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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 4 of 15)

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problem #239

Oct 062014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 215,000 miles


Air bag sensor frequently mistakes an adult for a child and turns off. In addition, the air bag light has been on for at 3 years. Auto had about 125000 miles when the air bag light came on. Took the car to a dealer and they informed me I would have to pay well over $1,000 to repair the air bag sensor in the passenger side seat. Instead, I bought black tape to cover the air bag light. I thought this safety defect would have been recalled by now. Apparently, none of the airbags will deploy in an accident. This does not make sense, given the remaining airbag sensors most likely work. I am the original owner of things car.

- Woodland, PA, USA

problem #238

Aug 012014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Airbag light came on one day and just never went off. No accidents or damage to the car had been done prior. Went to other mechanics and they couldn't even figure out what the code on their diagnostic machines was. Hyundai checked it and told me it was the passenger buckle canister. That's fine, but 400,000 of these in the 06-08 Sonata models have now "failed" and at $100 for a diagnostics, then another $250 for a belt buckle repairs, I don't see how this could be wear and tear in the vehicle. Just seems like easy money for Hyundai. Hope this gets resolved soon.

- Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA

problem #237

Mar 132013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
Around 18 months ago the red air bag warning light in the dash cluster would come on at different times. Later the light came on and stayed on. I took it to a dealer and paid $100 to have it reset and was told it was possibly a poor ground which they cleaned. The light remained off for less than a month, came on and off for a while and is now on full time. Have read much about people spending thousands of dollars at dealers with no end in sight and nothing fixing the problem. I can not find accurate information explaining if the light being on is a indication of the air bags not being able to operate properly or at all, or if it only indicates some section has a problem. This affects my safety and well being as well as causing a loss of value when I sell the car. I would think that Hyundai should stand behind any parts and labor that are related to vehicle safety.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #236

Jan 022012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


My airbag warning light has been illuminated for a few years now. I have brought it to a few Hyundai dealerships and they tell me it is because of a problem with a sensor in my seat belts. They also tell me there is no recall and it will cost between 500-700 to fix it. While advising me that is it a serious safety risk and may cause my airbag to not deploy in the event of a crash. I don't understand how there is no recall on this yet. As the dealership has also informed me this is a common problem with the 2006 Sonata's.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #235

Sep 292014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 186,000 miles
The air bag warning light is illuminated on the dashboard and the service representative at Hyundai say that it is related to the pretensioner on the passenger side and a voltage discrepancy from the battery codes B1102 and B1706.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

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problem #234

Sep 032012


  • 79,000 miles
SRS seat belt light first on right belt clip replaced cost $350 dollars.. told no covered under warranty... few months later left side indicator ses system light on dash instrument panel came... dealer repair said 130 to check... possible very expensive to fix... I cannot afford to repair because of unknown cost... this is a common problem on early models 06 thru 09 ??

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #233

Sep 142007


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Oakville, WA, USA

problem #232

Sep 262007


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the seat belt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 16,000. Djr

- Oakville, WA, USA

problem #231

Sep 092014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 48,800 miles
My dashboard warning light (red text: Air bag) went on as I was driving and has not shut off. When I called Hyundai corporate they said this was due to air bag sensors on passenger seat and was part of an ongoing OCS settlement so they made an appt with North county Hyundai. When the dealer inspected the issue, they said it was not part of the OCS settlement and that it is a seat belt tensioner/seat belt buckle issue (diagnostic code B1706) and that it is not a safety recall item, nor is it covered under warranty and would cost me $336.90. From what I have learned, this issue renders the air bag system inoperative so I am wondering why Hyundai is not forced to cover this system defect under warranty or if there are plans at NHTSA to issue a mandatory recall.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #230

Jul 012014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 70,000. The VIN was not available...updated 09-23-14

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #229

Apr 302013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


My air bag light came on shortly after I bought my 2006 Hyundai Sonata used in 2013. The car does not have any wrecks to show this default. The dealership wants to charge me $260 for each new belt buckle because they say the sensors are bad. I want this turned into a recall as I don't feel their mechanical problem should end up costing me an additional $700 for their defective parts.

