Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
AIR BAGS
PE08017HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY03/10/200807/10/2008AIR BAG LIGHT ILLUMINATION
 In certain model year (my) 2001 and 2002 vehicles, the air bag system is susceptible to air bag light illumination and air bag non-deployment or inadvertent deployment from liquid contamination of the air bag control module.the control module is located beneath and near center console cup holders.odi is also aware of complaints regarding air bag light illumination due to loss of proper air bag electrical integrity in wiring and connections located under the front seats.under investigation pe08-017, hyundai provided 472 owner reports and 9,108 warranty claims related to these issues for my 2001 and 2002 vehicles built through 12/14/2001.odi is also aware of six incidents of seat belt pretensioner/air bag inadvertent deployments due to liquid spills.to address the above issues, on 04/25/2001, hyundai added a carpet cover/shield over the air bag control module connector area and upgraded the cable routing and attachment points to improve the electrical connections on vehicles built after 12/14/2008.this preliminary evaluation is being upgraded to an engineering analysis (ea08-012) for further investigation of certain my 2001-2002 subject vehicles built through 12/14/2002.
AIR BAGS - FRONTAL
PE08017HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY03/10/200807/10/2008AIR BAG LIGHT ILLUMINATION
 In certain model year (my) 2001 and 2002 vehicles, the air bag system is susceptible to air bag light illumination and air bag non-deployment or inadvertent deployment from liquid contamination of the air bag control module.the control module is located beneath and near center console cup holders.odi is also aware of complaints regarding air bag light illumination due to loss of proper air bag electrical integrity in wiring and connections located under the front seats.under investigation pe08-017, hyundai provided 472 owner reports and 9,108 warranty claims related to these issues for my 2001 and 2002 vehicles built through 12/14/2001.odi is also aware of six incidents of seat belt pretensioner/air bag inadvertent deployments due to liquid spills.to address the above issues, on 04/25/2001, hyundai added a carpet cover/shield over the air bag control module connector area and upgraded the cable routing and attachment points to improve the electrical connections on vehicles built after 12/14/2008.this preliminary evaluation is being upgraded to an engineering analysis (ea08-012) for further investigation of certain my 2001-2002 subject vehicles built through 12/14/2002.
AIR BAGS - FRONTAL - SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
PE08017HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY03/10/200807/10/2008AIR BAG LIGHT ILLUMINATION
 In certain model year (my) 2001 and 2002 vehicles, the air bag system is susceptible to air bag light illumination and air bag non-deployment or inadvertent deployment from liquid contamination of the air bag control module.the control module is located beneath and near center console cup holders.odi is also aware of complaints regarding air bag light illumination due to loss of proper air bag electrical integrity in wiring and connections located under the front seats.under investigation pe08-017, hyundai provided 472 owner reports and 9,108 warranty claims related to these issues for my 2001 and 2002 vehicles built through 12/14/2001.odi is also aware of six incidents of seat belt pretensioner/air bag inadvertent deployments due to liquid spills.to address the above issues, on 04/25/2001, hyundai added a carpet cover/shield over the air bag control module connector area and upgraded the cable routing and attachment points to improve the electrical connections on vehicles built after 12/14/2008.this preliminary evaluation is being upgraded to an engineering analysis (ea08-012) for further investigation of certain my 2001-2002 subject vehicles built through 12/14/2002.

