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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 13 of 15)

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problem #59

Jan 032009


  • 55,000 miles


Air bag light has come on intermittently since early 2009 when the car had approx. 55K. It now has 70K and has stayed on continuously. I'm in the same boat as everyone else, no warranty coverage for issue. Disappointing.

- Elsmere, KY, USA

problem #58

Jul 012010


  • 51,000 miles
2006 gls Sonata - air bag light on. 51,000 miles. Went to dealer, helpless.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #57

Jun 152010


  • miles
Airbag light came on at 70K miles and is not going off. Same problem occurred at 50K miles which the dealer fixed at no charge.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #56

Jun 152010


  • 70,000 miles


2006 Hyundai Sonata has had repeated air bag sensor faults and is currently in the shop for repairs estimated at over $1300. The part number is 88200-0A541-FZ0. Hyundai will not cover any portion despite multiple complaints for the same defective component. No airbags will function unless component is replaced. Consumer Affairs case #[xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #55

Jun 132010


  • 78,847 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata which I purchased in 2005. It is just under 79,000 miles and the air bag light has come on and no matter what has not turned off. This is a safety issue which Hyundai should handle and not force people to pay for at such high prices. There are numerous other complaints about the same issue and some action must be taken with Hyundai to get them to stop putting cheap parts into their vehicles.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

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problem #54

May 232010


  • miles
The airbag light on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata has been on for months and will not go off. Also, the passenger seat light is on almost all the time, even when there is no passenger sitting in the seat. My dealer said this would cost $1,700 to fix. However, based on an internet search, it seems like many Hyundai models have this problems with the airbag.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #53

Nov 012009


  • 70,000 miles


Computer problems for several months now. My car will stop a turn mid-turn and the dash lights will flash on momentarily. The wheel will bind and I have to brake hard to regain control of the wheel so I can complete the turn. This is always at a moderate speed, below the speed limit posted for the on/off ramp, etc. This has happened at least a dozen times with each time almost resulting in a crash due to losing control of my steering wheel. I took it to the dealership, they blew me off and said I needed to change my automatic transmission fluid. I had 3 other shops look at it and no one could determine cause. I had the grease fittings inspected as well as tie rods/ball joints. All were reported good. My airbag light has been on since about 40,000 miles. I took my car in, they said there was a leak in my sunroof, fixed it under warranty and turned the airbag light off. It came on again after 50,000 miles (after the expiration of my warranty) and has been on ever since. I took it into the dealership and they said it was a faulty seat belt clip and I needed to pay about $300 to have it fixed. I've done a lot of research and I'm seeing that many many Hyundai Sonata owners are experiencing the same things....airbag lights and computer problems.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #52

May 012010


  • 60,000 miles
I owned 4 Sonatas and two currently. The airbag warning light is illuminated in both 2006's with the passenger airbag warning light going off and off intermittently. The dealer fixed the one with 60K+ miles only to have it happen again. The other one has 103K and the dealer told me they knew the problem and it would be $1500 for parts (original prob was thought to be a low voltage). The one with 60K has the problem again. Called Hyundai Corp and they opened a case, called me two days later and told me there is nothing they can do. I really want to buy a 2010 and told them I could not knowing this problem exists and Hyundai refuses to assist.

- Louisburg, KS, USA

problem #51

May 012010


  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. At about 65,000 miles the air bag light went on. I brought it in to the dealer. They said they'd reset it (for $114) but that I may need a new control unit for $1,500. A week later, the light came back on.

- Sag Harbor, NY, USA

problem #50

May 272008


  • 65,000 miles
My airbag light came on. I took the car to the dealership/service garage and was told that there was a problem with a sensor in my seatbelt/airbag and it cost $400 to correct. I was unable to pass the va safety inspection with the light on, so I had to pay for the repair. Sixteen months later, the light came on again! I returned to the service dept, they ran a diagnostic and told me that the same problem had occurred. I refused to pay for the exact same repair. This is obviously a problem with the Hyundai brand and they should fix it. I searched the internet and found that numerous other individuals are experiencing the same problem. Please help! must I be expected to pay $400 to correct this problem every year in order to pass inspection? this is not fair and Hyundai should make this right. I'm told that my airbags won't deploy if I become involved in an accident.

