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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,000 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 #3

Nov 012012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Belt gets stuck, jammed, doubled over jammed, in belt guide attached to car (pillar) above shoulder. Belt can not retract to snug position. This defeats purpose of having seat belt. Happens repeatedly. It is quite difficult to unravel to get belt to work properly. My wife drives this car and she has stopped telling me about the problem and drives around with belt in jammed position.

- Santa Rosa , CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 102011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when he crashed into another vehicle. The driver side air bag failed to deploy and the seat belt failed to restrain the contact. The contact sustained injuries to the chest, rib and neck. The vehicle was towed to the insurance tow-yard. The failure and the current mileage was 107,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 11/16/11

- Oklahoma City, OK, 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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