Why is my airbag light on?

Asked by Sep 02, 2012 at 02:06 PM about the Hyundai Elantra

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

went over railroad tracks a bit too fast and the light has been on since then, but the bags have not deployed.

51 Answers

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Sounds like a bad connection. Either at the sensors (front of car on or near the radiator support) or at the clock spring (in the steering column). With this light on steady your airbag(s) will NOT deploy. Even if you're in a collision. The light is warning you that the system has been disabled because the computer found a problem. HTH. -Jim

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I've had the same problem on my 2013 Elantra. I got a run-around answer about my bag being in the passenger seat & it being too heavy. Neither of which are true. I will definitely keep on them about this. Thank you for your answer, Js08016! Do you know if it is a common problem?

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I don't know if it is common for your Elantra. On GMs the usual culprit is the clockspring in the steering column. HTH. -Jim

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Looks like it's a common issue, i have the same problem on my Hyundai Elantra

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I called and took it in because that whole not deploying part was a little unsettling. It turns out the scale was not calibrated correctly. At least that's what they said. Either way the issue was resolved.

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We have the same problem with our Elantra...we had some electrical problems and after having to disconnect the battery the airbag light comes on all the time.

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Just brought our 2011 Elantra in for airbag light on & they said it's the clockspring & want $250 to fix! Ugh

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We have a 2010 Elantra Touring. The air bag light is in constantly. Took it in to the dealer and my regular guy, both said it was a "switch" in the passengers seat that required the entire seat bracket to be replaced. Both quoted $2,500 +/-. Any advice for a less costly solution would be appreciated... PS- both said the light would not prevent deployment, so JS08016's comment is a bit disconcerting.

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Another air bag light intermitent. Called deaaler and they said could be weight switch, seat belt issues, computer issue, and $120 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

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My mother and I both have 2010 elantras and the airbag light has appeared on both of our cars. She had to pay $250 just to fix the issue. I have yet to get it done. I was thinking about trading it in for a newer model but there always seems to be issues with this car.

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2003 airbag light on .....it will be a bad connection if you have airbag under the seats check the connection first .......thank you..........................................by mr kevin b-k-a-dj red

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2003 Elantra airbag light on .....it will be a bad connection if you have airbag under the seats check the connection first .......thank you..........................................by mr kevin b-k-a-dj red

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People really need to call NHTSA about this: This is a safety system defect and should be fixed for FREE under a recall for all of these vehicles.

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I have 2012 Elantra and my airbag light stays on...they said it's the clock spring..cost $395.really???? This shouldn't be.

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so any responses that help? Lots of complaints, I also have an out of warranty 2012 elantra and would like my airbags to work if I'm in an accident, paying 99 to "evaluate" the light and no clue of what it will cost AND having to leave my car at least a day with them and get a rental does not seem like an option and YES seems as though this should be a recall issue!!!

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My 2012 Elantra also has the air bag light on and is out of warranty period. Took to the dealership and had to get a diagnostic done (cost $99.00) was told it was the clock spring needed to be replaced (cost $385.00). I declined to have the work done as the dealership cost is always outrageous. Everyone really needs to report this to NHTSA as this should be covered at no cost to be fixed. https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/

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same here with my 2011 Elantra, out of warranty after 5 yrs and 3 days, Airbag light on, steering wheel controls like car volume, mute, scan, fwd/back, cruise control, etc.. not working anymore. At first it was intermittent for 1 month, works here and there 1 out 5 tries, but now 100% dead. I was shopping for a new car for my daughter over the long Labor Day weekend, I was about to get another Hyundai Elantra (2016), sales rep offering me 1k off from msrp as a return customer. 19k otd and all. I decided to walk away. Too risky for loved ones to drive a Hyundai.

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2005 Elantra had airbag light on after an frontal collision but before it was on and off. Will get a scanner to read the code.

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If you get codes B1448, 1449, 1450, then call your dealer and they will reprogram it for free.

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For the record, with the airbag light on the airbags will not deploy! Even in a collision! The system is designed that way to prevent accidental deployment due to a malfunctioning system. The light being on means that the computer has detected a fault within the system and the system has been disabled until the needed repairs have been made. -Jim

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I have 2013 Elantra and all of a sudden Airbag lights popped up. I notice if I lock the seat belt on rear seat it goes off and lights up again.

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i have a 2006 and my driver side airbag light is on hope it is a simple fix

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I have a 2012 Hyundai Elantra with the very same issue. Any hope of it being fixed for free?

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Also 2012 Elantra. Went over some brick pavers and it now blinks on and off intermittently, but is mostly on. Interestingly, the other person who had steering wheel accessory control issues may also be on to something, as I've had those pop up a couple times as well.

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If lights on means air bag is disabled.thats good.Don't have to worry about fixing it soon.It can;t hurt the car being on.Thanks a lot for the advice.

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My husband sprayed t he wires to air bags and the light went off.No worries anymore.It's on a 2003 cadilac.

