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Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 1
Average Mileage:
69,060 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 11 of 15)

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problem #99

Apr 072011


  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated the air bag light began to intermittently illuminate on the instrument panel. After a few months the air bag light remained illuminated at all times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was advised to replace the front passenger seat cushion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was awaiting a response. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Atkinson, NH, USA

problem #98

Apr 202011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
2006 Hyundai Sonata air bag warning light on instrument panel is on. Told by mechanic the passenger seat cushion needs to be replaced.. it would cost us $2,500. This is a safety feature, and I have heard and read many complaints on this issue. I feel Hyundai should be responsible for the repairs due to their poor design and the repair cost is more than 10% of the cost of a new car.

- New Windsor, MD, USA

problem #97

Apr 222011


  • 155,000 miles
No event but my air bag light is on and the passenger belt light is continuosly on when there in no one on the seat.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #96

Apr 272011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


Air bag light has come on for the third time since we've owned the car. 1st being at 30,000 (repaired at dealership under warranty) then at 58,000 (repaired at dealership under warranty) now at 67,000 the light has come on again and the vehicle is no longer under warranty for this issue. I understand that I need to file the complaint through this forum. I'm unclear based on the numerous complaints I have seen on this forum and others why Hyundai is not being held accountable for this obvious defect.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #95

Sep 152010


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the passenger air bag warning light as constantly illuminated for approximately eight months. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised him that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was then contacted and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 67,000.

- Millbury, MA, USA

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problem #94

Jun 102009

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Airbag light goes on and off. Dealer has fixed two times but comes back on. Now no warranty and is very expensive. I can play with the wires under driver seat and sometimes it would go off. But now it is just staying on, and cannot pass va inspection with it on.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #93

Jun 032009


  • 30,600 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the passenger air bag warning light continued to illuminate sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer eighteen times for the failure where the codes were cleared and replaced several times but to no avail. The manufacturer advised the contact that the failure was due to the passenger having bad posture when sitting in the passenger seat. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 08V161000 (air bags) yet the manufacturer advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 30,600 and the current mileage was 46,000. Updated 4/25/11 updated 1/17/2012

- Del Ray Beach, FL, USA

problem #92

Sep 072010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Drivers side air bag light stays lit.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #91

Sep 012010


  • 97,000 miles
Air bag light on dash is illuminated and won't turn off.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #90

Dec 142010


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag light came on and the dealer determined that the failure was caused by the air bag sensor in the passenger seat. The air bag light remained illuminated for the passengers side air bag, even when someone was sitting in the seat. The contact spoke with the manufacturer regarding NHTSA campaign number 08V161000 (air bags), but was told that the vehicle was not included. The failure mileage was 88,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Centerville, VA, USA

problem #89

Mar 012011


  • 43,872 miles


The air bag light on my dashboard has been on for about two weeks now. Upon research, this seems to be a very common problem with the Hyundai Sonatas, especially the 2006 models. This is not the first time this has happened. The light will be on and then turn off. Months later, it will turn on and stay on again.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #88

Jul 182010


  • 50,000 miles
The driver's side air bag light stays lit at all times. The dealer states that this inactivates the air bag. This is not covered by the warranty. Further research shows that this is a fairly common problem with this model and year. Shouldn't his prompt a recall since it is a safety issue?

- Hermitage, PA, USA

problem #87

Nov 072010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The driver side "airbag" warning light turned on and has been on for about 3 months and the passenger "airbag" light is not working properly either. I am worried that the airbags will not deploy in an accident involving myself or a passenger. A lot of people with this car year and model have been reporting to have the same problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #86

Jan 012011


  • 77,000 miles
Dash board air bag light came on and remained on. Took to a mechanic who stated it was an error code that was not longer active. A sensor must have set it off, but there was no longer a problem. A few weeks later airbag light came on again. Took vehicle to Hyundai dealership who stated occupant classification system (OCS) or sensor that was part of system registered an error at some point in the past few days and that is why the light went on. They stated there was no longer an error, but that the sensor must be going bad and would need to be replaced before it failed. Reason being, once the sensor failed, the air bags (at least passenger air bag, potentially whole system shut off so driver as well?) wouldn't deploy in the case of an accident because system would shut off as a result of a sensor failure. Dealership stated that sensor could not be replaced individually, but that the whole passenger seat cushion would have to be replaced. The sensor is part of the OCS system. The quoted cost for the part (seat cushion with electronic sensing system) would be around $1500 total ($1350 for the part, $150 for the labor). As of now air bag light not on, sensor hasn't failed yet. Once it does, need to replace if want air bag system to deploy. This seems like a very serious safety issue that should be addressed by a recall. I have read hundreds of customer complaints online that have the 2006 Hyundai Sonata with this problem and haven't had it fixed. As a result there are a lot of people driving around in a vehicle that some if not all of the air bags won't deploy in (and most if not all of them don't realize it disables the air bag). This design flaw could result in serious injury or death. All information I received in regards to airbag light issue was from the service department at a Hyundai dealership. This issue needs to be investigated and a recall needs to be issued.

- Oro Valley, AZ, USA

problem #85

Jan 072011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
I have 2006 Hyundai Sonata and the airbag light just came on.air bag light came around 67K miles. Brought into dealer and was told it was "rf buckle & OCS failure" total estimated damage to my wallet = $1,700, after I paid the $105 for them to hold onto my car all day long just to plug a computer into the car which reads the codes and spits out the problem. It have to be recall for this, how many complains need to be fill up to force then to have a safe issue fix?

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #84

Aug 132010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
My airbag warning light will not go off. I woke up one day and started the car and it lit up, went off then came right back on. This is a manufacture's defect and it should have been corrected long ago. I spoke with a local dealership and they told me that my VIN# was not under recall. I believe that Hyundai purposely use's cheap material and does mediocre work at best so customer's will be forced to come out of pocket to make there's fat. My inspection is due and there is no way I will be able to pass.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #83

Jan 052011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Air bag light is on after 65,000 miles.

- Champlin, MN, USA

problem #82

Dec 102010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
Air bags.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #81

Dec 202010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,048 miles
Seatbelt light on for 2006 Hyundai Sonata.

- Mccormick, SC, USA

problem #80

Dec 132010


  • 75,000 miles
Hyundai Sonata 2006 <80,000 miles, airbag light comes on due to short in passenger side seat belt. Seat belt is still functionable. If the light is on the airbags are disable- safety issue. This is a safety issue that must be addressed by Hyundai. Call Hyundai consumer relations at 1-800-633-5151 and file a formal complaint so that this can be escalated. If consumers choose not to fix the seat belt for $400 this become a safety hazard!

- Marlborough, MA, USA

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