really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 1
Average Mileage:
22,440 miles

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2012 Hyundai Accent seat belts / air bags problems

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2012 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 282016


  • miles


My son in law, daughter, son, & grandson were driving in the rain & the car hydroplaned causing the car to go off the road & hitting a tree killing my son in law & seriously injuring my son. Needless to say the car was totaled & none of the air bags deployed.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #10

Apr 202012

Accent 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
Takata recall. My wife was sideswiped by a hit and run driver and ran off the road onto a rough vacant field. Airbag failed to deploy and she hit her head on the steering wheel and suffered a skull fracture. Two weeks after the accident she started having memory problems and has suffered 5 strokes and a ct scan shows brain damage. This has gone on since April of 2012 and the car was just a few months old with approximately 8,000 miles on the car. It did about $ $8000 dollars in damage which was never repaired right until alfa insurance company in Alabama sent us to the best body man around and he replaced the entire front end of the outer panels and all of the underside supports and matched the paint perfect. I expect my wife to either be in a nursing home or more strokes may kill her. I don't have the accident report since it's been almost 4 years since the accident. The Hyundai Accent is a death trap in my opinion and should not be on our United States roads at all. That car will kill you in the slightest accident and my wife is turning into a vegetable before my eyes.thank you, [xxx]. she did have a witness that was installing cable tv lines on a power pole she almost hit. We did file a lawsuit against and the attorney settled for about $10,000 and he sold us out. She can't have nursing care for that amount. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Coker, AL, USA

problem #9

Feb 032016


  • 35,281 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Accent. While stopped, the contact's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic to assess the damages. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 35,281.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012015


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Accent. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle due to another crash. The air bags failed to deploy. There was a police report filed. The contact sustained minor injuries to the abdominal and normal soreness that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for body repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- New Burn, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 172015


  • 30,000 miles
I was travelling East bound on memphis avenue at approximately 35 mph approaching tiedeman road in brooklyn, Ohio. I attempted to apply the brakes which gave a rubbing and grinding noise and caused my 2012 Hyundai Accent to rear end another vehicle resulting in a total loss to my vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and I was treated for contusions to my ribs, arms, stomach, shoulder and face as well as a sprain to my wrist. My vehicle sustained substantial damage and was a total loss, so why didn't the air bags deploy!!

- Parma, OH, USA

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problem #6

Feb 172015

Accent 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
I slid of the road during a rain storm and crashed into a concrete light pole.the car was totaled and I sustained serious bodily injuries.a broken right ankle, severe whiplash which caused herniated discs in my neck and back injuries.I had my seat belt on.the airbag did not deploy even though my vehicle was completely destroyed.....updated 07/21/15 updated 9/22/2015

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 312013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles


I was in a head on collision with a vehicle where I was going approximately 45 mph. My complaint is that there air bag did not deploy during the incident which caused me to bang my head against the sun visor/ roof of the car. The vehicle was totaled.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 242013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
Air bags failed to deploy. This is the second car and the second time this has happened.

- Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #3

May 032013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
I hit an elk at about 60 miles per hour. Front end of car totaled. Bumper, headlights and fog lights ripped off. Hood crumbled upwards. Pieces under the hood dislocated. Windshield scattered and partially disconnected. However driver's airbags didn't deployed. I walked away with minor injuries, body soreness. But concerned that the car might not performed as it should in this situation one more detail. I was traveling alone, no passenger.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

May 142012

Accent 4-cyl

  • 12,357 miles
The vehicle rear ended a Ford escape at under 20 mph. The Hyundai sustained extensive front end and engine damage. The car was totaled and not repaired. The other vehicle received minor rear bumper damage. The air bags on the Hyundai did not deploy and the driver hit her forehead and receive a bruised bump that did not require medical attention.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202011

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Accent. While the contact was driving approximately 35 mph, the air bag warning indicator began to illuminate continuously as a result to water spillage on the front passenger seat. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated there was a short circuit in the front passenger seat sensor due to the water spillage. The vehicle had not been repaired because the front passenger air bag seat sensor assembly remained unavailable since November of 2011. The contact expressed concern of the potential safety hazard with the air bag not being operative. The manufacturer was notified of the malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 1,200. Updated 5/7/12 updated 05/30/12

- Masury, OH, USA

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