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
AIR BAGS
02/28/201129000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. while the vehicle was parked while starting the vehicle he noticed the air bag light was on. he stated no one was sitting in the passenger seat. the air bag light stays on constantly. the failure had been on going for one month. the vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure. the dealer advised the contact that the air bag control modular was defective and needs replacing. the vehicle had not been repaired. the vin was unavailable. the manufacturer was contacted and he was advised that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. the failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 29,500. vwb
02/28/201129000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. while the vehicle was parked while starting the vehicle he noticed the air bag light was on. he stated no one was sitting in the passenger seat. the air bag light stays on constantly. the failure had been on going for one month. the vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure. the dealer advised the contact that the air bag control modular was defective and needs replacing. the vehicle had not been repaired. the vin was unavailable. the manufacturer was contacted and he was advised that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. the failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 29,500. vwb
02/28/201129000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. while the vehicle was parked while starting the vehicle he noticed the air bag light was on. he stated no one was sitting in the passenger seat. the air bag light stays on constantly. the failure had been on going for one month. the vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure. the dealer advised the contact that the air bag control modular was defective and needs replacing. the vehicle had not been repaired. the vin was unavailable. the manufacturer was contacted and he was advised that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. the failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 29,500. vwb
02/28/201129000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. while the vehicle was parked while starting the vehicle he noticed the air bag light was on. he stated no one was sitting in the passenger seat. the air bag light stays on constantly. the failure had been on going for one month. the vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure. the dealer advised the contact that the air bag control modular was defective and needs replacing. the vehicle had not been repaired. the vin was unavailable. the manufacturer was contacted and he was advised that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. the failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 29,500. vwb
04/14/2010
 The vehicle was involved in a front end collision, totalling said vehicle, and the airbags did not deploy. nothing was done to correct this failure as the vehicle was a total loss. however, hyundai motors never came to inspect the car, despite being given ample notice. the vehicle has since been scraped.
04/14/2010
 The vehicle was involved in a front end collision, totalling said vehicle, and the airbags did not deploy. nothing was done to correct this failure as the vehicle was a total loss. however, hyundai motors never came to inspect the car, despite being given ample notice. the vehicle has since been scraped.
04/14/2010
 The vehicle was involved in a front end collision, totalling said vehicle, and the airbags did not deploy. nothing was done to correct this failure as the vehicle was a total loss. however, hyundai motors never came to inspect the car, despite being given ample notice. the vehicle has since been scraped.
04/14/2010
 The vehicle was involved in a front end collision, totalling said vehicle, and the airbags did not deploy. nothing was done to correct this failure as the vehicle was a total loss. however, hyundai motors never came to inspect the car, despite being given ample notice. the vehicle has since been scraped.
04/14/20101
 2003 hyundai elantra. consumer states vehicle was in an accident and airbags did not deploy *tgw the vehicle was totaled. *jb
04/14/20101
 2003 hyundai elantra. consumer states vehicle was in an accident and airbags did not deploy *tgw the vehicle was totaled. *jb
04/14/20101
 2003 hyundai elantra. consumer states vehicle was in an accident and airbags did not deploy *tgw the vehicle was totaled. *jb
04/14/20101
 2003 hyundai elantra. consumer states vehicle was in an accident and airbags did not deploy *tgw the vehicle was totaled. *jb
05/01/2009344861
 I had taken my car in for service in april 09 for oil change, tire balancing. i had to return it because car was veering to the left. when i picked it up the 2nd time the the airbag light came on and now stays on while driving. on 5/1/09 i took the car back to dealer and they said the cause is ppd sensor open which they want to charge me $390 to fix. since the elantra of 2001-2002 had the same issue with an airbag light this may be a defect in the 2003s as well. *tr
10/20/2008720001
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. while driving 15 mph on normal road conditions, another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the contact's vehicle. the air bags failed to deploy. there were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. the contact sustained moderate injuries. the vehicle was completely destroyed. the police and ambulance were called to the scene and a police report was filed. the vehicle was towed to a collision center. the failure and current mileages were 72,000. updated 01/14/09. *lj updated 01/21/09
12/02/2008640001
 My 2003 hyundai elantra has 64,000 miles on it & the airbag module went out & am told it will cost over 800.00 to fix & it won't deploy if i have an accident. i have hyundai extended coverage plan of 10 years/100,000 miles & was told it covers 'everything but the sink' they tell me it won't cover this. this seems like a safety issue to me. *tr
03/10/20071
 The airbag light is on, i it replaced. i have no idea if it will work, if it will go off and kill someone driving the car. please recall the cars and have hyundai replace or repair this situation before more people are killed. thanks *tr
08/15/2006150000101/27/2003
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. on august 15, 2006, while driving 40 mph, the front end of the contact's vehicle crashed (t-boned) into the front end of another vehicle. the vehicle was destroyed. the air bags failed to deploy. the contact sustained chest pains from the steering wheel pressing into her chest. a police report was filed. the powertrain was unknown. the current and failure mileages were 150,000.