- Fairfield, WA, USA

problem #228

Jul 142014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Over the course of a few days, the driver's air bag light started to be lit continuously while an occupant was in the seat. Initially, the light would come on and then go out after a few moments. However, after approximately a week of the on/off, the light then remained lit anytime the car was on. A few weeks later, the ESC off light began to light up while driving the car. The light would come on while the car was in motion and would not shut off/turn ESC on unless the car was stopped, turned off, and then back on. The issue has appeared sporadically, usually when associated with a turn. It has happened approximately 10 times thus far.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #227

Jun 232014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 91,896 miles
The air bag went on to indicate the air bag would not work. Considered this a safety issue. Took it to the dealer and indicated it was not covered and had to replace the passenger side seatbeat pretensioner assembly.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #226

Aug 132013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 66,861 miles
My car (Hyundai Sonata 2006) was traveling the intersection with a green light. The other car was traveling the intersection with a red light, and did strike the driver side of my car. The other car caused the severe damage to my car and I got injured. My car's side air bag was inflated, but my driver front air bag was not inflated so that I got permanently injured in my eyebrow and chronic back-pain. I strongly believe that if my driver front air bag was inflated, I do not suffer from chronic back-pain and do not have a permanent scar in my eyebrow.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #225

Aug 132014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles
Air bag light on. This is a continuing issue with this vehicle. This is a safety issue and I feel it should be repaired not at my expense. Contacted dealer and also contacted Hyundai customer assistance center. I was told that there was a previous recall but the vehicle is out of warranty it has to be repaired again at my expense. I feel that this being a safety issue, Hyundai should take care of their customers...updated 09/30/14

- Muscle Shoals, AL, USA

problem #224

Apr 152014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the passenger front seat belt buckle needed to be replaced.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #223

Jul 012012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Air baglight on disconnecting system. This is a safety concern Hyundai charges to diagnosis and repair. Researching this on the internet this is a constant problem, and someone will be killed or injured please do something to correct this problem a recall is in order.this is drivers side air bag.I took this car to dealer for passenger side air bag light they said nothing was wrong now that light is also on. NHTSA please do something.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #222

Jul 012014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
We had the passenger seat re-calibrated due to lit airbag light sometime last year under the previous recall - we were not notified by Hyundai at all and instead, were told by the dealer when we took the car in that it was a recall item, which we found unconscionable on the manufacturer's part. We could not afford an airbag repair and drove the car for over a year, and found out later that the defect would render the entire system nonfunctional. The airbag light is lit again - the dealer told us not to put anything on the passenger seat besides a person so as not to trigger "something". when I inquired again about the lit airbag light, the dealer told me "it could be the seat belt" and quoted a price well over $100. It is clear the dealer, capital city Hyundai in tallahassee, Florida is already aware of the problem, and therefore, so is Hyundai. Now I see that this is an emerging problem through an edmund's article dated July 25, 2014 - please compel Hyundai to act on this defect as soon as possible. My college aged son and teen daughter use the car and I worry constantly about their safety. Consumers should not have to pay for a defect involving safety at all - I paid for the car once!!

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #221

Dec 212009

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 57,301 miles
In 12/21/09 airbag system light kept coming on. Took it to the dealer. They stated chip related to air bag system under the passenger seat was broken and I was not covered under warranty. Invoice # [xxx] (dennis Hyundai of dublin) repairs estimated at $500 to $900. Called Hyundai with a complaint. The service manager then called we had a meeting. I paid $ $175.03 to replace the chip. They also repaired passenger seat per NHTSA recall 13V-354 (note the recall repair only worked for about a year). After the warranty expired I took the vehicle to both the dealer and local repair shops. The airbag light would come one and then sometimes when I stopped reset its self or the dealer/repair shop could reset the light. The electrical wiring system started to act up after the 60,000 mile warranty period expired. The ABS light comes on then goes off the radio will come in loud the get quiet. The constant however is the airbag system light. I had the seat belt (driver side) changed (twice) in 2011 as the first replacement in did not work. The airbag light was off for a short time and then came back on. It will not reset so the airbag light is always on. I have always felt this problem should be covered by Hyundai. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #220

Aug 092014


  • 71,000 miles
Air bag light came on. Had the vehicle sent in to dealership last year for the same problem. Car is in great condition do not know why the light keeps coming up. A recall needs to be initiated to fix the problem once and for all. This could be a potential danger for my kids.

- Durham, NC, USA

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