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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,394 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 012011

Sonata

  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that both side air bags sensor lights illuminated constantly. Recall NHTSA campaign id number: 02V145000; air bags: Side/window was related to the failure which doesnt include his VIN. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who informed him that they had to perform a diagnostic test to see what caused the light to illuminate constantly. The contact was responsible for the cost of the diagnostic test. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that his VIN was not included in the recall and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- St James, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 082006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
: the contact stated the front left side curtain airbag deployed without warning or cause on 2/22/2004, while driving around a corner at 2 mph. The vehicle was taken to the sales/service dealer, but the service dealer refused to repair or replace the air bag. On 6/5/2006, a NHTSA recall letter # 02V145000 for the air bags: Side/window was issued. The manufacturer and sales/service dealer refused to honor the recall, although the VIN was included.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #10

Nov 212003

Sonata

  • 31,000 miles
While driving 25 mph the driver's side side impact air bag deployed inadvertently. The consumer had three children in the vehicle, two of which were disabled at the time of the incident. There were no injuries in this incident. The manufacturer and the dealer have been informed of the problem.

- Hurst, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 262003

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at normal speed, the air bag deployed. There was no warning prior to the deployment. The consumer contacted the manufacturer and was told the vehicle was on recall, however they did not have the consumers address to notify him.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Jan 272003

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,725 miles
Impact to drivers door and the side airbag failed to deploy.

- Allison Park, PA, USA

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problem #7

Nov 112002

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30-35 mph vehicle was hit on driver side, between driver door and passenger door. Both front air bags deployed, side air bag on driver side did not. Driver hit his head on window. Damage to vehicle unknown at this time.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #6

Jul 232002

Sonata

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer received recall notification 02va45 to replace the air bag sensor. However, when recall was performed, the air bag wiring harness was rerouted. When questioned by consumer, dealership stated that there was another recall to be performed to replace the air bag sensor. Consumer is appalled that the 2nd recall was never received. Recal#02V145000

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 062002

(reported on)

Sonata

  • miles
Consumer received recall 02V145 and scheduled an appointment to have repairs, however the dealer stated the earliest appointment available was a month later, the consumer does not feel that this is not an acceptable amount of time for the recall repairs to be done.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 082002

Sonata

  • miles
The passenger side air bag deployed without any accident and injured the consumer?S daughter. The consumer was informed by the dealer that a recall had been issued regarding a side impact sensor which caused deployment of the side air bags without provocation.

- Maysville, KY, USA

problem #3

Mar 232002

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was driving 45mph when driver's side air bag deployed after a slight swerve. No injuries. Consumer stated that the air bag came out of the seat on driver left side and tore the seat and open.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 042001

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle was hit on driver's door. Speed of impact was 45 mph. Upon impact, driver's side airbag did not deploy. Consumer suffered neck and back injuries. $ $6000 damage to vehicle.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 112001

(reported on)

Sonata

  • miles
Vehicle was hit at 65 mph in a side impact collision. Upon impact, driver's side air bag did not deploy.vehicle was equipped with frontal and side air bags cause unknown.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

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