Notes: Be aware that there's a significant trend of owners complaining that the Elantra's fuel economy is significantly less than the EPA estimates.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,234 miles

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2012 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Mar 122014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Driver attempting to brake but the brake system failed and hit another car, also upon impact the airbags did not deployed to protect the driver considering how severely the front area of the car were damaged. 2 days prior to the accident, car was not starting, was jumped- start and vehicle was brought to Hyundai service and they did not see anything wrong.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 262013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
My 2012 Hyundai Elantra was hit in what I believe is known as the B-pillar on the passenger side (the center column between the front and rear doors).I am uncertain how fast the other vehicle was going but it was fast enough to do approximately $6000 worth of damage, and I suffered a head and back injury.thankfully I did not have any passengers of the airbags deployed.I normally have both of my children in the rear seat but they were not with me at the time of the accident.I have been given several explanations as to why the side curtain airbags did not deploy, none of which make sense to me.I understand that airbags themselves can cause harm and they are designed only to deploy when needed. With that being said, the impact point on my vehicle seems to be at exactly the point of the sensor in that pillar (according to the illustration in my owner's manual).I recognize that my car can sense whether I have a front seat passenger, but I am not aware of a sensor being in the rear seat. I worry about what the result would have been if one of my children had been in that rear vehicle was deemed unsafe to drive so I had to leave it at a body shop the day after the accident.I am unable to Transport it to the dealership for inspection and the dealership tells me they are unable to inspect it at the body shop.they tell me to bring it in for inspection after the repair.the body shop tells me they have to rely on the vehicle's computer system to display a problem if there is this point, I have little faith in the vehicle and am unwilling to accept a failure of the light to come on as a proof that everything is working properly.additionally, I purchased the vehicle brand new-the exterior is red and the interior is black. I later learned that this color combination was never an option, leaving me to question the quality assurance measures in place.

- Leonardtown, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 192012


  • 19,000 miles
On October 19,2012, I was driving on 94 E in milwaukee, Wisconsin and got into an accident involving four vehicles. The traffic was going at a steady pace around 60 mph. The next thing I saw was brake lights and the car in front of me hitting the vehicle in front of him. I knew I would not be able to stop in time and hit the car in front of me and I also was hit from behind. I was the 3rd of 4 vehicles so my car was damaged in the front and the back. The damage was estimated at around $13,000. None of the airbags deployed. I went to the emergency room upon the night of the accident with back, neck, arm, and chest pain. Fortunately, I did not have any broken bones or serious injuries. I still have some aches and pains but am very blessed to be uninjured. Although I was fortunate to be physically healthy, I felt it was necessary to report this incident. I am a 24 year old active/healthy adult. If it were an inactive adult, an elderly person, or if a child were in the passenger seat, the outcome would not have been as fortunate. I needed to report this incident for others who had purchased the 2012 Hyundai Elantra. I know previous reports have been made regarding this make/model and the airbags and I felt like it is my duty to report my situation.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #3

Jul 262012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


2012 Elantra was struck in center of hood by Jeep SUV at approximately 45* angle. Jeep was traveling approximately 45 mph. Elantra was traveling approximately 5 mph. Elantra bumper caved in all the way to the engine block in the center. Air bags did not deploy. Investigating officer questioned why air bags did not deploy as well as the wrecker driver. Both commented that in their experience the air bags should have deployed in this case. Photos available for review.

- Richton, MS, USA

problem #2

Apr 072012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
Drivers side air bag deployed and metal bracket deployed with air bag from headliner area also and sliced my ear in half... could have been neck... I have pictures of the wreckage inside and outside...

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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problem #1

Feb 112012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
Stated Hyundai was hit on driver side rear by an SUV. Rear door curled around center post but side air bag did not deploy. Driver suffered slight concussion and neck strain. Rear door was destroyed along with rear fender & rocker panel. Estimated speed of offending SUV was 25.

- Natrona Heights, PA, USA

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