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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,474 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

problem #3

Jul 062014


  • 65,440 miles


My wife somehow got her foot caught in her sandal and trying to get it unstuck hit a concrete light pole. The airbag shot white powder out, light went on to show air bag went off but it never deployed. Had it been a worse accident fatal injury could have occurred because of faulty airbag not deploying yet showing it did by all symptoms such as the light, white powder and the seat belt cannot be moved and will not operate. This is a safety issue no matter if under warranty or not.

- Farmington, NM, USA

problem #2

Feb 152010


  • 110,865 miles
Airbag safety light.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #1

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

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