really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,978 miles

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2008 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jul 062016


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. While parking, the vehicle independently accelerated when the brake pedal was depressed and crashed into a fence and a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained bruises to the chest that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #21

Jun 202015


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 15 mph going around a bend, the steering ability seized. The contact crashed into a parked vehicle, rolled back, and struck another parked vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the contact's head struck the windshield. The brakes also failed to respond. A police report was filed. The following day, the contact went to the hospital due to a severe headache and fever. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot by the police, towed to an independent mechanic, and then towed to the contact's residence. After the manufacturer was notified, the vehicle was towed by a third party investigator to their facilities. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000. Updated 05/31/16

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #20

Nov 062015


  • 57,297 miles
We pulled the car out of an intersection and T boned another car. Both cars were totaled in this accident, yet no airbags deployed. There was no fire. The accident happened on a flat roadway. The driver of the Hyundai was wearing his seatbelt. Please see pictures.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #19

Sep 152014


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. While driving at 45 mph, the vehicle lost all steering capabilities. The contact crashed the vehicle into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact was injured, but did not require medical attention. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the power steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the remedy failed to correct the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #18

Oct 262014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The vehicle was in an accident where the auto cartwheeled, hit a telephone pole, and landed upside down. Not a single airbag deployed.

- Denison, TX, USA

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problem #17

Dec 312013


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. When the contact started the vehicle, the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated until the vehicle was turned off. The failure occurred only after the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 11V179000 (air bags). The vehicle was not sufficiently repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 272014


  • 52,000 miles


TL * the contact owned a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 30 mph, the driver side of the contact's vehicle was crashed into by another vehicle. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the left shoulder, back, and neck which required medical attention. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The cause of the air bag failure was unknown. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #15

Mar 042014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 222013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Traveling down a dirt road at approximately 30mph. Both front airbags deployed.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #13

May 082013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 189,148 miles
Traveling 38-40 mph damp road, swerved to miss animal. Fish tail, spun approximately 270 degrees; hit tree on passenger side door; broke passenger window. Pushed forward, hit tree in front quarter panel passenger side then again hit tree directly front center of car. ESC did not work (received ESC recall when got home from accident); brakes locked up (ABS didn't work); neither front or side airbags deployed. Car totaled: Damage to front bumper; engine hood; front windshield; passenger door; passenger window; front passenger tire bent in towards car. Passenger received lacerations from broken glass, driver & passenger received several bumps, bruises, sore necks, sore backs. Have another Hyundai with intermittent tps light - dealer wont fix... huge concern with safety!

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

problem #12

Dec 042012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 55,819 miles


While driving East toward home, a large SUV or pickup truck came around the curve with bright lights on, thus blinding me. I did not see a car turning left until too late to stop. Resulting in rear ending the other car. The air bags on my Hyundai failed to deploy. Also I do not think the right seat belt did not catch allowing my wife, the passenger to travel to its end and hitting her head on the dash or windshield, also injuring her right shoulder. I did not receive any recalls on seat belts or air bags.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #11

Jan 042011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Vehicle was traveling North on fm 429 and hit a patch of loose gravel. The car began to skid and landed front first into an embankment. The vehicle then began to roll multiple times until it rested on its side. No air bags deployed during the entire accident. The only air bag that deployed was when she stepped on the door trying to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was rested on it's side and she had a hard time getting out of the vehicle.

- Quinlan, TX, USA

problem #10

May 162012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, she crashed into the rear end of a vehicle and then crashed into the side of another vehicle. The air bag did not deployed.the vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 85,000.