12/17/200540450212/24/2003
 My vehicle, a 2003 hyundai elantra, was in an accident and the air bags failed to deploy. my vehicle right front bumper struck a jeep cherokee in the rear tearing the wheel completely off and most of the rear fender, at 40 mph. *nm
10/04/200525000307/01/2003
 The airbags in this car have failed to open even though this car has been involved in 3 collisions in which caused severe damage to the front of the car. the bumpers and front quarter panels had to be replaced in all three cases. *jb
01/13/2005112/12/2003
 My husband was in an accident, where he rear ended a dodge truck. the airbag didn't go off until the car had stopped. when the airbag went off, it went off to the side instead of full face. my husband broke his clavicle as a result of this failure. the car was a total loss per the insurance company. my car was a 2003 hyundai elantra.*ak
12/01/20041
 While driving consumer's vehicle rearended another vehicle. upon slaming on the brakes gear automatically put itself into neutral, causing the steering to lock up. also,the air bag did not deploy. *ak
09/15/2004240001
 Driver's front airbag light remains on while driving. have not received recall notice as of 12/11/04. *jb abl.pco
10/13/2004148003
 Brakes failed, and consumer's vehicle rear ended another vehicle at 35 mph. steering failed, and air bags did not deploy. consumer was not notified of any recalls. recall 03v496000 was issued. *ak
08/29/200417000104/05/2003
 2003 hyundai elantra traveling at 70mph hit a large deer on highway. over $6200 damage due to the extensive impact. brakes were applied and a sudden deceleration occured but airbags did not deploy. the hyundai dealership body shop said the airbags should deploy in such a major impact but could not explain why they did not. hyundai will not return calls or offer any help. i feel this is a severe safety concern since the impact was quite substantial and this needs to be addressed by their company.*ak
10/31/2003120001
 Air bag light came on while driving. vehicle was taken to the dealership. the location of the cup holder posed a problem. liquid from a drink leaked into air bag harness, and rendered the air bags inoperative.*ak abl.pco
03/11/20041
 Consumer's daughter wa sinvolved in a collision. consumer's vehicle hit another vehicle that made an illegal turn. upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. consumer sustained minor injuries. *ak
02/01/20041
 While driving at 35 mph front driver
01/02/20041
 While driving 55 mph driver applied brakes and pedal went to the floor. vehicle skidded into a parked vehicle. both airbags did not deploy. the vehicle was towed.*ak
AIR BAGS - FRONTAL
09/13/201085000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. the contact was traveling 25 mph and swerved to miss a deer. when the contact swerved they hit a rock head on. the air bags did not deploy on the vehicle. the contact was able to drive the vehicle back to their home. the contacts insurance inspected the vehicle and deemed the vehicle destroy. the contact has held onto the vehicle trying to find out why the air bags did not deploy and over time they have notice the steering wheel is coming apart and the air bag is starting to come out. the vehicle had not been inspected by the dealer. the contact wants to know why the air bags did not deploy. the failure mileage and current mileages was 85000.rl
09/13/201085000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. the contact was traveling 25 mph and swerved to miss a deer. when the contact swerved they hit a rock head on. the air bags did not deploy on the vehicle. the contact was able to drive the vehicle back to their home. the contacts insurance inspected the vehicle and deemed the vehicle destroy. the contact has held onto the vehicle trying to find out why the air bags did not deploy and over time they have notice the steering wheel is coming apart and the air bag is starting to come out. the vehicle had not been inspected by the dealer. the contact wants to know why the air bags did not deploy. the failure mileage and current mileages was 85000.rl
