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CarComplaints.com Notes: So far the 2011 Elantra doesn't have the same volume of transmission problems that 2010 owners are fighting with. It also doesn't have the same pattern of steering and braking complaints that are piling up with the 2013 model year.

We're not saying the 2011 is perfect -- I mean, what were they thinking advertising their MPGs -- but there are worse choices.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,866 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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2011 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #18

Nov 222016

Elantra

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My Hyundai Elantra was in the parking lot, as I turned on the vehicle I noticed that the airbag light was on. I immediately contacted Hyundai and they informed me that I would have to drop of the vehicle to get it diagnosed. The service department said that the airbags are not covered under warranty and that the costs would be $250. Shouldn't airbag safety be covered under a warranty? this vehicle is only 5 years old. It was purchased brand new off the lot! please help!

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 132016

Elantra

  • 54,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. When the vehicle was started, the air bag indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was driven to the dealer, but was not repaired. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 13V115000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Union City, NJ, USA

problem #16

Oct 012016

Elantra

  • miles
The airbag light on the dashboard indicator will not turn off and the passenger airbag light does not illuminate when there is no passenger. This is a safety concern and I contacted Hyundai, round rock, tx, for some information for which they were unable to relay to me without them having to computer analyze for an extreme cost. I feel anything to do with a safety concern should be investigated and analyzed without a charge. Please advise with your understanding. Thank you.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #15

Sep 072016

Elantra

  • 117,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Airbag light continuously is lit up. I started the car one day and the airbag light came on and will not shut off. I have taken it to a garage and it cannot be reset. I was informed that the air bag checkspring is defective and needs to be replaced. The car has not been in any type of crash. The mechanic stated this should be a warranty/recall item as it shouldn't just go bad.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #14

Sep 272016

Elantra

  • 61,000 miles
In my 2011 Hyundai Elantra, the airbag light is constantly on. This seemed like a safety issue and so I took it to the Hyundai dealership that I purchased the car from and they quoted me $300 to replace the clock spring. After doing some research, I have noticed this is an ongoing issue with this car and that I am definitely not the only Hyundai Elantra car owner this has happened to. Without the $300 to replace the clock spring, the air bags will not deploy in the event of a collison. How is this a safety issue and therefore not on a recall list?

- Cartersville, GA, USA

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problem #13

Sep 162016

Elantra

  • 1 miles
Airbag warning light on panel comes on when vehicle is placed in drive and engine engaged

- Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #12

Aug 092016

Elantra

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag warning light stays on all the time. Hyundai refuses to fix the problem

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jul 212016

Elantra

  • 0 miles
Air bag light indicates that the air bag has been disabled, this just happened all of a sudden with no real reason for it to go on. The light indicating that the airbags were disabled appeared when starting the car one morning. This vehicle was not involved in any accident for it to cause the airbags to inflate. I have looked up if this is a common issue for Hyundai Elantras, and I see that it is a very common complaint. It is an expensive fix and should warrant a recall as this is a major safety issue and one that will prevent the owner to require the state safety check requirements.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #10

Mar 012016

Elantra

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph and coming to a stop, the vehicle started jerking and required a longer stopping distance when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact did not sustain any injuries. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V871000 (electronic stability control) however, the parts for the recall was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #9

Feb 222016

Elantra

  • 77,162 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 30 mph, the brake pedal engaged independently without warning. The failure recurred twice. In addition, while driving at any speed, the air bag warning light illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V871000 (electronic stability control) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,162. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #8

Feb 232016

Elantra

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The contact received a recall notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V871000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Reidsville, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 212014

Elantra

  • 54,000 miles
I was involved in a crash where I was hit by another vehicle on the passenger side front fender and then was spun around and hit the back of the other vehicle on the rear passenger quarter panel, then jumped the curb and hit a tree. None of the air bags deployed. I hit my head on the window or the center post, not sure. The vehicle that hit me was traveling at approximately 30-40 mph.

- Chapin, SC, USA

problem #6

Nov 052012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 23,092 miles
The contact owned a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. While traveling approximately 20 mph, the contact's vehicle crashed head on into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The driver sustained severe leg injuries that required medical attention and a right knee replacement. The manufacturer was notified, but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 23,092. Updated 10/8/14 prior to the accident, the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, because the air bag light was on. She was informed, it was an electrical issue. The consumer never received a recall notice. Updated 10/15/14 according to Hyundai, the vehicle performed as designed. They stated the frontal air bags were not intended to deploy during every impact that was generally directed against the vehicle's front end. Frontal air bas were designed to deploy when a vehicle sustained a sufficient forward deceleration to trigger the air bag sensor. The air bag sensor reacted to extreme deceleration of the vehicle's forward movement. Based upon the information provided, it appeared the vehicle was hit at an angular impact involving lateral forces. Updated 11/26/14 updated 12/17/14. Lawyer on behalf of client. Updated 01/16/15. Updated 02/24/15

- Greenfield, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 102012

Elantra

  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated while traveling various speeds, the contact crashed into a wall. The contact stated that the air bag deployed much later than the crash occurred and caused him to suffer bleeding to the brain and a broken nose due to making contact with the steering wheel. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 33,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 202013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Front of Elantra traveling at 40 mph hit another car entering 4 lane on the drivers side.(T-boned") the car was declared a total loss. None of the head, front or seat airbags deployed.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 242013

Elantra

  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 22 mph, the brakes failed and caused the driver to rear end another vehicle. The contact also stated that the air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. The manufacturer has been made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000.

- Eustis, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013

Elantra

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that another vehicle crashed into the driver's side door. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver of the vehicle sustained a concussion and injuries to the neck and back. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 25,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 292012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 13,826 miles
Vehicle spun and hit guard rail on interstate 90 head on, then also on right side but the air bags never deployed!!! we had previous accidents involving both a 2005 sonata and 2007 Elantra in which the air bags also failed to deploy. In fact, the insurance company for the 2005 accident spent almost $10,000 to repair the car rather than total it and specifically stated to me that they would have totaled the vehicle had the air bags deployed.

- Hilton, NY, USA

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