really awful
Crashes / Fires:
20 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
28 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,313 miles

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problem #39

Aug 302021


  • miles
My daughter was parked sitting in this car before going into work when all the airbags but the front ones deployed. The driver side one hit her arm very hard. The car was on but in park. Nothing hit the car.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #38

Oct 232021


  • 164,000 miles
The contact owned a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while her son was driving at an undisclosed speed, the vehicle first hit a pothole in the road, then crashed into a guardrail, pole and tree. None of the air bags deployed upon impact. The contact's daughter and grandson were passengers in the vehicle. The fire department had to cut the roof of the vehicle and rear passenger door, removed all of the windows and windshield in order to extract the contact's son, daughter and grandson from the vehicle. All parties were transported by ambulance to the hospital for injuries sustained. The contact's son suffered a head injury with a brain bleed and a broken right hand. The contact's grandson had a broken femur and the contact's daughter had bumps and bruises. Police and fire department reports were filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 164,000.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #37

Apr 202021


  • 47,000 miles
My 2010 Elantra has a faulty airbag module. My airbags have never been deployed and I only have around 47,000 in mileage. I took my car to the Hyundai dealership and they told me I have a code B1620. They said it would cost about $1100 to fix, which seems like an outrageous cost to me for a safety issue with the car. My car is no longer under warranty, but I believe an issue like this should be replaced free of charge.

- Astoria, NY, USA

problem #36

Jan 302021


  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer san leandro Kia (1066 marina blvd, san leandro, ca 94577, (510)347-3000) where it was not diagnosed. The vehicle had not been repaired as of yet. The manufacturer had not been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 165,000.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 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

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

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