definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,610 miles

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problem #5

Jan 102010


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that after having the air bags frontal, sensor/control module (08V53300) repaired under the recall the air bag light remained illuminated while driving 25 mph. The manufacturer stated that since the recall repair was performed they are not obligated to repair the vehicle for free. The contact stated that the failure was a safety issue since the air bag could deploy while driving. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- West Depford, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 212008


  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. She received recall notice NHTSA campaign id 08V533000, air bags frontal, sensor/control module. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be repaired. When she picked up the vehicle the air bag light illuminated indicating that there was a failure. The dealer was notified and they stated that she had to pay for the repairs. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 15000.

- Apollo, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 062007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. The contact noticed that the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument control panel. Two years later, he received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 08V533000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module) and immediately took the vehicle to the dealer. The technician stated that because they previously installed a new side impact air bag wiring harness, connector clips, revised the side impact air bag wiring harness attachments under the driver's and front passenger seats, and because the air bag indicator was still illuminated, the contact would have to pay a diagnostic fee to have the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure mileage was 36,000 and current mileage was 77,000. Updated 02-23-09 upadted 02/24/09.

- North Wales, PA, USA

problem #2

May 252005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,048 miles
The air bag light came on three times. Took vehicle to dealer twice, but problem recurred. Dealer said a code came up on the diagnostic that said "P1378 dsab high resistance?. driver seat connector was disconnected. Dealer said they fixed the connector. But the next day the light was back on. The second time a code of ?P1367 psbp resistance too high". checked harness connector and found it to be okay. Also, air bag light appeared. Cleared computer code and retested vehicle and no codes were found at this time. Abl.pco

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 012003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The airbag sensor in my 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT does not work. The dealer says this is because the module got wet due to coffee being spilled onto it. The sensor sits somewhere under the cup holder. Liquid can get into it via the gear selector. Dealer says this is owner abuse and wants $1200 to repair. To me, this is a design defect because it should be expected that some liquid may spill from a cup in the cup holder. Even if we replace the module, since it is not sealed, there is no guarantee that something won't spill on it in the future. Abl.pco

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA