really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,117 miles

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2001 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #28

Dec 112008


  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. The contact called the dealer regarding a recall on her vehicle and was informed that her air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash. She was further informed that a harness and clips would be attached to the air bag system to assist the air bags with deploying; however, the mechanic stated that the air bags may be damaged because the indicator was illuminated on the instrument panel. The mechanic would not repair the vehicle, even though the damage was caused by the repair shop. The contact feels that it is a safety hazard to drive in a vehicle with no air bags. The current and failure mileages were 76,000.

- Delano, CA, USA

problem #27

Aug 222002


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. The contact was involved in a crash on August 22, 2002 and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact was struck by another vehicle and the entire driver's side of her vehicle was crushed. The contact was injured on the left side of her body. Her head struck the window and the steering wheel. She also dislocated her jaw and had to endure therapy to regain her speech. The contact had surgery on her leg because the air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was repaired with $7,000 worth of damages. The contact has pictures and a police report was filed. The other occupant in the contact's vehicle was also injured, although both were wearing their seat belts. The air bags had not been serviced prior to the crash. The contact recently received a recall notice, which advised her to report the crash. The failure mileage was 9,000.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #26

Sep 072007


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the vehicle failed inspection because the air bag indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the air bag module failed and would cost $728 to repair. The vehicle was not repaired and has not been driven for four months. The contact then received a recall notice for the failed air bag module. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and repaired, with the exception of the SRS module, wires, and the air bag indicator that was illuminated. The indicator remained illuminated during the recall repair; however, the dealer stated that it was not included in the recall remedy. They could not repair the additional failures according to the recall for free. The manufacturer stated that they were only responsible for the recall remedy and any additional failure would have to be paid for by the contact. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The failure mileage was 47,000 and current mileage was 55,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #25

May 082006


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal extended to the floor when it was depressed. The brakes were pumped several times before the vehicle came to a complete stop. A small amount of smoke appeared underneath the hood. The air bag and engine warning lights illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. In addition, the contact exerted more effort to turn the steering wheel as if there were no power steering. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they replaced the power steering hose. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 98,000.

- Hyde Park, MA, USA

problem #24

May 102008


  • 73,000 miles
My 2001 Hyundai Elantra air bag light came on for no reason rendering the air bag inoperative please investigate big safety issue thank you gary azarowicz ps has there been other complaints of this issue?

- Sharpsburg , GA, USA

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problem #23

Jun 042007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 5 mph, another vehicle traveling 45 mph crashed into the front driver side of the contact's vehicle. The front and side air bags failed to deploy. The road conditions were wet. The contact suffered a bruised arm and the front seat passenger suffered a concussion. The insurance company stated that the vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 50,000.

- Pittsfield , MA, USA

problem #22

Mar 212004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,101 miles


- the contact stated that her 2001 Hyundai Elantra gl, airbag light has been on for the past three years. She stated that she took the vehicle to dealership at that time and they informed her that her vehicle was not apart of any recall, and she needed to have the airbags checked. The contact chose not to have the airbags tested. She stated that the light stayed on and she took the vehicle back to the dealership last year and they informed her that her air bags would not deploy if she crashed, and that she should have the air bags repaired. The contact stated that on 03/12/06 she had she had a crash and the airbags didn't deploy. The contact stated that she was hit from the back by another vehicle that was driving about 7 mph. The contact stated that the owner of the vehicles insurance company sent her a copy of the recall for her vehicle on air bags. The contact stated that the manufacturer should have replaced her airbags when she informed the dealership of the problem with the air bag light staying on. The contact was also informed that her vehicle was not apart of recall campaign# 00V332000, for airbags: Side/window. The failure mileage was 80101 and the current mileage was 80,126 miles. Abl.pco

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #21

Mar 152007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
ABS system failed during braking, causing rear end collision air bags did not deploy.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #20

Jan 012005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag warning light, on dashboard, continues to remain illuminated. The paramus Hyundai dealer has supposedly repaired this problem 4+ times. I was told that while this warning light is on, the airbags would not deploy in the event of an accident. Abl.pco

