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 1 of 2)

problem #26

Oct 012012


  • 20,000 miles


2012 Hyundai Elantra limited. The airbag warning light appeared randomly at first then remained on constantly. Over time, functionality of all steering wheel mounted controls for cruise control, trip computer, bluetooth, audio system, and horn were lost. I disassembled the steering column to access and remove the air bag clockspring. I tested the connections for continuity with a handheld meter and found none on any terminal. The clock spring failed.

- Nelsonville, OH, USA

problem #25

Aug 052016


  • 63,942 miles
While driving air bag warning light came on. Took car to dealer and they had to replace clock spring. Total cost $429.75

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #24

Nov 142016


  • 117,400 miles
2012 Hyundai Elantra limited has 117,400 miles on it and the airbag light won't go off anymore after starting the ignition.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #23

Sep 062016


  • miles


After out of warranty like 1 months or so the airbag light is on I do a research online a lot of the Elantra owner have the same issue after out of warranty same issues come out --airbag light on when I went to the dealer they changer hundreds to just to run a diagnostic. Hyndai has such a good reputation, something that has to do with safety like this should be covered for at least 5 years, hard to believe after 4 years so many people are having this issue.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 082016


  • 70,000 miles
Air bag light comes on and stays on. Costs $100 just for a diagnostic, on top of about $400 for repair according to multiple sources with the same issue.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

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problem #21

Sep 242016


  • 71,000 miles
At approx. 70,000 miles: SRS airbag warning light illuminates intermittently, then progressively steady illumination while driving. Airbag light comes on after tight right-hand turns, at any speed, then may turn off again when completing a left-hand turn. Over time, light stays on for most of driving time. Brought into dealership; diagnostics performed. Throwing dtc code B148100 driver airbag resistance too high 2nd stage. Technician said car needs replacement of both clock spring and driver airbag. No coverage on warranty (2nd owner plus factory warranty expires at 60K miles). Airbags will not deploy in the event of collision

- Evergreen, CO, USA

problem #20

Aug 292016


  • 69,000 miles


Air bag light coming on in 2012 Hyundai Elantra, took to the dealership to have a diagnostic done was told it was the clock spring (in the steering column) was no longer functioning. Was told if involved in an accident the air bags will not deploy. This was not covered under warranty period.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #19

Aug 212016


  • 53,250 miles
My airbag light is stuck on. Will be taking to a dealer however have found many other complaints of this problem online. The light will come on as usual when starting, go off after 6 seconds then stay illuminated while driving or go off and on.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #18

Sep 102015


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer months and a weight sensor on the front passenger side was replaced. The remedy did not correct the failure and the air bag warning light illuminated again. The vehicle was taken to another dealer where it was diagnosed that the clock spring failed and needed to be replaced. The contact was to check with the manufacturer to determine a repair solution from the dealer. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #17

Jul 202016


  • 54,650 miles
Airbag light came on about a week ago for about 10 minutes while at a drive-thru window and went off. Driving down a 45 mph road the light came back on and went off just as quickly. Called the dealer the next day and made an appointment. Light continued to go on and off while driving around town and even came on when I put the car in park. Took it to dealer and they couldn't "duplicate" the problem so they have no idea what is causing the light to go on and off. Has been doing it everyday since I left the dealer. I am waiting on a loaner from them so they can keep the car for longer than a couple of hours. Have to say I don't feel real safe driving my car with the airbag light going on and off while I am driving.

- Pine Hill, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jun 162016


  • 64,300 miles


Dashboard airbag light comes on and off intermittently while driving. The light stays on for a few minutes, turns off for a few minutes, and appears to happen at random.

- Osprey, FL, USA

problem #15

May 102016


  • 140,547 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated when the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer, but there was no recall. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,547.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #14

Apr 202016


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 10 mph, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. As a result, the contact's vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an unknown location. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Stuarts Draft, VA, USA

problem #13

Mar 252016


  • 91,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. When making a turn and driving over a curb, the driver side air bag inadvertently deployed violently. In addition, the front passenger side air bag inadvertently deployed and fractured the front windshield. The contact sustained minor whiplash, neck pains, headaches, and bruising to the right arm that did not require medical treatment. The vehicle was not diagnosed; however, the front windshield was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 91,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 082008


  • miles
Airbag light came on dealer reports it is a faulty clock spring. I see this has been an issue in the past with other Hyundai years and the dealer states it is a problem they frequently see.

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 192015


  • 106,000 miles
It was beautiful, dry sunny day when driving down a city street in a construction zone(half paved road half dirt road), all of a sudden the airbag light illuminated on the dash. It stayed on until 5 days later, the light flickered three times and stayed illuminated. A few time sitting still, car in the park position, car running the airbag light would be off but as soon as you put it into gear the airbag light on the dash would illuminate. Ten days later the light went off for 30 minutes(driving a city street in the rain with wind shield wipers were on) but then it came back on. When the mechanic ran a diagnostic check on it, no error message came up. He tried to reset the airbags but was unsuccessful. The light is still on. It is very unsettling not knowing if there is really a problem with the airbags or if it is a malfunction of the airbag system in some way.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #10

Sep 012015


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owned a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. While driving and making a left turn at 5 mph, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The front driver side air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained neck, back, right ankle, left knee, and left ring finger injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- Allegam, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 262015


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. While at a traffic light, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure recurred constantly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 252015


  • 87,000 miles
The airbag indicator light on the panel has come on for no apparent reason indicating there may be an issue with the airbags becoming disconnected"?"

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 022015


  • 0 miles
Earlier this month, two attempts to turn off/reset the red airbag symbol failed leaving me with a constant fear of safety for myself and passengers while driving my 2012 Hyundai Elantra. Inexplicably, the red airbag symbol popped up onto my dashboard screen even though I have never been involved in a collision with this car. I am the first and only owner and sole driver of my automobile. According to mechanics who have checked the airbag problem, in the event of a collision the airbag will malfunction potentially setting off a serious scenario for driver and passengers. Two attempts to readjust the airbag symbol and correct the problem were made by glendora Hyundai in southern California followed by a reputable automobile repair shop. The problem could not be traced or identified using state of the art diagnostic testing, thus, the root of the problem remains a mystery. Again, as long as the source of the airbag problem remains undetected the problem cannot be corrected and my vulnerability to being seriously injured is a viable specter that will no doubt be realized in the event I experience the misfortune of a vehicle to vehicle collision.

- Pomona, CA, USA

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