Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2006 Hyundai Sonata:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 12 of 15)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #79

Dec 082010


  • 74,100 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrumental panel. The vehicle was then inspected by the dealer who informed the contact that the sensor on the passenger side had failed and deactivated the air bags. The manufacturer was also contacted and informed him that there is no investigation this problem. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 74,100.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #78

Nov 152010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 16,800 miles
Air bag light on in 2006 Hyundai Sonata gls V6 with under 17K miles. Air bag will not deploy with light on. Safety hazard. Told by Hyundai that it will cost $400-$1800 to fix. Major safety issue.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #77

Sep 012010


  • 93,000 miles
The air bag light in my '06 Sonata gls came on the day after it was inspected in September. After doing some internet research, it appears this is a very common problem with this year/make/model. That being said, it is clearly a manufacturer issue and should be corrected via recall.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #76

Sep 012010


  • 59,644 miles


I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata that is plagued with the "passenger air bag off" light (even with my 120 lb wife in the seat) along with the dashboard "air bag light that just turned on yesterday. As I see on the internet, this year along with newer models seem to be plagued with this problem. Response from corporate is, as usual to the consumer, it's your tough luck, buddy. Response from dealers are "open up your wallet and we'll pretend to fix it". this is a hideous and extremely dangerous situation that deserves a recall of the utmost importance. The usual question, of course, is how many deaths or injuries will it take to make this company step up and fix this extremely common problem with their product?

- Bellmawr, NJ, USA

problem #75

Oct 132006

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
2006 Hyundai Sonata gls V6 VIN : [xxx]. while driving a day air bag light came around 83K 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. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #74

Oct 102010


  • 58,000 miles
I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. Around 58,000 miles the "passenger air bag" light started to turn off and on randomly.. I took it to the dealer and they couldn't figure it out, saying there are no logs. Shortly after 60,000 miles (warranty expiration) the light started turning on and off more often, on its own, and now in addition the "air bag" light in the dashboard turned on solid. I took it to the dealer, and now they can see the logs (after warranty), they said the air bag sensors in the passenger seat have a short and the cost is $1200 + tax + labor. And failure to fix the problem risks the passenger air bag not activating if there is an accident, god forbids.

- Niskayuna, NY, USA

problem #73

Sep 282010


  • 62,000 miles


Air bag light illuminated, will not turn off. According to Hyundai, not part of a recall and not under warranty. Seems to be a recurring problem to these cars and nothing is done to rectify the situation"?" I will be taking it to the shop to begin the fight that everyone else seems to be having.

- Greenfield Center, NY, USA

problem #72

Sep 222010


  • 79,900 miles
I own a Hyundai Sonata 2006, and just before it got to 80,000 miles, the air bag light suddenly went on. It has stayed on for a week as of 9/25/10. I looked it up online and it seems many people have had this same issue with the Hyundai Sonatas and it is very costly to fix. I think this is a safety issue that should be looked into with Hyundai, if it happens repeatedly.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #71

Sep 232010


  • miles
Lights across instrument cluster will not go off including: ESC off, check engine, airbags and ABS. There is also a visibility issue regarding the sun visor on the driver side. These are all issues that I have seen many other people are having as well and are potentially dangerous.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #70

Jun 232009


  • 60,500 miles
The air bag light has come on, which will not let the air bags deploy if an accident. Problem was a sensor in the passenger seat belt. Had it replaced, within 2 months and $600 later, the light came back on. Will not get fixed again until a recall is made, many other people have the same problem. Too expensive, and should be recalled out of safety of people in vehicle.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #69

Sep 192010


  • 84,300 miles


I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata with the driver seat air bag light on. There is no reason for the light to be on. I am filing a complaint after being on a blog with hundreds of other drivers experiencing the same problem, resulting in up to 1700 dollars in repairs to replace seats, etc.

- Campton, NH, USA

problem #68

Sep 202008


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph with a passenger seated in the front passenger seat when the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently while driving at any speed so the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer the front passenger seat was removed and repaired. The failure continued to recur intermittently so the vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer several times where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired and the failure continued to recur intermittently. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.