09/13/201085000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. the contact was traveling 25 mph and swerved to miss a deer. when the contact swerved they hit a rock head on. the air bags did not deploy on the vehicle. the contact was able to drive the vehicle back to their home. the contacts insurance inspected the vehicle and deemed the vehicle destroy. the contact has held onto the vehicle trying to find out why the air bags did not deploy and over time they have notice the steering wheel is coming apart and the air bag is starting to come out. the vehicle had not been inspected by the dealer. the contact wants to know why the air bags did not deploy. the failure mileage and current mileages was 85000.rl
09/13/201085000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. the contact was traveling 25 mph and swerved to miss a deer. when the contact swerved they hit a rock head on. the air bags did not deploy on the vehicle. the contact was able to drive the vehicle back to their home. the contacts insurance inspected the vehicle and deemed the vehicle destroy. the contact has held onto the vehicle trying to find out why the air bags did not deploy and over time they have notice the steering wheel is coming apart and the air bag is starting to come out. the vehicle had not been inspected by the dealer. the contact wants to know why the air bags did not deploy. the failure mileage and current mileages was 85000.rl
09/11/201095000
 Driving down the road bout 25-30 miles swirved (very sharp) didn't think it should have been such a sharp turn- anyway swirved from hitting a deer- so i did excelerate and ended up with a direct front hit- car is totaled- actually lost a piece of what holds the engine up the bolt is broken in half-hood of car can not be opened - impact through my neck and back out- no airbags
09/11/201095000
 Driving down the road bout 25-30 miles swirved (very sharp) didn't think it should have been such a sharp turn- anyway swirved from hitting a deer- so i did excelerate and ended up with a direct front hit- car is totaled- actually lost a piece of what holds the engine up the bolt is broken in half-hood of car can not be opened - impact through my neck and back out- no airbags
09/11/201095000
 Driving down the road bout 25-30 miles swirved (very sharp) didn't think it should have been such a sharp turn- anyway swirved from hitting a deer- so i did excelerate and ended up with a direct front hit- car is totaled- actually lost a piece of what holds the engine up the bolt is broken in half-hood of car can not be opened - impact through my neck and back out- no airbags
09/11/201095000
 Driving down the road bout 25-30 miles swirved (very sharp) didn't think it should have been such a sharp turn- anyway swirved from hitting a deer- so i did excelerate and ended up with a direct front hit- car is totaled- actually lost a piece of what holds the engine up the bolt is broken in half-hood of car can not be opened - impact through my neck and back out- no airbags
04/04/2009600001
 My son was driving a 2003 hyundai elantra and hit black ice on interstate 81s at approximately 60mph. he lost control of the car and it spun and hit the center guardrail. the vehicle was a total loss. the airbags did not deploy. fortunately, he was unhurt, but i have searched the web and there are many complaints about this issue posted at various sites. but it seems that hyundai is not taking action. *tr
11/24/2007498251
 A deer leaped in front of my car causing me to crash into the divider on highway - no airbags deployed during this incident. *tr
07/07/200646000107/24/2003
 I was in an automobile accident on 7/7/06 and my airbag in my 2003 hyundai elantra gt did not activate. there was extensive damage to the front end. the car is totaled. *jb
10/16/2002146108/23/2002
 Dt: contact stated on 10-16-2002 his wife was driving at 20 mph and was involved in an accident. someone hit the contacts vehicle on the left front wheel on the driver's side, but it also affected the passenger's side which was where their handicapped son was sitting and was injured. the passenger side air bag came out, but it was not inflated, it was torn. hyundai said they were not responsible. everyone was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. there were pictures, and a police report. *ak the air bag displayed a 4-5 inch gash. it deployed but it was flat. the vehicle was a total loss. *sc
05/21/20051
 Dt: the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. contact states there was a right side frontal impact collision the drivers side air bag did not deploy. contact has not been to the service dealer or contacted the manufacturer.
