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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,182 miles

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2004 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Jun 282010


  • 53,840 miles


I entered my car and started up the ignition and the airbag light went on. My car is a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. I took my car to a mechanic and he used a diagnostic tool in an attempt to locate the problem. The tool reported that there was no problem, however, the airbag light was still on. I took my car to the local Hyundai repair department and was told the ppd sensor was bad. My car has 53, 965 miles on it. I was charged $375 to replace the ppd sensor. When I went online to read about the sensor, I learned it is a common problem in the Sonata and elantra models manufactured by Hyundai motor co.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #11

May 062009


  • 55,000 miles
Air bag light. Please help, I have reported this to you before. My air bags are defected. The dealer suppose to had repaired them at least 7 times. Everything has been replaced except the air bags itself. I can not get my car inspected because of this.somebody is going to die because of the airbags.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 112009


  • 53,689 miles
Air bag light stays on when driving car. Called dealership and they told me it is not under warranty because its over five years old and has 53,704, is this not a safety issue" and covered by law"

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #9

Jun 212009


  • 74,000 miles


Was in a car accident on June 21, 2009. I had significant front end damage to my vehicle due to someone running a stop sign. However, my airbags did not deploy on the passenger or driver side.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #8

Mar 122009


  • 53,700 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag light remains illuminated in her vehicle and does not turn off. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and the contact was informed that the wiring located under the front passenger seat was loose or a shortage was present. Hyundai stated that the VIN was not included in a recall. The failure mileage was 53,700.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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problem #7

May 152009


  • 90,000 miles
There is something really wrong with the air bags with the 2004 Hyundai Sonata. If you read the complaints, I had the most problems. What is it going to take for a recall., for someone to lose their life. Do the right thing because people lives depend on you.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #6

Sep 032008


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 10 mph, another vehicle crashed into the driver's side of the contact's vehicle. The driver's side doors were completely smashed in and the frame was bent. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver of the vehicle sustained major injuries to her left shoulder. The passengers in the other vehicle were uninjured. A police report was filed. The manufacturer stated that the air bags operated in the manner they were designed; therefore, they were not liable for the repairs. The dealer has not been notified. The vehicle was destroyed. The current and failure mileages were 65,000.

- Lyndhurst, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 132008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at an unknown speed, the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle has been diagnosed several different times; however, the failure is still occurring. The current mileage was 42,000 and failure mileage was 40,000.

- Stopover, KY, USA

problem #4

May 072007


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. When the ignition was turned on, the air bag warning light would illuminate on the instrument panel. The light remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to a malfunction with the sensor device. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was taken to the dealer five times for the same failure, but no remedy was found. The failure mileage was 55,000 and current mileage was 80,000.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 112005

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,118 miles
The contact's vehicle was involved in a crash. Upon impact, front and side air bags did not deploy. Also, the seat belts did not restrain the contact and her passenger in the seats. The contact was thrown into the steering wheel, and the passenger hit the windshield. Both sustained serious injuries and broken bones. A police report was taken, and an insurance report was filed. Pictures are available for review. The vehicle was repaired. Updated 2/21/2006 -

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 202004

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer applied the brakes, and the pedal went to the floor while traveling 40 mph. Consumer's vehicle rear ended another vehicle. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy driver's seat belt became unattached in the collision. The driver sustained injuries and went to the hospital by car. The vehicle was towed and totaled out by the insurance company. Please fill in additional information.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 042004

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on I97, a VW cabriolet changed from 2/3 of exit to right to pulling directly in front of me perpendicular. I veer to left, jammed on brakes but hit his driver side door (origin speed 50-55 mph) then continuued into a steel guardrail head on, then pulled out most of the rail and jolted to a stop at an angle above a drop off. My airbags did not deploy. Not front or side airbags. We were lucky to walk away with bruises, cuts, and emotional trauma. Another family may not be so lucky

- Cortland, NY, USA

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