really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,894 miles

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2004 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 152010


  • 79,000 miles


My daughter was on the freeway in her 2004 Hyundai Elantra. Her car pulled to the left as she overcorrected, the cart went across the freeway, spun out, up the embankment, landed on the (driver's) side and slid about 50-100 feet before it landed back upright. None of the air bags deployed. The side air bags should of deployed from the impact of the car landing on the side. Her car has been declared a "total loss". after searching the internet, I found that there were recalls for the 2004 Elantra "defective air bags". we were never notified of this recall. My daughter sustained head, neck, and dual shoulder injuries. Thank god she is alive but what about those that have not survived?

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger side air bag occupant classification sensor failed to function. When a passenger who weight more that the classified 50 lbs was seated in the passenger seat air bag sensor still read off. Dealership serviced the vehicle several times, but was unable to correct the failure.

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #3

Jun 212004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Passenger's side air bag light stayed illuminated when the passenger seat was occupied. When an occupant was in the passenger seat sensor indicated that the passenger's side air bag was off. This should only occur in the unoccupied seat. Recall O3V322000 was issued, but this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 232004


  • miles
The passenger side air bag light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic claimed that vehicle was working as designed.

- Gouldsboro, ME, USA

problem #1

Jan 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 470 miles
Passenger's side air bag sensor is not working properly. The passenger-side front seat is supposed to have a sensor that activates the air bag system when someone over 56 pounds in weight sits in that seating position. However, this is not the case. The air bag system sensor will intermittently operate correctly. Consumer was advised that her vehicle's identification number is outside of the scope of the safety recall (campaign no. 03V-322).

- Lubbock, TX, USA

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