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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,534 miles

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2008 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 052010


  • 21,938 miles


On Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2010 I was involved in an automobile accident. I suffered neck and lower back injuries. The impact was on the drivers side door by a minivan going ~35mph and my side airbags did not deploy. I feel they should have and were possibly defective. Vehicle is supposed to be equipped with side airbags.

- Wilton, CT, USA

problem #3

Oct 312008


  • 14,000 miles
There was no particular incident related to a crash. Twice since 10/08 the dashboard airbag light has gone on for no reason and would not go off. The Hyundai dealer said the first time that the wiring was loose from the time of installation most likely, and they tightened the wires. Second incident was 2 weeks ago. This time they tell us we have a faulty harness and it needs to be replaced. We are still waiting for the part which is supposedly on manufacturer backorder. They tell us the issue is so uncommon that they have not seen it before. Just doing a search online I see the recent recall for similar airbag issues on the 01-02 Elantras, so this makes me nervous. Please please investigate this issue with the 08S as well! this is our only car and I do not feel safe driving it, especially while waiting for the new harness..but in the long run I worry about future failures if an accident did occur.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 072008


  • miles
The car is a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. My wife and mother were in a head-on crash which totaled her car. The other airbags never deployed. We specifically purchased this car because of its safety ratings. The airbags in the other person's car deployed but not my wife's. we are very upset and concerned. My wife's mother was hurt.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 272008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
While on vacation in Michigan, my spouse and I were hit by a drunk driver. We were traveling North bound on us 127 at 35mph, crossing over addison rd (in the town of addison) when the other driver crossed the road hitting us. (he was arrested at the scene of the accident.) he struck us on the driver's side and dented the front and rear door to the point that neither door could be opened, and buckled the rear fender. The impact was severe enough that it blew out all the driver's side windows, blew out the passenger rear tire, bent the B-pillar on the driver's side, and ripped the top hinge completely off the driver's side rear door. It also creased the top middle driver's side of the roof. None of the side curtain airbags deployed and we felt that they should have. As a result of the accident, my spouse incurred a bump, 2 in diameter by tall, on the back right rear side of her head.

- N. Highlands, CA, USA

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