really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,211 miles

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2007 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Sep 232008


  • 13,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. While starting the vehicle the air bag light came on and stayed on. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the defective air bag sensor. The first air bag failure occurred in September 2008, since that time the failure had occurred three additional times. The air bag sensor was replaced three times and the last failure that occurred the dealer replaced the air bag control module. The front tires were replaced four times due to the suspension which included a front end alignment. She was also informed by the dealer on November 19, 2010 that the rear camper was out of specification and that the front sway bar links were replaced twice. The vehicle had not been repaired for the rear camper specification. The failure mileage was 13,000 and the current mileage was 68,000.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 012010


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the air bag sensor remained illuminated on the instrument panel whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the airbag module sensor located underneath the passenger seat needed to be replaced. There was no charge for the service repair, and the owner was responsible for the rental vehicle expenses. The failure mileage was 62,000. The current mileage was 63,009.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 022009


  • 18,000 miles
Owner of a 2007 Hyundai Elantra (<20,000 miles). Brought it in to dealership 3X for airbag light being on. Now found out the dash and floor wiring harness need to be replaced due to cupholder leaking condensation onto wiring harness and shorting it out, thus disabling the air bag system. Not covered under Hyundai warranty. Exact same problem that was issued a recall for in 2001 Hyundai Elantra model "Hyundai is recalling certain my 2001 Elantra vehicles. If a liquid is spilled in the area of the cupholder on the center console, it may seep through the console opening for the parking brake lever and then drip onto the air bag control module electrical connector. The spilled liquid may contaminate the air bag control module and its electrical connector to the air bag wiring harness and cause the supplemental restraint system (SRS) warning light to illuminate."

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #5

Sep 282009


  • 33,085 miles


The incident is liquid that dripped into the emergency brake causing wires to melt for the airbag system. The cup holders are located directly beside the emergency brake. The emergency brake housing, contains the wiring harness for the vehicle. There is no sort of protective device to keep liquids from getting on the wiring. What happened in my instance is that liquid must have dripped off of a cup in the cupholder, not sure how condensation off of a cup, could cause insulated wires to melt, but it dripped into the console area and melted the air bag wiring harness. It requires a complete replacement of the harness. Warranty not covered because it is not a part defect. Safety hazard because it can cause a fire if not fixed. Should have a protective cover in the event of something like this occurring.

- Waynesboro, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 042009


  • 45,200 miles
Air bag sensor light consistently on in 2007 Hyundai Elantra. Taken to dealership and they reported that the wiring had been shorted out by soft drink spilling into the console from the cup holders and shorting out the wiring harness, disabling the air bags. There are no warning stickers on the console warning of the risk of leakage from the cupholder into the console and no warning to this effect in the owner?S manual. Wiring harness was replaced and owner cautioned by technician and service manager on danger of liquid seeping from cup holder into console and recommended not using console cup holders but ones in back seat instead. Research on the internet resulted in discovery that this exact same problem had resulted in a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall of the 2001 - 2002 Hyundai Elantras requiring installation of a protective cover to correct the problem. Apparently the problem has not been resolved in the 2007 Elantra and a design flaw still exists such that a minor spill from the cup holder installed on the console can short out the wiring making the airbag inoperable and putting the passengers at risk and resulted in at least one death prior to the earlier recall. (www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2008/03/nhtsa_hyundai.html).

- Reston, VA, USA

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problem #3

May 152008


  • 36,000 miles
2007 Hyundai Elantra gls. Air bag light comes on indicating there is some malfunction with air bag deployment. I've had this covered under warranty last year (May 2008) and Hyundai replaced the air bag sensor by the driver's seat. The air bag light is once again on right now. By simply moving the driver's seat back and forth, apparently leads to the failure/malfunction of the air bags. This seems to be a faulty air bag sensor that so often breaks down at the place that it has been installed.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 052009

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,480 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. When the vehicle is started, the air bag light remains illuminated. He called the manufacturer and was advised to submit a complaint in writing for their review. The failure mileage was 18,480 and current mileage was 19,681. Updated 06/27/09 the consumer stated he took the vehicle to the dealer, but after waiting for 6 hours he left. Updated 06/23/09.

- Cape Coral , FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 182007


  • miles
Dear representative I purchased the 2007 Hyundai Elantra gs for my son in December due to it's market safety ratings. I was ensured by the sales teams and reports that this car was safe. This morning my son was in a bad accident, and the airbags did not deploy. The car rear side window was crushed, the top of car was pushed inward and pinned under a pipe fence, the driver side where the gas tank was located was smashed to the point that components melted together. Also, there was major damage to the tires/rim, side, and front of the car. Bumpers in the front and back were dislodged and shredded in some areas. This \was not acceptable to sell cars that air bags did not deploy with the amount of damage sustained. I wish to file an official complaint against Hyundai. I would like to know what outside organization's could I register the complaint with. Hyundai could have cost my son his life to make a quick buck.

- Crowley, TX, USA

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