- Fairview, NJ, USA

problem #19

Aug 092005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My air bag light comes on and off randomly while driving. I debated on whether or not to take it back because it wasn't on continuously. They always say we can't duplicate the problem. Well now the air bag light is on continuously and I set up an appointment. They called me and said the computer is showing 12 different codes for the air bags and that they noticed something sticky like pop on the wires. They said they weren't going to cover it under warranty. My first issue with that is they should be sealed off completely so a little pop shouldn't fry the air bag. The only reason I bought my Hyundai was because of the warranty and the assurance that I wouldn't have to worry about anything for 5 years. Unfortunately that isn't the truth. After 6 months or so I realized that I had to start my car for atleast 15 seconds before I could actually put it in drive and go. But why wasn't it like that in the beginning" and after the first year I notice rust behind the passenger doors in near the wheel wells where the car is welded together. That's a real high quality car right there when you have a car that's 10 years older and it doesn't have a spot of rust, that shows quality. What does Hyundai show" not much as far as I am concerned. It shows poor quality and a company that doesn't really stand behind their warranty. Lets not forget the fact that the transmission in the car is horrible. It shifts into second gear so hard and sounds like a canon exploding. The light above the license plate burnt out 2 weeks after they replaced it the first time. And the fact that all the wires inside my doors were corroded after two years and had to be replaced. So, now I have a problem with the airbag module being destroyed and they said I spilled pop or something in the console and that's what caused it. After so many problems with wiring in the car they don't see that this could be legitimately a manufacturer defect in the module. Abl.pco

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #18

Sep 012003


  • miles


The vehicle's air bag light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times to alleviate this problem but with no success. The only way the consumer could get the light to go off was to adjust the seat a certain way. December 2004 a recall was issued for air bag light issues. T he consumer was told that her vehicle was not included in the recall because her vehicle was too old. Abl.pco

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #17

Feb 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was involved in a pretty intensive accident on 2-3-04 and I could have really hurt myself bad and the airbags did not release to save my life. I could have really been hurt, I bought my car based on its safety features and at the time when I need my car to work the most the safety was not there.

- Carson , CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 062004


  • Manual transmission
  • 74,000 miles
There was a spontaneous deployment of the passenger side airbag in our 2001 Hyundai Elantra. The vehicle made a right turn and was in motion, proceeding normally down the road, when the airbag went off; there was no wreck, no bump in the road, no impact of any sort. No one was in the passenger seat at the time, so there were no injuries. There was significant damage to the interior of the car. Abl.pco

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #15

Apr 212004


  • 51,000 miles
When the heater was on black dust came out of the heater vents. Also, air bag light illuminated. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. Abl.pco

- New Market, VA, USA

problem #14

Jun 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 33,000 miles
We purchased a 2001 Hyundai Elantra GT in Sept. 01. since that time, we've had problems with the air bag sensor twice. Both times it was fixed by the dealer. In our accident, a 35mph front end collision, our air bags did not deploy. We have registered a complaint with Hyundai, who says it will take approx. 30 days to decide whether or not they deem an investigation necessary. The dealership will not deal with us, they say we need to go to Hyundai. In the meantime, we are left with the choice of repairing our vehicle and having Hyundai claim they cannot make a determination of faulty merchandise because our vehicle was fixed, or paying storage fees at the body shop and renting a car until Hyundai decides. And, if Hyundai decides they will not do an investigation, there isn't even an appeal process.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #13

Jan 202004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision at 30 mph in which the vehicle was also hit on both sides by another motorist. None of the air bags deployed upon impact. As a result the driver sustained injuries to her neck, head, shoulder and hip.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #12

Aug 302003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Hit other car going about 45-50mph. Both driver and passenger airbags did not diploy. Would have had 2 fatalities if seatbelts were not worn.

- Los Alamitos, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 222003

Elantra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Consumer complained about a consistent problem with the air bag light. Took vehicle to the dealer, technician indicated that computer corroded, but it was not under warranty. The door molding was hanging and the check engine light was on. Abl.pco

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #10

Apr 222003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 12,237 miles
This vehicle is hazardous to be on the road. It has front end steering and suspension problems. It has a terrible vibration from 35 mph and up. If traveling on the highway the wheel shakes so badly that your hands go numb. I have had the vehicle in for service and repeated time over a two and a half year period, and the dealership has done nothing. I have also spoken with the manufacturers on several occasions, and have done nothing. It has gotten to the point that I had an accident, because of these problems. I now have a permanent injury that I will live with for the rest of my life, and they still do not care. I have 2 small children, and I am afraid every time I leave the house that something will happen with this vehicle, and one of my children get injured. Fortunately, with my accident I was alone. In my accident my steering locked and I hit a stone embankment at about 40 mph with the front end and my air bag also did not deploy. Unfortunately I am stuck driving this vehicle, when it is unsafe, and unfit to be on the road. It is a hazard to my family, and all others on the road with me. I sincerely hope something can be done to these dealerships, and manufacturers to ensure they are selling our consumers a safe and reliable vehicle.

- Shickshinny, PA, USA

problem #9

Sep 112003


  • miles
While driving, the air bag light illuminated. The cause of the problem had not been identified. The consumer stated the air bag light continued to be a problem, the dealer would just reset the code without identifying the problem. The driver side window went up and down by itself, the dealer replaced the master switch, the black rubber stripping was missing from the door, the cigarette lighter was inoperative, the battery failed and was replaced abl.pco

- Deltona, FL, USA

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