really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,848 miles

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2006 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Nov 032011


  • 34,850 miles


My airbag light stays on and I have been told that the sensor needs to be replaced. The passenger air bag will not deploy if I am in an accident. The repair cost is over $600. In my opinon this could be a possible recall issue.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #11

Dec 012010


  • miles
Probable fire hazard: Problem with frequent burning out of fuses to cigarette lighter (charger), some dash lights (back light for digital radio channel indicator) either no longer work or come off and on (ash tray light), ac and fan knobs--used to have to tap on them to get them to light, acted almost like a dimmer switch, sometimes had to tap several times to get to turn on, and sometimes knob back lighting on, but dim, and had to tap to get full power to bulbs, cd player overheating and stopped working--gives error message, (had similar cd player overheating with a 2003 Mitsubishi lancer I owned in early to mid-2000S, but cd player continued to work--Elantra does not work more than a few seconds before ejecting cd.) headlights burning out too frequently (including last time, when headlight removed on passenger side, light went out on driver's side as well.) headlight had short and would come back on when I banged on lens with fist for several months, became more and more frequent until if finally burned out. Concerned of risk of electrical fire as engine area becomes hot. Note that clear-coat on hood over each headlight area and over fuse relay box area became yellow, then brittle, peeling off in past 6 months. Purchased vehicle in July 2008 or 2009? believe it had about 63,000 miles on it then--currently 138,000 miles. Airbag light says off when 200 lb. Husband seated on passenger side on occasion recently noticed in last year.

- Faison, NC, USA

problem #10

Aug 012011


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the air bag warning light had been illuminated on a consistent basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where they stated that the front passenger air bag was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 68,000.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #9

Jul 122011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 120,992 miles


Car flipped over 3 times airbags didn't deploy.

- Paul, ID, USA

problem #8

Apr 172011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I have a 2006 Hyundai Elantra that was manufactured February 4, 2006. Within the first year the air bag light in the dash illuminated when a pot hole was hit but turned off when driven over railroad tracks. Air bag light recently came on again now that car is over 50,000 miles and our of warranty dealership claims that the SRS harnesses driver and passenger need to be fully replaced. These parts cost over $1200 without labor and neither have been recalled in this year and model. Dealership informed me that none of the airbags in the vehicle will work while this light is illuminated. Passenger seat is operated by a weight sensor and previously had illuminated properly until I paid the dealership to look at my car. I noticed later that evening that now the lights were not illuminating in regard to the passenger air bag. Vehicle was bought brand new and has never been involved in any wrecks.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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problem #7

Jan 012011


  • miles
Air bag dash light constantly lit and passenger air bag indicator constantly off even with passengers sitting in it or even if the seat is empty.

- Crescent Springs, KY, USA

problem #6

Nov 112010


  • 57,000 miles


The vehicle was involved in an accident where the owner would have expected the side impact airbag to deploy and offer protection against injury. Despite extensive damage to the driver's side of the Elantra and the deployment of the front (I.e. steering wheel) airbag, the side impact airbag did not deploy. The Elantra took a direct hit from another vehicle at approximately a 90 degree angle (I.e. it was "T-boned"). the force of the impact spun the Elantra 180 degrees from the direction it was traveling. The impact begins on the driver's door, but is deepest in the back-seat passenger's door. The maximum depth of the indentation is approximately 6 inches inward and is approximately 20 inches wide. The vehicle that hit the Elantra was going approximately 55 mph.

- Carrollton, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 042009


  • 31,000 miles
Was broadsided in my 2006 Hyundai Elantra, prior to my accident had car at dealer twice where car was purchased for problems with airbag light going off an on. No matter who sat in front seat it still did that. I was told both times that it was fine only it wasn't, my 14 yr. Old daughter was in front seat the side air bag did not go off. She hit her head on the passenger window causing her to be rushed to the hospital. She is ok but still feeling pain. Only after this accident did I hear about some of the recalls and troubles others have had.

- Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 172006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
I purchased my 2006 Hyundai Elantra in Dec 06 and noticed almost immediately that the passenger air bag off light would stay on at times when there were passengers are in the front seat. On my first oil change, I reported it to the dealer and was told that since it didn't happen when they sat it the car, nothing could be done and that perhaps my passenger was not seated "correctly". I accepted the explanation at the time, but having sat in my own passenger seat when I was sleepy and my mother drove, I am disturbed that despite being seated upright with my seatbelt securely fastened, the light would still not stay off consistently. I found a technical service bulletin for this issue and brought it up to the dealer again at my last car servicing in Feb 08, but was again told that it did not happen at the service shop, so it could not be fixed. I understand this concept, but I am greatly concerned that my vehicle is not safe because the air bags may or may not deploy. The tsb states that this may occur with smaller stature adults, but I have no children or very small friends/family, and I am certainly average sized and the light still goes on and off. My concerns are only assuaged by the fact that I was told by the dealership mechanic that it is just a light sensor and that the air bags will always deploy if the seatbelt is buckled. I hope that this is true, but after reading other comments on this site about air bags not deploying, my anxiety about the safety of my vehicle has increased. I plan to write a letter to Hyundai regarding this matter but I am not sure if my concerns will be taken seriously, so I am hoping that this entry will help to bring more attention to this issue. My question is simple. Is it really just a flaky sensor/light or are my air bags unreliable?

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 302006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
- the contact stated that the 2005 Hyundai Elantra was struck by another vehicle while driving at 55 mph on the passenger's side door. The contact stated that this vehicle was traveling at AP10-15 mph at the time of the crash. The passenger's side airbag did not deploy. The crash occurred as the vehicle started through the intersection after waiting at a red light. The contact stated there was only one passenger in vehicle. There was never any maintenance or service performed on the passenger's side airbags. The failure mileage and the current mileage were both 49000. Updated 03/30/07.

- Sterling, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 092006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,800 miles
I failed to turn my wheel sufficiently and hit a palm tree at four miles per hour. No air bag deployed and I hit the steering wheel. The vehicle suffered $3400 of damages from this four mile per hour crash. I do not feel this vehicle is safe.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Oct 132006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,143 miles
2006 Hyundai Elantra limited VIN: [xxx]. on Oct 13th 2006 this vehicle was involved in a accident. The speed at impact was estimated at 60 mph, and the air bags did not deploy. The front end of vehicle was crushed, and vehicle has been determined to be a total loss. Updated 07/12/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Litchfield Park, AZ, USA

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