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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,985 miles

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2003 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jan 052009


  • 76,800 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag indicator continuously illuminates. He took his vehicle to the dealer and stated that they should have installed a harness to correct the failure. Instead, they only reconnected some wiring and cleared the air bag indicator. The contact would have to pay for the repair because it was not covered under the warranty. After two to three weeks, the light illuminated again. The Hyundai manufacturer stated that they are reviewing the issue and will call the contact back. He has not yet received a return phone call. The failure mileage was 76,800.

- New York City, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 152008


  • miles
In 2007, I had several problems with my airbag light repeatedly coming on. I was involved in a accident involving another vehicle and the airbag never deployed. When I took it into the shop they told me that there was wiring problems and at that time it was still covered under warranty. A few month later it came on again and this time I was told the sensor had to be reset. When I took it to the shop I was told that the complete motherboard circuit has failed and would need to be replaced with a new one, running almost $800.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #7

Jan 082008


  • 60,000 miles
Several issues with the vehicle, airbag has had several problems, never deployed when in accident, first issue was covered under warranty, said they had to rewire it, a few months later light come on again. This time they tell me the circuit motherboard has crashed, completely disabling the airbag. Second incident was with alternator, light continued coming on, dealership said nothing was wrong with car. Car eventually broke down in traffic, alternator had went out completely and it was only a few days after the warranty expired. I was forced to come out the pocket, now there are issues with the engine. The shaft position sensor has failed and my car broke down on the interstate. There have been several issues with my car, and I use it for transportation from school and work locally.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 012008

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


I am the one-owner of a 2003 Hyundai Sonata, 4 cyl., sedan. Two months after my warranty expired, the airbag light came on. I have yet to have it checked, but the vehicle has never been in an accident. I am hesitant to find out how much this indicator will cost to diagnose.

- Hooper, UT, USA

problem #5

May 102004

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
My air bag lights continue to come on. This has been occurring since 2004. Poor contact under seat was the first event.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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problem #4

Jun 302006

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was involved in a head on collision and none of the air bags deployed. While traveling between 45-50 mph another vehicle switch lines, cutting off the contact. The contact's vehicle went into the left lane and hit a guard rail on the left side of the road impacting the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle then spun around across both lanes and hit the guard rails on the right side of the road head on. None of the air bags deployed. The dealership has been alerted. There was extensive damage done to the vehicle. There were injuries sustained and a police report was filed. Updated 07/17/06.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 062006

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


: the contact stated the airbag warning light illuminated without incident. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for inspection. The dealer determined the airbag wiring located underneath the front seats was dislodged indicating an airbag failure. The service department suggested keeping the space underneath the front seats clear of any debris.

- Rutland, VT, USA

problem #2

Jul 032005

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,800 miles
In 2005 while driving my girl friends 2003 Hyundai Sonata, I went to make a left turn of a main street in oakland, ca. And was hit by a 2006 Mercedes Benz own the passenger side. No air bags where deployed at all. $80 dollars in damage was done. Hyundai corporation never came out to look at the car, but ruled that the sensors acted properly. The car wa equipped I believe with front and side air bags.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 082004

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
The consumer's Hyundai Sonata developed the following problems: The paint was peeling, the sun roof was broken, the passenger side window was inoperative, the brakes failed, the seatbelt broke, the engine blew up and the air bags failed to deploy. The engine surged. As a result of the engine blowing, the right side disintegrated.

- Webb City, MO, USA

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