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Crashes / Fires:
9 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,974 miles

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2005 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Sep 122016


  • miles


I have a 2005 Hyundai Sonata and reported this to the dealership twice as of today and the dealership continues to stall. The airbag light stays on and never goes off so I reported it again about this problem, where are safety concerns for the consumers.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #34

Apr 112016


  • 130,000 miles
My wife had an accident on New Jersey parkway South, the air bag on both the driver side and passengers side refuse to deploy, these has cause my wife broken ribbs and some bodily injuries according to doctors report....updated 07/13/16

- Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #33

Jan 202016


  • 130,000 miles
(takata recall) I had a accident on 1/20/2016. My airbag did not inflation, when the airbag came out it was deflated. The airbag let out chemical in my face, eyes, nose, throat.the airbag exposure cause me eye trauma, face skin irritated, and sinus infection, headache. I hit some black ice on highway 77, three miles before you get to newborn, tn. My car slide of the road in to a ditch. The bag did not cause the accident, but it cause body problems.

- Trenton, TN, USA

problem #32

Nov 062015


  • 88,973 miles


Involved in a four car crash early this morning. I was the last in line and rear ended a truck. The Sonata is totaled. The passenger airbag deployed, but not the driver's one. I hit the steering wheel and glasses flew off on the dashboard. It was a hard impact, the front end is destroyed.

- Land O' Lakes, FL, USA

problem #31

Jan 012013


  • 78,000 miles
Driving from dealer after purchasing this car used, the air bag light came on. Returned to dealer and was "repaired" and told that they must have loosened the connection when they vacuumed the car. Since then the air bag light has come on and off intermittently. About 6 months after purchasing the car the light came on again and stayed on. Took to mechanic, they checked the codes and reset the light. The light stayed off for another 6 months or so. The light is back on again. Took to my mechanic and was told that this time he could not reset the codes and that I needed to take to hyundaii dealer for repair. After reading other complaints about this year model, I feel like this is a scam by hyundaii to make sure that they make money off of a car that may or may not be dangerous. The airbag light is still on and I am driving the car, but will be unable to do so when I need annual safety inspection. Can not afford to pay $1500+ for a repair on a car only worth about $4000. Please investigate.

- Arrington, VA, USA

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problem #30

Nov 242014


  • 103,000 miles
Electrical issues began a month after driving the vehicle. Front and rear light bulbs continue requiring replacement, the dash light also will flash when brakes are depressed. The trunk leaked the first christmas, dealer claimed to repair it, but failed, still leaks. Air bag indicator came on, went off eventually, and is back on again. Finally, car began losing power last year and cutting off sporadically in traffic, and now the rear and window brake lights remain on when lights are on but not when turned off. Recall info points to defective stop brake switch that failed even after repair/replacement, however, my VIN does not appear on the recall list and the dealer will not repair or replace. Curious, since my car is of the make, model, and year reported! greedy and irresponsible !

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #29

Feb 282015

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles


I was driving in my own lane with my seatbelt on and lights on and I didn't see this bus coming speeding with no lights on at all he scratched my passenger side door and he all most took the mirror off I hit the brake and it slowed to 55 and I still hit him I was going speed limit the radiator broke and the car all most exploded also the airbags didn't go off and the speed mph was about 5 off the steering pump also failed. I all most died.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #28

Dec 212010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 39,158 miles
This is the first date that I reported to the dealer that the air bag light was on. Since that time, the light has gone off and come back on a many times. It was checked again by the dealer and also by a local, certified mechanic. It usually stays off for about 6 months, but comes back on. It is now on again. In addition, I've had to replace the door jam switch in Jan. 2014. The door chimes (seatbelt sound) goes off randomly. Now, this sound is back. The car randomly locks itself and the radio randomly goes on as well. I feel that the car has electrical problems that may make it unsafe. I am especially concerned about the air bag issue. The car has approximately 57,000 miles on it. I find it hard to believe that this vehicle hasn't been recalled for any number of reasons.

- Interlaken, NJ, USA

problem #27

Nov 102014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Are my airbags a problem" were they manufactured by takata? the air bag light has remained on since I bought the car used. Should I get them replaced? am I in danger from airbags"

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #26

Sep 122012


  • 55,000 miles
Air bag light illuminates. Checked by auto electrical service shop, reset light, but illuminates again shortly after. Constant problem. Told air bags will not operate if lights is on. Dangerous.

- Murrysville, PA, USA

problem #25

Sep 162013


  • 110,000 miles


At about 110,000 miles the airbag light came on in MY2005 Sonata. I took it to the dealer and they scanned it. They said it was either a bad module or a break in a wire. I took it to a very good local mechanic and they inspected the wiring and module in the center console and found nothing obviously wrong. They put it back together and the light stayed off for about 6 months. I took it back again, the did the same thing and it stayed off for about 3 weeks. It has been on since.