- Gainesville , VA, USA

problem #49

Apr 042010


  • 67,750 miles


2006 Hyundai Sonata air bag light came on with no reason. Have about 68 K miles, I am concern if the airbag still work or not. This is very common problem in Hyundai, and dealer not doing fallow up with the problem.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #48

Mar 032010


  • 61,453 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the contact noticed the air bag service light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the OCS mat sensor was defective. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint and air bag light remained illuminated. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 08V161000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 61,453. The current mileage was approximately 62,000.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #47

Jun 012007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
S10 appropriate handling re defective engine-malfunction indicator light and erratic RPM reading involving reduce acceleration fm owner of a 2006 Hyundai Sonata LX. The consumer stated the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealership several times, only to be told there was nothing wrong. The tail lights burned out, the passenger side air bag light illuminated when the passenger seat was occupied, the ESC light would blink while driving in the rain and due to the ESC light being on, the vehicle would become un-drivable.

- York, SC, USA

problem #46

Nov 112009


  • 59,000 miles
Hyundai Sonata passenger and main air bag failure 2006 vehicle. Brought vehicle in for passenger air bag failure/ recall. Hyundai state all working ok, air bag still not working. Hyundai did nothing to correct problem. Adult sits in front passenger and air bag light still does not work all the time. I am driving an unsafe vehicle were I don't feel confident the passenger air bag will deploy when it has too. What is Hyundai waiting for, a death due to the arrogance" November 2009 main air bag indicators come on.Hyundai does diagnostic and tells me seat belt tensioner failure. They refuse to pay for it, they replace seat belt buckles and tensioners. Main air bag problem corrected but passenger air bag still intermittent problem. I have been in contact with Hyundai Consumer Affairs and they refuse to pay for the repairs since it is out of warranty. The car was less than 3 years old with 74,353 miles. Is this a safety issue or a warranty issue? I paid for the repairs but I never know if the air bag system will work properly. What rights do I have in this matter since Hyundai is not taking responsibility? also there is a recall on the Hyundai azer 2006-2009 for failure of the seat belt tension sensors. This is the same problem that I experienced in my 2006 Sonata. Who is to say that they used the same part in my vehicle" I would appreciate if you contact me and let me know how I get reimbursed for the repairs and get my car save again.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #45

Jan 152010


  • 63,400 miles
Noticed one day while driving alone on highway that the air bag light on the dashboard came on. Brought into dealership was told "rf buckle and OCS failure". neither covered under warranty as I was 3,000 miles over, and Hyundai Consumer Affairs told me my car was not involved in the recall (NHTSA campaign id#: 08V161000). To date (2/03/10), no repairs or solution.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #44

Mar 202009


  • 93,359 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. He stated the airbag warning light continued to illuminate on the warning panel. The vehicle was taken into the dealer where they diagnosed with codes 1448 and reset the sensor light but it did not correct the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer two additional times where they reset the airbag light and stated all repairs were made under warranty. The fourth time the airbag warning light illuminated on the warning panel, the dealer stated the occupant sensor needed to be replaced at the owner's expense. The vehicle was outside of warranty at the time. Although there was a recall for the same year, make and model, his VIN was excluded from the campaign (see NHTSA campaign id number: 08V161000; component: Air bags; potential number of units affected: 393308). No repairs were made to correct the failure. The failure and current mileages were under 93,359.

- Inman, SC, USA

problem #43

Nov 232007


  • 28,600 miles
MY2006 Sonatas air bag light stays on have had it at 2 dealers 10 times they keep resetting light comes back on in 3 days. This has been going on for 1 year 11 months. Also on fast acceleration ESC light and check engine light comes on, car loses power then you have to stop shut engine off and restart car to be able to accelerate. I have been fighting this problem almost 2 years. I am worried about my families safety in a accident.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #42

Oct 022009


  • 70,000 miles
The "airbag" lights remain on in my vehicle when the passenger and driver sides are both occupied. I'm unsure in case of an accident, if the airbags will actually work. This matter need to looked into immediately.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #41

Aug 242009

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was driving approximately 30 to 65 mph with an occupant seated in the front passenger seat when the "air bag" warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicator illuminated until the engine was turned off. In addition, the occupant classification system indicator intermittently displayed the "on" position mode. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The failure was contributed to the occupant classification system (OCS). NHTSA campaign id number 08V161000 (air bags) is related to the failure. The technician refused to perform the recall remedy since the OCS was completely destroyed. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 63,000. The current mileage was 64,700. Updated 11/10/09 updated 11/13/09.

- Narrowsburg, NY, USA

problem #40

Sep 032009


  • 58,418 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The air bag warning light consistently illuminates on the instrument control panel; which indicates that the air bags are inoperative. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice and the front driver and passenger seat buckle assemblies were replaced under the service warranty. None of the repairs remedied the failure. The dealer was re-contacted and a technician advised her that the parts were on backorder. The failure mileage was 58,418. The current mileage was 59,970.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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