Notes: There's an emerging trend of transmission problem with the 2010 Elantra at fairly early mileage.

So far owners report having the transmission replaced under warranty but that won't hold up for much longer. It may be a bit premature but for now we're putting the "CLUNKER" rating on the 2010 Elantra just to be safe.

Speaking of being safe, you might not be unless Hyundai can figure out why their airbags aren't deploying.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
19 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
24 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,578 miles

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2010 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Nov 042019


  • 110,000 miles


Passenger airbag light has remained on for the past 6 months. I have researched the internet and learned that this is a common occurrence in 2010 Hyundai Elantra models. Many other Hyundai models are being recalled for airbag defects. I do not understand why there is not a recall on my model. Car not safe to driving wondering if air bag will deploy in an accident. I contacted the dealership and Hyundai headquarters but both stated my VIN is not part of this recall. Why?

- Malvern, PA, USA

problem #34

Jun 062020


  • miles
The airbag warning indicator light turned on and would go on and off, but wouldn't tell me whether it is for the passenger light (which has become faulty sometimes having a false positive or false negative to whether the passenger is there), but most recently has stayed on permanently with the passenger light correctly reading off - it is unclear whether that means that there is an electrical issue or if the driver's side would not deploy. It is unclear what is wrong with the airbag overall and if the car has switched off airbag deployment. The warning light has switched off a few times seemingly indicating everything is fine, however it now stays on regardless of where driven.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #33

Apr 122020


  • 93,000 miles
Hydroplaned head on into a guardrail and airbags didn't deploy doing 23+ mph. Highway going around a turn.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #32

Oct 152019


  • 40,000 miles


My red air bag notification on my dashboard stays on. Was told this means no air bag coverage. Also that it is not operating properly. I am driving this but only because dealership said I would need too pay for inspection to see what the problem is then pay to have it fixed. This is not acceptable I am a senior driver and never had a ticket but am worried that this may cause it to deploy on it's own while driving. As a safety issue I feel this not be a charge that I need to cover. I was never notified of a power steering recall. Only told about it some time after I paid to have this repaired. Now I feel this should be handled as a safety issue by the dealer not me. There are many reports of this regarding the red light alert happening and nothing being done.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #31

Sep 172019


  • miles
The eps light on the dashboard came on one day. I was worried about driving the car, so I went to a nearby mechanic first. He informed me there was an issue with my steering column and an open recall for my VIN. He encouraged me to go to a dealership and see if the recall was connected to the steering issue. I went directly to the dealership and had the recall performed. A few days later, the eps light came back on. Shortly after that, the airbag light also came on. I parked the car for fear of a possible incident. I was finally able to get the car back to the dealership. After initial diagnostics, I was informed the steering column needs to be replaced and the technician wants to start the airbag fix by replacing the sensor under the passenger seat. Each repair was over $2,000 with my grand total being just over $4,800 and no guarantee that it will be safe to drive at that point. I have read multiple other complaints about both of these issues and people with under 60,000 miles dealing with $2,000+ dollar repairs. If the steering goes out, it has caused accidents. That coupled with the airbag light, which notifies the whole airbag system has been disabled, makes this car totally unsafe to operate. Even out of their warranty periof now, these were reported issues that I was not made aware of when the car was purchased used in 2013. I contacted the corporate office and made my complaint. When I received a callback, I was told that because my car is over the mileage warranty and there were no open recalls, nothing could be done to help me. The $4,800+ repair bill is mine and mine alone.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

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problem #30

Aug 022019


  • 133,000 miles
Airbag light on dash came on and won┐T shut off. Airbags won┐T deploy even in a crash with this light on.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #29

Jun 062019


  • 105,000 miles


Airbags failed to deploy during front end crash at 35-40 mph

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #28

Oct 222018


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned and the driver was unable to turn the steering wheel. As a result, the contact's vehicle rear ended a second vehicle before crashing into a utility pole. The air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained chest and neck injuries and the front passenger sustained injuries to the right hand and head. Medical attention was received. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The local dealer was not notified. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #27

Aug 192018


  • 56,000 miles
Request extended warranty for airbag light that continually stays on. Request extended warranty and free diagnostic check and check of clock timer.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #26

Sep 102017


  • miles
"takata recall" today 9/25/17, I took my car to my mechanic because the horn does not work. I was told that the pad in the steering wheel where the airbag is. It is not making contact to make the horn work. He stated that it was a defect from the factory. I never got a recall notice of there being a problem with the airbag. The mechanic was able to test the horn under the hood of car, however whenever I need to blow the horn it does not work.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #25

Aug 162017


  • 130,000 miles


After driving about 15 minutes with my kids in the back I parked my car in my driveway, turned body to get something out center console, engine was off keys where in my hand and the steering wheel airbag deploys.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #24

Aug 062017


  • miles
The air bag light stay on not working

- Pocono Summit, PA, USA

problem #23

Nov 072016


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the service engine, air bag, and additional unspecified warning indicators remained illuminated. The vehicle was scheduled for an appointment with a dealer to inspect and diagnose the failures. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- Shelby, MS, USA

problem #22

Sep 292016


  • miles
Airbag lights constantly on. Clock spring issue.

- Enon, OH, USA

problem #21

May 062016


  • 28,453 miles
Due to inclement weather, this vehicle ran into the back of another vehicle at approximately 40mph and the airbag did not deploy. Why" the driver of this vehicle was slammed into the steering with such violent force, her sternum was fractured and her heart muscle bruised. Hyundai does not appear on the takata recall list. Whom does Hyundai utilize for its airbags"

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #20

May 062016


  • 59,000 miles
Airbag light turned on while driving on rough road on hwy appx. 59K miles. Had passenger in car appx 200 lbs. Took to dealer at 60,500 miles. Is either a faulty seat bracket $2500+ to replace the passenger seat or damaged SRS module $1000+, or possibly both. Dealer recommends bring car in for additional diagnostic to remove seat an center console $300+ in labor just for that. My warranty conveniently expired at 60K. Dealer could not guarantee a 500 mile extension to my warranty so I will not be proceeding with repairs. This is an unacceptable practice from Hyundai, I did nothing wrong to my car, this is a factory defect.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #19

Feb 102015


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owned a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 13 mph, the vehicle accelerated. The brake pedal was depressed and stuck to the floorboard and the steering wheel locked. The vehicle crossed opposite lanes and crashed through a gate and into a house. The air bags deployed long after the crash occurred. The contact was knocked unconscious momentarily and received medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a tow yard. Three months later, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic) and 15V1000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and requested information to investigate the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 63,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 022016


  • 98,445 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. While starting the vehicle, the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred on several occasions intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,445.

- Hackleburg, AL, USA

problem #17

Jan 202016


  • 112,099 miles
Airbags did not deploy in a head-on collision. Another driver was travelling too fast on snow and slid into my lane while I was traveling in the opposite direction. His airbag deployed, mine did not. This was a 6 airbag system, with no passengers in car. I need assistance pulling out the event data recorder and crash data before this car is salvaged so we can get Hyundai to recall this system.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #16

Jun 182015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 73,070 miles
Sitting in traffic on 405 freeway near exit 52 going South to work when I was rear-ended by a 2013 Nissan. Back and front of car folded up, I was ejected from the seat belt (opened up and flew into passenger seat) and not one air bag opened. I could not move, my foot was fractured, stomach hurt, neck, back and arms in pain. Chp on the scene. Car that ran into the back of me pushed me into a large truck and pushed the truck into a car. 4-car accident. Car has been totaled and I am reporting the failure and defect with the seat belts and air bags. MA 10/5 updated 11/06/2017

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

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