- Stanley, NY, USA

problem #24

Aug 272014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 85,548 miles
We have had intermittent issues with the air bag light coming on in this vehicle. When it first happened we took it to a Hyundai service center and they said that some items got under the front seat and compromised the wire harness. I explained my concerns to the service rep that I was shocked that the air bag and safety system could be compromised by items that may get under the seats. This week we had another an air bag warning light come on and again took the vehicle to the Hyundai service center. This time it was determined that there was a short circuit in an air bag assembly. On 8/26/14 I called a Hyundai service contract representative about coverage for this under a service contract. I was advised that the air bag was a maintenance issue and that after time the air bag component would wear out. My reaction was that, yes, every component in the car will wear out over time. Using that argument, Hyundai could argue that no components would be covered as every item on the car is arguably a maintenance issue. I found that position shocking as no service vendor or owner makes regular inspection of the air bag system. This experience leads me to believe that Hyundai does not take their responsibility seriously regarding the use and safety of their air bag systems.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #23

Jul 282014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Your probe into the Hyundai Sonata airbag issue should be expanded to earlier models as we have a 2005 and what you are initially explaining affects our vehicle also. We have had the airbag light reset a few times by the dealer (zimbrik Hyundai in madison, wi). They initially stated that it was just a wire under the seat that needed to be reattached. They'd do that and turn off the airbag light, it'd be ok for a few months, then the light would come back on. They eventually stated they wanted to repack the airbag for thousands of dollars, seemed somewhat like a scam, so we no longer go it fixed and have been driving with the airbag light on.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #22

Jun 102008

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
I am the original owner of this vehicle since it was new. My wife primarily drives this car and the passenger seat maybe gets used about 10% of the time. The vehicle now has just over 70K miles. Vehicle has been to the Hyundai multiple times due to the air bag light coming on which has always been associated with the passenger seat. At first they told us it was due to stuff under the seat. The next time it was a bad module @ $400 to repair. This time was due to failure of state inspection. Prior to taking to dealer to have the codes read, I did research online and found out that there was a service bulletin relative to the air bag circuit sensor wiring that should have been done at the dealer several years ago but never was. So this time, once at the dealer the codes were read and indicated a high resistance on both seats and a defective passenger seat belt buckle. I paid to have the service bulletin implemented and replacement of the passenger seat buckle. My wife picked the car up but within a couple miles the air bag light came on again. She returned to the dealer to have them repair it again. Now there is a different code being read from the computer that indicates that there is a short on the passenger air bag, but this fault comes and goes if there is movement of the harness in the vicinity of the air bag within the passenger seat. The dealer contacted Hyundai engineering concerning the newest fault code and they are is now telling me that Hyundai engineering is stating that to correct this problem will require the seat to be replaced at a cost of $2200. This is absurd. The air bag system is one of the key safety systems on the vehicle and should be robust enough to withstand many years of service. I have had many cars over the last 40 years and have never had a car with so many wiring problems let alone air bag issues.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #21

Aug 152007


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Hensdale, NH, USA

problem #20

Aug 152011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the wiring to the passenger seat was damaged and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the problem persisted. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Freeland , MI, USA

problem #19

Oct 242008

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 24,474 miles
After many indications of air bag failure (light on) and several costly repairs - finally found a Hyundai dealer that indicated there was a bulletin on how to make the proper repair. Repair made at 55,820 miles on 12/10/12 - now over 58,000 mile and no repeat of air bag light (this is a new record time and mileage with the air bag light out) error code that was consistently repeated = code B1382 quote from the E-mail from the dealer:: got some good news on the vehicle and its needs for the SRS light. Good news as it is going to be easily repaired and cost nothing out of pocket for you. It isn??T going to fall under any type of traditional warranty but we will be taking care of this under a goodwill warranty. It seems like the connectors that should have been repaired were repaired incorrectly. There is a bulletin on how to repair, seal, secure, and re route the wiring harness so that this does not happen any further in the future. It looks like this bulletin was not followed and therefore we had the repeat failure.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #18

Dec 042008

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
In 2008 airbag light came on, took the car in for service. The dealer said that it was code B1382 and checked the car. It was the connection under the passenger seat. The light has been on and off since that date. The light is now on again. If it is a safety issue where my airbags are not going to be working, and someone get injured in my vehicle, Hyundai will be held responsible for not having a recall. It is up to the ntsb to force Hyundai to have a recall on this problem. People's lives are in danger seeing there are so many issues.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #17

May 282009

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
I bought the Hyundai Sonata 2005 gle from colonial Hyundai of downigtwon pa. It was a used car with power train warranty given by the dealer. The car had approximately 73,000 miles at the time of purchase. Soon after I purchased the car the airbags lights started showing up. I went to the dealership and got it fixed, they charged me labor and scanning fees despite it not being my fault as the car had no impact to any object or accidents. Within 6 months of getting it fixed the airbags lights started flashing again, the dealership fixed it again. The airbags light again came back again for the third time, I reported it to Hyundai global customer service - their response was to take it back again to the same dealership and ask them to fix it. I did not take it back to the same dealership becasue I lacked confidence in their work hence I took it outside car service center where they ran the scan but could not find any issues with the airbags but said only Hyundai dealership can reset the lights. I now moved to NJ hence the Hyundai dealership now wants 90$ to do the diagnosis after which they will give me an estimate. I feel its unnecessary waste of time and money and I have already spent enough on this issue. I feel it's unsafe to drive the car with the airbags issue. Requesting help in this regard.

- Highland Park, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jan 012012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated while driving 2 mph. The light continued to illuminate intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the air bag light was reset. The failure recurred a few months later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the contact was informed that in order to diagnose the failure, the procedure would be very timely. The failure was not diagnosed and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hixson, TN, USA

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