- Coldwater , MS, USA

problem #9

Jul 012011

Elantra 4-cyl Diesel

  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact was driving 30 mph when the vehicle crashed into a wall after the accelerator pedal was depressed instead of the brake pedal. The vehicle was not destroyed. The air bags failed to deploy during the crash. The contact suffered a head injury as a result of the crash. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 17,000 and the current mileage was 18,000. Updated 12/12/11

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 072011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
Driver was doing about 50 mph. Car coming in opposite direction decided to do a U turn in front of driver and hit front of car. Airbags did not go off which was odd. Hyundai have been contacted and expect us to keep the car for around 2 months and not get it fixed until they get around to looking at it. This is obviously a delaying technique and they are very anxious to cancel the open ticket. Aaa want to get the car fixed (which is understandable as they are paying for rental car) and need to move on. Having done some investigation online, it looks evident that there are have been a number of 2008 Hyundai Elantra cars with airbags that have not worked in several road accidents.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 042011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 17,300 miles
Driver pulled car out of driveway, drove down block about 40-50 foot, turned car around and pulled up in front of residence, put car in park and driver's air bag deployed. There was no "crash", no potholes on street, no ruts in driveway he turned around in. Car was towed to dealer and they claim the computer showed car suffered impact. They also stated car had some marks underneath. If they are claiming the incident was the result of hitting a pothole, wouldn't the air bag have deployed at impact not 3-5 minutes later when car was put in park? also, ironically, this vehicle was brought to the dealer 5 days earlier for the recall repair for the air bag. There were no problems with this vehicle prior to the recall work and the incident. We live on a small dead end street with no potholes and there are no ruts or potholes in front of our house. Two neighbors witnessed the incident. The dealer offered up that since the computer says there was impact, they will do nothing for us. They state the recall repair had nothing to do with the air bag deploying when it did. I contacted my insurance company and they sent someone to look at the vehicle. Their report states that there are some marks underneath which my local mechanic says most cars that drive on our roads display. The insurance company found no damage to the frame, the radiator or anything else. The cost of fixing the car is estimated at $1793.50. I have a $500 deductible and I had to rent a vehicle at my own cost. My husband, thank god, suffered no major injuries. We are terrified to get back in this car. I tote around my grandchildren in this vehicle. I am hoping you can look into this. I would hate for anyone else to go through something like this and maybe not be so lucky as my husband was.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 012011


  • 99,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated the air bag warning light remained illuminated. NHTSA recall campaign id 11V143000 air bags: Frontal: Sensor/control module repair was performed; however, the repair did not correct the failure. The dealer advised that the air bag warning light remained illuminated and the failure would needed to be diagnosed. The manufacturer filed report 441870, and stated the air bag light remaining illuminating was not included in the recall. They would not offer any assistance with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current miles were 99,500.

- Red Creek , NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 312008


  • 14,000 miles
There was no particular incident related to a crash. Twice since 10/08 the dashboard airbag light has gone on for no reason and would not go off. The Hyundai dealer said the first time that the wiring was loose from the time of installation most likely, and they tightened the wires. Second incident was 2 weeks ago. This time they tell us we have a faulty harness and it needs to be replaced. We are still waiting for the part which is supposedly on manufacturer backorder. They tell us the issue is so uncommon that they have not seen it before. Just doing a search online I see the recent recall for similar airbag issues on the 01-02 Elantras, so this makes me nervous. Please please investigate this issue with the 08S as well! this is our only car and I do not feel safe driving it, especially while waiting for the new harness..but in the long run I worry about future failures if an accident did occur.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 072008


  • miles
The car is a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. My wife and mother were in a head-on crash which totaled her car. The other airbags never deployed. We specifically purchased this car because of its safety ratings. The airbags in the other person's car deployed but not my wife's. we are very upset and concerned. My wife's mother was hurt.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

May 262008

Elantra 7-cyl

  • 1,586 miles
On May 26 2008 my wife and I were involved in an accident. Another car ran the red light and hit us. My wife and I were injured and our car was totaled. None of the airbags went off on our brand new 2008 Hyundai Elantra. We were later told by Hyundai that passenger airbags don't always go off because of weight variations in some adults. My wife is 5' 4" and her weight is normal for her height. Hyundai never told us of this potential problem with airbag deployment. This company should be required to inform the potential buyer limitations involving safety features! many unsuspecting people could be severely injured without this knowledge. Also this information should be given to the potential buyer prior to purchasing the vehicle not after! we purchases a second Hyundai ( 2008 tucson) and this vehicle has had problems with its passenger airbag - in fact it was during this repair that Hyundai informed us of the weight issue involving airbags. Updated 01-26-09 updated 01/2609. Updated 07/16/10.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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