really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,153 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Hyundai Accent seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 112016


  • 12,000 miles


The passenger seatbelt airbag sensor wire was caught and cut in normal use of the car, while it was under warranty. When I brought it in, they said that it was not covered under warranty, and so we have taken it to a 3rd party mechanic to fix it. When he ordered the replacement part through Hyundai, the replacement part has alterations which fix the problem that caused the issue. So they know about the problem but won't fix it. When it is broken the car doesn't know that there is a passenger in the car and so the airbag would never go off.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 152014


  • 167,763 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Accent. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacture was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 167,763.

- Sherveport, LA, USA

problem #3

May 272005

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
I was traveling southbound in the right lane of a two-lane road in phoenix. A vehicle traveling northbound on the same road was attempting to make a left turn onto a side street. The vehicle (a Ford Explorer) turned left in front of me and caused me to collide with the front passenger side of that vehicle. My car (Hyundai Accent) was hit on the front driver side and the front of the car was seriously damaged and windshield cracked. My air bags did not deploy. The vehicle I hit had minimal damage, yet its airbags did deploy. I went to the er with chest and neck pains. The X-rays showed swelling to my neck and a bruised upper chest. The car was declared totaled by a claims adjuster.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 232004

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collison at approximately 45 mph. Air bags did not deploy, despite the fact that the front end damage folded up the quarter panels and the hood.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

May 032003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Was involved in a head-on collision in my 2003 Hyundai Accent. A truck pulled out into the interstate and my vehicle hit him at approximately 65 mph the airbags did not deploy.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

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