really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,236 miles

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problem #5

Feb 192003


  • 9,980 miles
I owned 1 2002 Hyundai Elantra, in which I was involved in a serious accident on the freeway. My car was only 5 months old when this accident occurred. This car was purchased because it had been equipped with 4 airbags, which included head protection. This accident occurred on February 19, 2003. I was hit by a semi truck, mainly on the drivers side, to which none of the 4 airbags deployed. Hyundai had been contacted, to which they claim there was no possible fault of the manufacturer. I am permanently disabled due to this accident, which left me with a brain injury as well as numerous permanent issues. We are working with senator timothy grindell in the state of Ohio, to make "road rage" (which had been the reason for this accident), in trying to make road rage a punishable crime in the state of Ohio. We have not been compensated in any way from Hyundai motor company, not even another vehicle, since my car had been totaled. Can you please tell me if anything can be done since I recently found out that there has been a recall on the exact part that they found to be faulty, in that none of the air bags deployed. I am eager to get some kind of information, with the hopes of helping others in the future, in that these cars are unsafe, and that Hyundai will not take any kind of responsibility in this case. I appreciate any kind of help in my case, thank you very much!

- Montville, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 232005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 71,000 miles
2002 Hyundai Elantra,4dr. No passenger, driver of Elantra crossed intersection & did not see car coming to right of him, Plymouth mini-van hit side of Elantra traveling between 40 & 45 mph, impacted Elantra at the passenger side rear of front door and front of rear door, direct side hit, Elantra rolled onto its top, passenger side airbag did not deploy on Elantra, also no other airbag deployed on Elantra, Plymouth mini-van steering wheel & passenger front airbag both deployed.

- California, KY, USA

problem #3

Jul 272004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Mva 7/27/04 passenger side impact to my car driver seat belt did not lock I hit the steering wheel passenger side airbag did not deploy.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 272004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
On the evening of 6/27, my son was driving our 2002 Hyundai Elantra. There were three other passengers in the vehicle. A deer ran in front of the vehicle, and my son veered off to the right (in an attempt to avoid hitting the deer), ran off the shoulder of the road, and into a ditch. The vehicle did not roll over, but it came to rest on it's right side. The two front and two side airbags did not deploy. A fire ignited (almost immediately) in the engine compartment area of the vehicle. All passengers were wearing seat belts, and through the grace of god, all were able to escape the vehicle before it became thoroughly engulfed in flames.this is related to the fuel tank assembly recall 04V178000

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 292003


  • 2,200 miles
Vehicle was in a severe side collision, but the side air bag didn't deploy on impact. Vehicle was totaled.

- New Bedford, MA, USA