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Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 1
Average Mileage:
69,068 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 16)

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problem #106

Aug 112011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


2006 Hyundai Sonata visors both failed one at a time replaced one for free charge me for other recall on passenger seat air bag sensor I have recall paper they mailed me they refuse to repair it.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #105

Aug 092011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
In 2008 I received a letter from Hyundai stating my car was being recalled due to the airbag sensor. The letter stated only those cars which has the airbag light illuminated are affected. At the time the airbag light never came on. In 2010 the airbag light came on, and I had the car serviced at a Hyundai dealer, and the dealership claimed the light was on because of a "bad battery". now a month ago the light came on again. I again took it to the dealership, and they are claiming it is the OCS sensor in the front passenger seat that is bad. I informed them of the recall, but they have no record of my vehicle being part of that recall. I had contacted Hyundai corporate, and they advised me that particular campaign was no longer in their system, so they have no way of knowing if my car was part of the recall or not. Hyundai refuses to fix the problem as my car is now 5K miles out of warranty, and the dealership has quoted me over $1K to fix the problem.

- Vincennes, IN, USA

problem #104

Jul 112011


  • 153,000 miles
Previously reported suspension failure caused accident. Air bag light did not deploy but came on and stayed on giving error code. Today the auto body shop doing the repairs to my car stated that the seat belt pre-tensioner's in both driver and passenger seats are not working and both need replaced as well as the air bag sensors on the driver and passenger side.

- Jasper, AL, USA

problem #103

Nov 122010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles


The driver's side air bag light stays lit all the times. The dealer states that this inactivate 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 this prompt a recall since it is a safety issue?

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #102

Nov 012009

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact noticed that the air bag warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact also stated that in 2009, the same failure was remedied when an authorized dealer replaced the seat belt pretensioner buckle. The vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer where the same repairs were performed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 70,000. Updated 08/31/11

- Sayville, NY, USA

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problem #101

Jul 202007


  • 30,000 miles
Purchased a 2006 Hyundai Sonata new. After approx 30,000 miles airbag light came on. Took it to spradley motors in cheyenne, wy for diagnostic. Was told they couldn't find anything wrong and reset the light. Within 1 year, airbag light came on again. Took it to spradley again and was told it was a seatbelt pretensioner. Said they would order parts and reset the light. After multiple calls parts never came in but light stayed off so no further action was taken. Airbag light came on again approx 70,000 miles. Received a recall notice for brake light switch. Took in for recall and to have airbag light checked again. Was told all would be fixed under recall. After six weeks of waiting for parts, brakelight switch replaced and shop told me that the seatbelt wasn't covered and would cost over $500 to fix. Filled complaint with both spradley main office and Hyundai usa. No resolution offered. Reply from Hyundai effectively said that since it wasn't under warrenty it wasn't their problem. Have been driving without airbags for almost a year as I don't have $500 for repairs. As someone else stated if I have to wear a seatbelt by law, Hyundai should have to guarantee that they work.

- Laramie, WY, USA

problem #100

May 062011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


Owned a Hyundai Sonata 2006. Airbag light stays on since 72K miles. Local dealer(johnson Hyundai) said driver side buckle assembly needs to be replaced, which is not covered by warranty nor recall. The same issue happened twice within past 2 years and was fixed for a while then. Since so many people are having the same problem with serious safety consequence, it should be a recall!

- Cary, NC, USA

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

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

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