05/12/20041
 While driving at 35 mph, the consumer's vehicle was involved in a front end collision. upon impact, the air bags did not deploy and the seat belt did not hold the passenger, no warning light appeared prior to the crash. *ak *sc *jb
02/17/200435001
 While driving at 20 mph, the vehicle in front of the consumer made a sudden stop. the consumer crashed into the back of the other vehicle. there were no injuries in either vehicle. the consumer was wearing seat a belt, but the air bags did not deploy. *jb
05/03/200428000104/19/2004
 Consumer's vehicle was hit on the passenger side door at 45 mph by another vehicle. . this occurred while the vehicle was at a complete stop, but idling. upon impact, passenger side air bag and the frontal air bags failed to deploy . as a result, passenger's head hit the window, and his side hit the console. also, driver sustained neck injuries and bruises.*ak
05/12/200460000110/15/2002
 While driving 35 mph consumer was involved in a front end collision. upon impact the air bags did not deploy nor did the air bag light illuminate prior to the crash. the driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. *ak *nm
05/05/2004110/06/2003
 I was involved in a car accident and the driver's air bag did not deploy and the passenger's did. the dealeship tells me that the driver's side air bag did not deploy because i had my seatbelt on and there was no weight on the seat and that the passenger side deployed because the was no seatbelt on and there was weight on the seat. i don't understand how this makes sense because ther was nothing or no one on the passenger side. i was driving and i would like to know why my air bag did not deploy. i was hit on the driver's side so i just don't understand.
09/09/200312333510/26/2002
 The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times because it was not stopping when braking. on 9/9/2003, while trying to stop at a stop sign, the brakes failed. the vehicle hit a truck and the front air bags did not deploy. driver sustained injuries to the pelvic area and bruises on the upper legs. front passenger's head broke the windshield, and passenger suffered seizures. child in the rear, age 11, sustained arm bruises. driver and passengers were transported to the emergency room for treatment. the vehicle was assessed by a repair mechanic, who determined air bag sensors were impacted, and the brakes failed. *ak the vehicle would tremble, the a/c did not work, the engine light was intermittent (go on and off), and the seat belts were inoperative. (which occurred 2 weeks after purchase) *sc *jb
12/14/200330001
 While driving approximately 10 mph during a snow storm, the vehicle began to fish-tail and hit another vehicle. the front air bags did not deploy. the driver sustained bruises to the chest area and injured the back and neck areas. please provide any additional information. *nlm
05/22/2003300105/12/2003
 The vehicle was involved in a collision, and the driver's air bag did not deploy. *jb ph *jb
AIR BAGS - FRONTAL - SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
06/10/200936700104/01/2003
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. the contact stated that the air bag warning light continued to illuminate on the instrument panel. the dealer stated that the module failed and would cost over $600 to repair. there were no recalls for the failure and the manufacturer has not been notified. in addition, the low beam headlights would burn out every 3-6 months. the current and failure mileages were less than 36,700. updated 9/1/09 *cn updated 09/02/09.*jb
06/01/200545000306/01/2005
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai elantra. the contact noticed that the air bag indicator light kept illuminating. the dealer repaired the failure and diagnosed it as the air bag sensor. approximately 60,000 miles late, the failure recurred. also, currentl ythe electrical system failed. the contact stated that the radio activated automatically, the volume increased, and certain lights inside the vehicle, such as the air conditioner controller lights, failed to illuminate. the contact had the radiator replaced . in addeition, the tires were constantly wearing out, and she was about to purchase fourth set in less than two years. she has not spoken with the manufacturer about the failures. the current mileage is 73,000 .and failure mileages was 45,000. *ak abl.pco
01/28/2004500001
 Air bag controller sensor is located underneath the cup holder. in the event of a liquid spill the air bag system will short out. when this occurs it will result in premature deployment of the air bags. *ak abl.pco
AIR BAGS - SIDE/WINDOW
08/06/2009655001
 No known problems with air bags. i was in a t-bone collision with a large suv (suburban) totaling my car. the hit was on the driver's side and none of the airbags deployed. the police officer stated suburban was traveling 35-40 mph. *tr
05/03/200428000104/19/2004
 Consumer's vehicle was hit on the passenger side door at 45 mph by another vehicle. . this occurred while the vehicle was at a complete stop, but idling. upon impact, passenger side air bag and the frontal air bags failed to deploy . as a result, passenger's head hit the window, and his side hit the console. also, driver sustained neck injuries and bruises.*ak