fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,135 miles

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2005 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 012012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while parked, the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The technician stated that the seat sensor on the passenger side would have to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 11V179000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module), that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000.updated 07/06/12 the dealer found an internal failure in the air bag sensor. Updated 08/06/12

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #8

May 262007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag sensor works intermittently. When a passenger is seated in the vehicle, the sensor indicates that the air bag is deactivated. The contact stated that if the passenger moves around in the seat, this also triggers the sensor to deactivate. The Hyundai representative stated that the weight for the sensor to activate is between 115-130 pounds. The representative also stated that the air bags were tested and appeared to be working normally. The current mileage is 43,000 and failure mileage was 42,000.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #7

Mar 192007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,859 miles
- the contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra and the air bags were not working due to a default of sensors. She took it to the dealer, but they could not fix it because they were waiting for replacement parts. The dealer was refusing to give the contact a loaner vehicle. The current and failure mileage were 28,859.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #6

Jan 282007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles


- the contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, hatchback, GT. There is a recall notice for the air bags. The contact doesn't feel safe driving the vehicle after the dealer continues to reset the air bag sensor. The passenger front seat light illuminates when there is a passenger in the seat. The light continues to turn on, and the contact has another appointment to reset it. The dealer stated that the car seat may have to be replaced to correct the failure. The failure had occurred 15 times. Updated 2/22/2007 - power mirror could not be adjusted. Dealer replaced power mirror switch. Updated 02/22/07.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #5

Oct 012005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
: the contact stated the frontal airbag sensor works improperly. The airbag off light illuminated while an adult of 120 lbs. Was setting in the seat. The sensor illuminated for up to six minutes then turn off. The problem occurred at a variety of speeds. Every time the vehicle was inspected by the dealership the sensor was reset. The problem continued to occur. There was a recall, NHTSA # 05V395000, regarding the airbags. The recall was because the sensors identified a child as an adult were as in this case the problem is reversed.

- Pismo Beach, CA, USA

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problem #4

Apr 012005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the passenger side air bag light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealership twice. The first time they told the contact that the occupant was not sitting in the seat properly. Shortly after the vehicle was taken to the dealership, and they found NHTSA recall campaign 05V395000. They reprogrammed the sensor, and this did not correct the problem. Afterwards, the gird was replaced and the light still illuminated intermittently. The vehicle has not currently been corrected.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 112005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Passenger airbag indicator light not functioning properly since purchase in November 2004. Hyundai sent tech to reprogram airbag sensor in February 2005 and now works for my son who weights 135 lbs, but still does not function properly or consistently when my daughter who is 19 and weights 105 lbs sits on the passenger seat. Today April 15, 2005 when I complained again to Hyundai, I was told the Elantra conforms with us government standards. Does the us government sanction or approve the use of airbag sensors that fail to protect the lives of passengers in the Elantra 2005" or, technology that discriminates against people of certain weight" it is distracting and dangerous to drive around always looking at the passenger airbarg indicator light not knowing when it is going to be on or off, protencting my daughter or not.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 052005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 354 miles
The passenger side airbag off indicator light comes on sporadically in our new 2005 Hyundai Elantra when people are sitting in the seat. My wife weighs in excess on 190 pounds and the light came on at least 5 times during a trip of 124 miles in early March and has come on once or twice during trips of 26 miles to the grocery store. We tooke the car to the dealer and they did not do anything since they could not duplicate the problem.

- Chester Gap, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 142004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Passenger's air bag light came on intermittently stayed on. Passenger's weight requirement for the seat was specified in the manual, however, the light would not go off. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer found a recall on the air bag software. Per the recall the technician reprogrammed the air bag sensor and the light went off. Consumer was concerned because he was not notified of a recall for this problem.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

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