really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,489 miles

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2008 Hyundai Accent seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Aug 042014


  • 67,000 miles


At approximately 67,000. Mi the airbag light came on, had an auto parts store scan the code and said it was passenger seat sensor, at the time I used the car for commuting to work and never had passengers. Now retired and cannot have a passenger for fear that being involved in an accident could be deadly for the occupant of that seat, went to the dealer and was told its not covered under warranty, ( I'm second owner ) and the seat alone would cost at least $900. Plus installation would be about $1200. Or more on a fixed income and cannot afford that, cannot sell the car it lowers the resale, and who would want it. Guess I'm stuck

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #26

Jun 022016


  • 58,385 miles
At end of May 2016, my airbag light went on and stayed on. I took my 2008 Accent to the dealer on 6/2/16 and was told that the OCS mat may need to be replaced at a cost of $1400 to $1600. If I do not replace it, the airbags will not deploy in an accident because the airbag sensor system is disabled. This 2008 Accent should be recalled because this is a serious safety issue.

- Tumwater, WA, USA

problem #25

Feb 052016


  • 0 miles
Takata recall.air bag light on all the time.

- Gibsonton, FL, USA

problem #24

Mar 252016


  • miles


The airbag lights comes on an stays on you have to get it scan sn the code will read B1448, B1449, or B1450 an it should be a recall for this.because only a dealer can get it off an then they want to chsrge you $1345.95 just to get it fix thats highway robbery.well the going to reject you an you can get a inspection sticker either.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #23

Feb 262016

Accent 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Accent. The contact stated that the air bag light remained illuminated in the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 94,000. Updated 04/14/16 the passenger lower seat assembly and OCS mat were replaced on March 7, 2016. Updated 05/17/16.

- Kealakekua, HI, USA

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problem #22

Feb 052016


  • 187,600 miles
Heading West bound on I 10 in Alabama. Car was going between 60-70mph. Avoided the accident by sliding into another lane, breaks did not catch. Upon fish tailing back into traffic hit another vehicle head on and airbags did not deploy on impact until car was no longer in motion. The front driver airbag and the passenger front airbag did not deploy. Was standing on the breaks trying to get the car to stop and the car never stopped. It took the median cables to stop the vehicle. When the car had come to a stop is when the side curtain and seat airbag on passenger side deployed. Damage was sustained heavily to driver side front as well and still no side airbags, seat, or frontal airbags deployed. E-break did not even catch.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #21

Oct 042015


  • 74,000 miles


I was driving down a busier street in town at about 35-40 miles an hour, with family in the car, when a lady in an SUV pulled out in front of me. The front of my vehicle crushed into her driver's tire area. My car was totaled and none of the airbags deployed. Thank goodness everyone had their seatbelts on, and everyone walked away from the accident.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #20

Jun 022014


  • miles
About a year ago the air bag light came on for few days for no reason, then it came off. Now the air bag is back on for good, it started up again since July and is still on. We have not been in an accident for it to cause for the air bag light to come back on. I called to see if I can get it repair, the gentleman said it will cost more about $1,000 or more to check it and get it repair. I do not want to pay that much, but my son's safety is my concern. I feel like all the sudden everything with this car is falling apart. Sun visor and now airbag...

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #19

May 052015


  • 68,000 miles
Noticed my airbag light on not sure why I have not been in accident nor run into anything. Only one of my breaklights (passenger side) out. Recently had stop light replaced.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #18

Mar 182015

Accent 4-cyl

  • miles
Daughter was in an accident, totaled the front end of the car and the airbags never deployed. Am hiring an attorney.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #17

Jan 152015


  • 95,987 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Accent. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,987.

- Denver , CO, USA

problem #16

Dec 222014


  • 18,492 miles
Red airbag light on the dashboard is on. I had the Hyundai dealership diagnose the problem, they told me that the air bag sensor pad in the front passenger seat went bad. They said the seat base would have to be replaced and that it would be $822.82 for parts + 1.5 hours labor for a total of: $985. It seems very odd that the passenger seat airbag sensor would go bad in my car because I hardly ever have a passenger.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #15

Apr 012014


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Accent. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag warning light flickered when the seat was being occupied. In addition, the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the air bag sensor in the passenger seat failed and the front passenger seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- East Ridge, TN, USA

problem #14

Mar 282014


  • miles
Air bag light stays on. No reason has been identified. Concerned for all Accent drivers, as this problem has been reported by many people in many places online and in the real world.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #13

Dec 032013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Air bag light stays on, plus passenger airbag light says off sometimes even when someone is in the passenger seat. Took in to dealer who says the passenger side sensor (OCS ) needs to be replaced charging approx $1000 for the part. There are many complaints on Hyundai faulty OCS, yet only the sonata has been recalled.

- Kapolei , HI, USA

problem #12

Nov 252014


  • 28,800 miles
SRS, airbag light stays on, passenger airbag light lights up off.

- Pullman, WA, USA

problem #11

Jun 012013


  • 49,000 miles
The SRS airbag error light came up, the code reads B1448 which is the malfunction of the occupancy sensor in the passenger seat. The vehicle is out of warranty. Without the occupancy sensor working correctly, the passenger airbag will not deploy in a collision! this Accent model should have recall on this issue.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 092014

Accent 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
The SRS warning light came on, so we took the car to the dealership. They told us it would be $900 to repair the occupancy sensor on the passenger seat, since the vehicle is no longer under warranty. Without the repair, the passenger airbag will not deploy in the event of a collision. This must be due to a faulty part or poor installation, since our vehicle has not seen any recent accidents or unusual use.

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #9

May 012013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I purchased a car in Colorado spring in 2008(my state of record) and currently I live in germany working for the us army. My airbag drivers seat sensor doesn't function properly, because the sensor shows red and the car wasn't even five years old when the system malfunctions. I contacted the Hyundai dealership in amberg, bayern, germany and scheduled an appointment. They tested the airbag system which I already knew it, but they were not able to pin point the location of airbag sensor that was showing error on driver's side. The problem is they cannot even locate the part of the system on Hyundai factory catalog with the computer data base. The Hyundai specification for the us or european car airbag system shouldn't be different under consumer protection law. The company is concerns about the transmission & pollution and provides warranty; but seat belts or airbag system it's not even included in the manual.

- Apo Ae, AE, USA

problem #8

Sep 122013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 50,200 miles
Passenger air big light says it is off.

- Sparks, NV, USA

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