- West St Paul, MN, USA

problem #67

Sep 102010


  • 54,000 miles
2006 Hyundai Sonata driver side air bag light is on and Hyundai won't fix it I think it needs to be a recall since there are so many with this problem thank you!

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #66

Sep 142010


  • 123,689 miles
The airbag dash light on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata stays on. The dealer says it is due to a fault in the seatbelt tensioner on both driver and passenger side.

- Smithfield, UT, USA

problem #65

Apr 112009


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the passenger air bag warning light illuminated while the passenger seat was occupied. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V161000- air bags. The dealer refused to repair the vehicle stating that her VIN was not included in the recall despite that the contact received a letter from the manufacturer in regards to the recall. The sun visor labels also began peeling and the contact inquired with the dealer in regards to NHTSA campaign id number: 06V234000 (equipment: Other labels) and was informed by the dealer that that the repair was previously performed. The dealer refused any additional repairs. In addition, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 05V377000 (seats: Front assembly: Recliner) and the dealer refused repairs under the recall, stating that the work had already been performed on the vehicle. The contact stated that she never took the vehicle in for repairs under the recall. The contact also stated that when applying the brakes, the brake lights would not illuminate. She received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 09V122000 (service brakes) and when taking the vehicle to the dealer, she was informed again that the work had already been performed. The vehicle was not repaired for any of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 111,000.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #64

Sep 102010


  • miles
Re. 2006 Hyundai Sonata (currently approx 71,00 miles) - was part of past recall on passenger side airbag light staying lit when passenger in seat. Brought to dealer - they couldn't replicate problem at the time. Wouldn't fix problem (replace seat) due to not being able to replicate. Light still comes on intermittently when passenger in seat. Addressed with dealer and Hyundai corporate - corporate backed dealer. Shortly after 60,000 warranty expired, drivers side visor broke - falls down when driving - safety hazard. Called dealer - $45 just to buy - not installed. I have seen numerous complaints on here and other websites re. Same issue. Should be part of covered recall. Recently drivers air bag light began illuminating. Car battery needed replacing - thought this might be the problem - still illuminating after replacing battery. Called dealer - must pay diagnostic fee (I believe $88) just to look at it and then repairs which from my understanding can be costly. Have also seen numerous reports on this site and others of same problem. Should be safety recall also.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #63

Aug 282010


  • 73,831 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. I bought it new from henderson Hyundai in henderson, nv. My car has now 73,831 miles and I have had every required maintenance done to my car by the dealership that sold it to me. A week ago the driver's airbag light came on so decided to take it to the dealer so they can fix it. To my surprise they said I would need to replace the passenger seat, the whole seat, and that it would cost me $1800 to repair. He also mentioned something about the insulation in the wiring being gone. My car has never been into an accident so the airbags have never been deployed. Right now, because of this problem, none of the airbags in my car will deploy should I have an accident. I tried to make the dealership understand this is a safety issue Hyundai should fix since it is obvious this is a matter of a faulty system and not normal wear and tear. I can not afford paying $1800 for something they can not even guarantee will not happen again. I strongly believe Hyundai motor Inc should be held liable for this type of poor craftsmanship that makes driving my car unsafe.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #62

Aug 112010


  • 63,000 miles
2006 Sonata. Just after warranty ending 60,000 miles ABS light comes on and won't go off.

- Atco, NJ, USA

problem #61

Aug 052010


  • 85,000 miles
Airbag system in 2006 Hyundai Sonata is not functioning due to defective passenger seat mat. 1. no events led to failure - it just failed. 2. fails 100% of time, resulting in inoperative air bag deployment system. 3. dealer mechanic reported that passenger seat mat cannot be repaired or replaced and that only means to rectify the situation is by replacement of entire passenger seat at cost of approximately $1500.

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #60

Jul 102010


  • 67,000 miles
Hyundai 2006 Sonata airbag light stays on.

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?