really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,597 miles

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2004 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Aug 292016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. While driving, the air bag off indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V322000 (air bags). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #48

Feb 012016


  • 17,102 miles
"takata recall " well I never really thought about vehicle recalls until the death of a young girl and a few others. My car has problems with it when I'm driving to work at 4am in the morning about 5 miles there and back and one of the problems is my air bag light is on has been on for about 2 weeks, my suspension is dangerous and my seat belt is not safe because it some what works. I really want to be safe and I want my family safe.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #47

May 012014


  • 25,000 miles
I noticed that the passenger air bag light was on back in May 2004. Now the light on the driver air bag is on and the passenger light for the air bag is off. I am concernrd thst neither air bags are not working. What should I do? there has been no incident so I will just put approx. Date of the air bag lights.

- Quartz Hill, CA, USA

problem #46

Jan 202012


  • 110,000 miles


Hit a telephone pole going about 40mph N the airbag went off about 5 seconds after. My neck pain has gone to my back and head N my body is becoming deformed and shutting down. I'm trying to get help but I guess I waited too long. I was injured N never treated hoping it would go away but it did not. The airbag would have definitely helped me out! also this was in Pennsylvania not Ohio.

- Junction City, OH, USA

problem #45

May 082015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The vehicle was impacted on the driver's door and "B" pillar sufficiently to shatter the window, pop open the door and bend the B pillar. The door and B pillar impacted the driver but none of the air bags deployed......updated 05-27-15

- Kuna, ID, USA

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problem #44

Apr 232015


  • 48,000 miles
It is 2004 Hyundai Elantra GT. The car is never been any accident but the air bag light is on. The same year car has recall for airbag light but not for this model. I think Hyundai should recall this model (2004 Hyundai Elantra GT) and fix the airbag before any major accident happen to any owner.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #43

Jan 262015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


The air bags light does not come on meaning the module is not functioning. I had the car inspected and it failed due to this issue. Records show a recall was registered in 05. Well here it is 10 years later and the problem was not resolved and something overlooked. It's a safety hazard regarding my life and others as well not knowing if these air bags deploy or not while I'm on the road. I need this resolved quickly. They never fixed the problem the first time so why's it happening again?

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #42

Jan 162015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Car slid on snow hit tree at approximately 10 mph. Neither front air bag deployed!!!! passenger hit and shattered windshield. Driver hit steering wheel. Car total loss!!!!.....updated 02-03-15

- Medina, MN, USA

problem #41

Jan 122015


  • 131,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. While driving at approximately 40 mph during inclement weather, the vehicle skidded and crashed into a concrete barrier. The air bag warning light illuminated, but the air bags did not deploy. The contact did not sustain any injuries. The contact did not disclose if a police report was filed or not. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Exton, PA, USA

problem #40

Mar 282014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 99,597 miles
From stop sign proceeded to cross intersection, was struck on front end of drivers side panel and bumper, spun around and hit again on driver back side panel and rear wheel, ripped half of the front bumper and crushed drivers front side against engine, no air bag deployed.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 142012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 96,681 miles


The Elantra was stopped at a red light. The light turned green and when in the intersection was T-boned by a tractor tailor who ran the red light at est 25 mph. The impact spun the car 180+ degrees, lightly clipping a telephone pole and hit back into the truck where the car stopped. The side impact airbags nor frontal airbags did not deploy. The seat belt did lock and the injuries were whip lash, concussion, and cuts and contusions.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #38

Nov 022009


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. While the vehicle was parked the air bag deactivation light illuminated on the instrument panel whenever someone was in the front passenger seat. The dealer was contacted and stated that a diagnostic test needed to be performed. The dealer also stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA recall campaign id number: 05V395000 (air bags) and previously had recall repairs performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #37

Jan 012010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. When the contact started the ignition, the air bag warning indicator began to illuminate continuously until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer yet the vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #36

Aug 012009


  • 60,000 miles
I own a 2004 Hyundai Elantra gls (us version). I got the airbag light on from the 60K miles. Now the "passenger airbag off" light doesn't lit regardless in the passenger seat is someone seated or not.

- Caguas, PR, USA

problem #35

Nov 232010


  • 62,000 miles
I was driving with my cruise control on and a car stopped in front of me. I hit the brakes and my car accelerated. This is the third time this has happened. Fortunately, I was able to slam on the brakes and the car stopped. Also the air bag light does not go off with an adult in the front seat. This is very concerning.

- Hartfield, VA, USA

problem #34

Sep 122010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. While driving and failing to stop at a stop sign, the contact T-boned another vehicle and crashed into it. The air bags did not deploy. There were two people injured. A police report was filed. The contact called the manufacturer who sent someone out to inspect the vehicle but offered no assistance. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #33

Sep 152009


  • 55,271 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. She stated that while driving at 2mph the vehicles airbags deployed, the light illuminated after the air bags deployed.there were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they diagnosed it and stated that they could not find the problem.there had been no repairs to the vehicle at the time of the complaint. She is very concern about her safety in the vehicle. The failure mileage was 55271 and current mileage was 65427.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #32

Nov 282009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. She stated that the airbag warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. There was an open recall on her vehicle, (see NHTSA campaign id number: 03V322000), however the dealer attempted several times to re-program the sensor but to no avail. He then stated that he would have to remove the front driver's and passenger's side seats in order to accurately repair the airbag sensor, however the costs in doing so would not be covered by the manufacturer. The contact stated that if there was a defect in the vehicle, she should not be liable for the repairs. The recall is still open on the vehicle. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were under 90,000.

- Gallup , NM, USA

problem #31

Jun 282008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. While making a left turn out of a parking space at 5 mph, another vehicle crashed into the driver's side of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The driver was taken to the hospital and sustained minor injuries to the head and eyes. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer stated that the air bag sensor performed in the manner it was designed; therefore, they were not liable for repairs. The dealer was not notified. The current and failure mileages were 44,000. Updated 12/30/08. Hyundai stated the air bag performed as designed. They stated it appeared that the angular collision was hit solely by the drivers door, without and deformation of the side structure of the vehicle. Consequently, the resulting energy absorption meant that the deceleration experienced by the side air bag sensor did not merit deployment of the side air bags. Updated 01/05/09.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #30

Aug 192008


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 70 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle due to high winds. She merged into the left lane of traffic and the vehicle was struck three times on both sides. The driver's side frontal air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to her neck, back, and shoulder. The Florida highway patrol filed report number 07848144. The insurance company stated that the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer took a report and stated that an investigator would go to the location where the vehicle was towed. However, the manufacturer is currently requesting that she send the proof of purchase, insurance coverage, and pictures. The current and failure mileages were 63,000.

- Hiram, GA, USA

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