definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,175 miles

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2003 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 282011


  • 29,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. When the contact started the vehicle, he noticed that the air bag light was illuminated. He stated no one was sitting in the passenger seat. The air bag light stayed on constantly since February 2011. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that the air bag control module was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was contacted and the contact was advised that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 29,500.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 102009

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,700 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the air bag warning light continued to illuminate on the instrument panel. The dealer stated that the module failed and would cost over $600 to repair. There were no recalls for the failure and the manufacturer has not been notified. In addition, the low beam headlights would burn out every 3-6 months. The current and failure mileages were less than 36,700. Updated 9/1/09 updated 09/02/09.

- Straford, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The contact noticed that the air bag indicator light kept illuminating. The dealer repaired the failure and diagnosed it as the air bag sensor. Approximately 60,000 miles late, the failure recurred. Also, currentl ythe electrical system failed. The contact stated that the radio activated automatically, the volume increased, and certain lights inside the vehicle, such as the air conditioner controller lights, failed to illuminate. The contact had the radiator replaced. In addeition, the tires were constantly wearing out, and she was about to purchase fourth set in less than two years. She has not spoken with the manufacturer about the failures. The current mileage is 73,000.and failure mileages was 45,000. Abl.pco

- Rockville, UT, USA

problem #1

Jan 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Air bag controller sensor is located underneath the cup holder. In the event of a liquid spill the air bag system will short out. When this occurs it will result in premature deployment of the air bags. Abl.pco

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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