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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,320 miles

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2001 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 012011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Hyundai Sonata. Consumer writes in regards to airbag light being continuously on the consumer stated each time the air bag light illuminated, it required the dealer to reset the error code. On the last occasion, the dealer found a loose connector under the front seat. On several other occasions, the dealer stated the problem was caused by items being placed under the seat, however, the consumer stated that was not the case. The consumer discovered two recalls had been issued regarding air bag problems.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #5

May 182009


  • 120,000 miles
I was driving my 2001 Hyundai Sonata and had an accident. Front end damage estimated at $3500. Airbags did not deploy!! my husband and myself were both injured in the crash. I hit my chest on the steering wheel, hard. My husband hit his head on the rearview mirror and windshield and we both went for medical treatment. We both still have pain. My husband has had a headache since the crash. The car was towed and was totaled out from the damages. I have to now look for another vehicle. I am sure if the airbags went off, we wouldn't have been injured like we did. I do feel that we are entitled to something for our pain and suffering.

- Rockford, , IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 152008

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Family vehicle: 2001 Hyundai Sonata -my wife had called me tues. 15th, Jan. 2008 afternoon, that the airbag light was illuminated on the dash. Assuming a malfunction in the airbag safety system, I told her to drive conservative, until we could have the airbag safety system checked out. Approx. 90 minutes later, she's calling me back, quite a bit shook up, explaining that she was loading some items in the trunk and when she slammed the trunk closed, the front passenger, side impact air bag deployed! according to her, quite an explosion and odor. We're thankful that there were no family member sitting in the seat at the time. I have taken digital photos and notified my car insurance company for documentation purposes. I spoke with the local Hyundai dealer and I confirmed, through the VIN, that this vehicle was brought in for recall/defect air bag warning light service, 7-20-2002. Recall id 01V347000 states that ab warning light could illuminate due to motion of side impact ab wiring harness/connector and that this could prevent deployment of side impact ab's. well, in this different case, the ab warning light did come on (and is still on), and slamming of the trunk triggered the side impact ab to deploy! so either this is a new safety issue or the Hyundai dealer is negligent and did not address the issue appropriately. Nothing yet has been done to correct the failure. Hyundai dealer is telling me recall remedy is beyond warranty window and I have to burden the cost I feel, from a liability standpoint, Hyundai needs to get this right at their cost for their ill repair or possibly new safety issue to vehicle ab safety equipment. Thank you

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Dec 222006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 146,000 miles


Hyundai Sonata 2001 side impact air bag deployed without cause. I was waiting at a stop light when air bag deployed airbag deployed while at a stop, therefore did not cause an accident. Damage to drivers side seat, headache, and left shoulder sore for a couple of days. Took car into be inspected by Hyundai. They refused to inspect without a deposit. (which will not be refunded) in my opinion, this is a defect within the car, and no matter how many miles the car has, airbags should not deployed, unless the car is in an accident.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 312006

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 305,920 miles
: the contact stated that the air bag light on the dash illuminated upon adjusting the front passenger seat. A NHTSA recall, # 02V105000 was performed on the vehicle concerning, the air bag; side/window however, the recall did not remedy the problem. The dealership would not offer a second repair without charge under the recall.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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problem #1

May 022001


  • miles
Prior to receiving recall 02V15, consumer was involved in an accident, another vehicle travelling 35 mph struck consumer head on, the side door air bag did not deploy, consumer states at no time since purchase of the vehicle has the SRS light illuminated, consumer was injured in the accident.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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