through a fence into somebody's back yard went down hill about 50 feet and ran into a tree. I then turned off the ignition. The airbag did not deploy. The investigating bloomingdale police officer started the car and the accelerator was still stuck in the wide open position. The body shop personnel also confirmed the accelerator was stuck.

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

problem #21

Dec 232011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Passenger seat ppd is defective and causing my air bag light to be on. Dealership says I am not under recall but there are hundreds of similar complaints online about Hyundai and airbag related issues.

- West Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #20

Jul 292011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the driver of the vehicle wa traveling 55 mph when another vehicle failed to yield the right-of-way. As a result, a multiple car crash ensued and caused the driver to crash into the rear of a bus. The front air bags did not deploy and as a result, the contact sustained injuries to the head, neck and back. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed for the incident. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 09/21/11 updated 10/31/11 updated 2/23/12

- Hampton , VA, USA

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