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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,444 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

problem #2

Dec 042009


  • 70,889 miles


The airbag indicator light intermittently comes on, my 2003 Hyundai Sonata with 70K miles. This vehicle has never been in an accident and the seats have not been damaged in any way. The dealership used their scan tool and the code is B1382, the side air bag resistance is too high. The dealership told me that I have to replace the airbag harness (part #917003D010) and this is not covered under my standard warranty. This is a safety issue that the mechanic said is due to insufficient wiring being used in the design of the airbag system. The estimated cost to replace this harness is $1,349 plus the $98 diagnostic fee I had to pay.

- King George, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 142005

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving on the highway, another vehicle entered and started spinning. The contact moved the vehicle to the far lane, but the other vehicle still hit the passenger side door. When this occurred, none of the airbags deployed. There was a police report taken at the scene. Both occupants were wearing seatbelts, but the passenger sustained minor injuries including a broken finger. The vehicle was deemed totaled by the insurance company.

- Warren , MI, USA

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