really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,577 miles

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2009 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #17

Oct 032016


  • 65,423 miles


The indicator light for air bags came on and I have no idea what might have caused it as my wife and I are very careful with our assets...we are both 75.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #16

Jul 182016


  • 233,451 miles
Driving home with no passanger and passenger air bag deployed breaking windshield.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #15

Jun 132016


  • 102,000 miles
I took my vehicle to wilson Hyundai for the recalls to be corrected. I was also having issues with an air bag light and a clicking noise in the steering wheel. I received a call telling me my steering column needed to be replaced because there was a short in the sensors to a module. I was then told that the sensor to my passenger seat had malfunctioned and that I needed to replace the entire bottom portion of the seat. They were wanting to charge me over $6,000 to repair these two issues. There are recalls on both of these issues: NHTSA 15V100000 addresses issues with the steering and the fix does not include or require the replacement of the entire steering column. The solution for this recall is to reprogram the computer. This does not address the clicking noise in the column where a gear/cog disintegrates over time.... a $12 part is estimated to cost over $500 in labor to replace. The issue with the air bag malfunctioning is addressed in 2009 Hyundai Elantra air bags: Frontal: Sensor/ control module NHTSA campaign #11V143000. I am being told that this issue is only for certain 2007-2009 Elantras manufactured before Nov 1, 2008. My vehicle was manufactured April 30, 2009 so they dont want to fix the problem even though it is the exact same problem addressed in recall. I would greatly appreciate it if you would look into this matter and expand the manufacturing date to address those of us who own a 2009 manufactured after November 1, 2008 Hyundai Elantras whose air bags are malfunctioning.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #14

Oct 192015


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front passenger's side seat sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #13

Mar 112016


  • 122,069 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 5 mph and making a right turn, the air bags deployed without warning and cracked the passenger side windshield. In addition, the driver side tail light failed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 122,069.

- Union, SC, USA

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problem #12

Dec 232015


  • 113,000 miles
I hit a deer on highway 890 in rotterdam NY, spun out of control and hit the guardrail, car had damage all around, the most damage was in the front resulting in a totaled vehicle, my whole front end is gone, and no airbags deployed, we were traveling doing about 60 miles per hour

- Altamont, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 102015


  • 66,600 miles


My daughter was driving this car...."while driving the above car at 50-55 mph, I saw cars slamming on their brakes, I hit my brakes to avoid the cars, I hit a construction cement wall and then hit a car in front of me." Major front end damage, hood buckled, bumper detactched, battery exploded with impact. The car make was unidentifiable due to front end damage. Steering wheel air bag nor side bags and curtain did not deploy. Car was written as totalled as the estimated repair bill amounted to over $15,000 damage.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #10

May 122011


  • 12,000 miles
Airbag warning light on the dashboard would turn on when the passenger seat was moved forward. We received a recall on the issue and it "appeared" to fix the issue once completed, but the issue has been happening intermittently throughout the past four years. Today, the airbag warning light stays on at all times as of July 5, 2015.

- Fairview, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 012015


  • 53,500 miles
Back in 2011, our 2009 Hyundai Elantra airbag light would stay on intermittently when the passenger seat was slid back. The light would go off when the seat was slid forward. Hyundai issued a recall in 2011 adding a cover to a sensor that seemed to fix the issue. Now, July 2015 and the airbag warning light is on and stays on. It started again when I: entered the vehicle, started it up, the airbag light went off. I then dropped two rental dvd movie cases on the passenger seat cushion, the weight of the two meager plastic cases triggered the light to come on the instant the cases landed on the cushion. It has stayed on since.

- Fairview, PA, USA

problem #8

Mar 012015


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 10 mph and making a right turn, the power steering seized without warning. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a medium concrete divider. The frontal air bags did not deploy. No injuries were sustained. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an impound yard. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. Updated 6/8/15

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 082014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles


Airbag sensor passenger seat assembly reads that there is someone sitting in passenger seat when no one is in seat.

- Chula Vista , CA, USA

problem #6

May 122014


  • 170,000 miles
My vehicle the Elantra ( aprox sp 40mph) rear ended a Chevy Tahoe( aprx sp 30mph) my Elantra was a total loss and my lower back was injured as well as my right hand. I had to be taken from the vehicle from ems and transported to the hospital. The occupant of the Tahoe didn't receive any injury. This is the second accident in this vehicle that the air bags did not deploy. In 2011 my vehicle moving aprox 55mph struck 3 deer at once on the passenger front of the vehicle, my son experience a shoulder injury who was my passenger.

- Oroville, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 112014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
I drove my 2009 Hyundai Elantra gls (5 speed manual transmission) into my friend's driveway, came to a complete stop, after being stopped for apprixmatley 30 seconds I pulled the car out of gear, pulled up the hand brake, and turned off the car with the key. As I turned off the car/pulled out the key, the passanger and driver side airbags deployed while my passenger and I were sitting in the front seats. No severe injuries were sustained by my passenger or me. However, days later the loud explosion of the air bag deployment has left a ringing in our ears. It is important to understand that there was no front collision or abrupt stop that should have caused a deployment. The vehicle was at a stable zero speed. Also, I am the origional owner of the vehicle and the vehicle has never been involved in an accident or had the air bags deploy previously. The dealership has reported to me that the vehicle computer codes identified that the vehicle had a front collision, as well as a passenger air bag failure. The service rep agreed with me that there was clearly no impact and agreed with me that the front collision was some sort of false signal. I have filed a report with Hyundai and it is under investigation, but I want to make sure that this is publically recorded due to the danger of the incident.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #4

Apr 092010

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 29,560 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated while driving 50 mph, the contact crashed against another vehicle. The vehicle was damaged and destroyed on the passenger side. The contact stated that none of the air bags deployed. The contact sustained injuries in the neck, back, and concussions in the waist. The contact now suffered from temporomandibular joint disorder and migraines as a result of the crash. The vehicle was inspected by the insurance company but the contact did not know the results. The failure was reported to Hyundai. The approximate failure and current mileage was 29,560...updated 08-07-13

- Tarpon Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 252011


  • 40,200 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated while making a right turn he applied the brakes to avoid crashing into the vehicle coming toward him; however, the vehicle spun out of control and crashed into a guard rail. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was not filed. The contact was injured and taken to the hospital. The dealer and manufacturer were contacted regarding the failure. The failure and current mileages were 40,200.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 252009


  • miles
Couldn't stop in time to avoid rearend collision my Hyundai Elantra 09 airbag did not deploy, the front clip was totaled. Hyundi should be held liable for my injuries which is severe neck and back pain. I need some advice on how to proceed.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #1

Oct 022009


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that she was involved in a crash that involved five vehicles. Her vehicle was hit in the front which caused her vehicle to hit another vehicle in the front as well. She stated that the crash was not a head-on collision and that it occurred while driving approximately 35 mph. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained a fractured sternum when her chest hit the steering wheel. The contact could not recall if other drivers or passengers were injured. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer obtained her information and will mail her forms to complete so that they can conduct an investigation. The current and failure mileages were approximately 4,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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