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Good news I got a letter from Hyundai in the mail 2 days ago saying they have extended the warranty on the steering clock spring (what may cause the airbag to light up)to 15 years and unlimited miles for elantras. I'm going in tomorrow to get mine fixed. the light randomly turned on a couple months ago, I have a 2012 Elantra limited. If anyone is interested in the letter i can post it

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@Taku yes please post the letter. And it will be appreciated if you can email at coolaliahmed@gmail.com

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Here is one of the Hyundai letters, I hope it helps

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here's another one for the steering rubber coupling (which may cause a click if its damaged)

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https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/ Above link is mainly for US country. May I know is anyone have Malaysia link to file a similar complaint for Hyundai Elantra?

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I opened the Hyundai Elantra Extended Warranty on 07/03/17 and thought, wow that was nice of Hundai to automatically extend the warranty on the clock spring and steering rubber coupling. I kid you not that my wife texted me a picture of the airbag light being on in the dash as she pulled into work the morning of 07/05/17. Uncanny the timing of it really. I just found this string of question/answers and feel like it is 99.9% the clock spring mechanism as it has come up with other 2012 Hyundai Elantra owners. Ours also happens to be a Limited Edition, so I don't know if those are more prone to the issue. We have roughly 68,000 miles on the car. We will be going into the dealership this afternoon to have it fixed as the issue of the airbags not deploying in the event of an accident is worrisome. Thanks to all those who have posted in the last few years and have probably contacted the NHTSA and or Hyndai about this problem so that they would do something about this safety issue. I guess they don't technically have it listed as a safety recall at this point, but it should be made a safety recall issue. I think the warranty letter just says to bring it in only if it experiences the issue, but it sounds like a good percentage of people are experiencing this issue as of the last 4 years.

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Thank you everyone!! I have a 2013 Elantra with the intermittent air bag light also. Plus my cruise control no longer works, I wonder if it's all electrical?? I thought Hyundai was supposed to be a better car than average???

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I have 2002 elantra ,gals original owner one hundreds,and thirty miles,air bag on constantly,also cracked dash board,pretty bad,is this a defect.

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Debbers411, those are the exact symptoms of a bad clock spring. Hyundai extended the warranty. I like to think it is because of my very we'll received NHTSA complaint, but even though the timing was within a couple months of my filling, many others had done the same. Take it in to the dealer and have them check it. It takes only minutes to diagnose. Then, they file with Hyundai to get the part and about a week later you can make an appointment to have it installed. Takes less than an hour labor to do.

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I just wanted to thank the individual or group of people that did the leg work to get Hyundai to take ownership of this safety issue. Great job, I brought my car in today for the airbag light. You're a life saver!

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How do I get a letter from Hyundai extending the warranty?? I have the same issue with the air bag light.

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GuruD7H2Q there is a letter posted in this message stream, that's the proof you need

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So I just print it an take it to the dealer with me?? I don't have to have an actual letter from Hyundai??

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Yeah as Tim mentioned, just use the letter i posted earlier on the forum and that will be fine. My sister has the same Elantra as mine and she didn't get the letter, but was able to use the info from mine to get her repairs paid for.

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Ok. I will print the letter and take it to the dealer. Thanks for the information!!

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To be frank dealership did not even ask me for the letter. When i said that they have extended the warranty they did it for free.

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I have same problem when my air bag light went on while driving. My cruise control also stopped working and this was because of clockspring in steering. Hyundai has recall for clockspring. Below is the link and all you need to do is to provide VIN number and it will take you to the page. https://autoservice.hyundaiusa.com/CampaignHome/Campaign/Index

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Have an extended clock spring warranty repair appointment set for Monday. Thank you to all of you folks who made waves with the NHTSA. Glad I waited before paying to have it repaired.

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I have a 2014 Elantra with air bag light on. When I put in my vin only the extended warranty for the steering wheel comes up not the clockspring. Doesn the warranty not apply to 2014?

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I just started having the same issue - bought a used 2012 Elantra seven days ago - has 68000 miles - airbag light came on 2 nights ago - took it back to the dealership today - culprit was that clockspring - they didn't even request the letter from Hyundai that poster Taku so helpfully included - they repaired it - no charge - drove home and it's all good - thanks for sharing all posts - really helps!

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You can also go to this Hyundai site and check with your vehicle's VIN if your car is covered in the extended warranty program for the clock spring: https://autoservice.hyundaiusa.com/TXXA/MicroSiteTemplate/MicroSiteTemplateVINValidate/ 2880

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Wow, so helpful and glad I did a search to find out a out this. I have a 2011 elantra and my cruise control and air bag light both malfunctioned today. Calling Hyaundai to get it fixed.

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How convenient that my car has the 2 issues listed above, red airbag light is on and issues with the steering coupler. My Hyundai is not in the extended warranty for either issue! Not happy. 3rd Hyundai I've owned. I have a 2013 Elantra GT. The steering coupler cost me $395 dollars a few months ago and it still makes a rubbing noise. My airbag light just started. Not a happy owner.

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Dadecarlo, File a complaint and maybe they will add more years to the extended warranty. I took my car in today and the clock spring and coupler were both replaced at no cost.

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Great thread. Just came on in on our "new" 2012 Elantra. My vehicle qualifies. Will post how it goes after contacting dealer.

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