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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 5 of 15)

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problem #219

Apr 012014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


My air bag light came on and has stayed on consistently. Our mechanic read the code and it is the passenger side seat beat buckle. I have been told by Hyundai that their warranties only cover seat belts and air bags for 5 years or 60,000 miles. I cannot believe they advertise as "America's best warranty." I know this affects whether the air bags would function properly in an accident, so I urge you to please force them to recall this item and repair and/or replace it for anyone affected for free. Fyi, I did have this problem with a Honda Accord in the past and Honda did not even question repairing it-it is warranted for the lifetime of the car. I will certainly never buy another Hyundai again and will encourage anyone I know not to buy one either. Again, please force Hyundai to correct this problem with a recall. Thank you for your time and investigation.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #218

Aug 032014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 142,650 miles
I started the car and noticed that the airbag warning light would not go out. I checked the owners manual and it said bring it to the dealer as soon as possible. The dealer charged 95.00$ to diagnose the problem, and another $810 to change the 2 front seatbelt buckles. This is a safety item because the airbags may not deploy in case of an accident.Hyundai should recall these vehicles and fix the problem. I see that an investigation was opened on this problem, and would like tone included in the number of people complaining about this problem thanks for your time and consideration

- Newberry, FL, USA

problem #217

Jul 232014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag indicator would illuminate each time the vehicle was started. The dealer stated that the front seat belt receivers needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 90,400. The vehicle was repaired at a cost of $ $365.35.

- Fords, NJ, USA

problem #216

May 102014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


The airbag light turned on during a 200 mile road trip, where there was no accident or any kind of incident. The airbags in this vehicle were never deployed. The airbag light is now always on. I just saw the notice from NHTSA on this issue and decided to file a complaint.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #215

Oct 242013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
I received a letter explaining a recall for the sensor in the passenger seat which malfunctions. It stated that if my car does not display the airbag off light to call and start a case. I called and did so. I took my car to the Hyundai dealership where I purchased my car. I was told that I had to pay $95 for them to verify that was the issue. I left and called the number for Hyundai on my letter again. They sent a message to the dealership and told me to take the car back. I did so and left my car and got a loaner. They had my car for two weeks. I got my car back and it was repaired. Fast forward to July 2014, same thing started happening again. I called Hyundai and set up a case again. I called the dealership and was given an appointment to bring my car. I got a loaner again. I left my car on Monday and on Friday that same week my car was ready. I dont believe they sent my passenger seat to California again. It scares me to know thst the airbag may not deploy. I feel that Hyundai should have to give us replacement cars because these electrical issues are dangerous. Please make them do something for us. Im scared to drive my car but have no choice. I tried to trade it in but I have to put down at least $1000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

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problem #214

Jul 122013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 25,350 miles
Purchased Sonata 2006 in Sept 2012 at 16,400 miles. At approximately 25,000 miles, the air bag sensor light came on. The passenger occupancy sensor and seat belt indicator flashes on and off, . but not at the same time. Either one or the other flash. If I lock the passenger seat belt, the sensors seems to work, but it doesn't last long.have.been reading about safety can I find out which vehicles are affected. Present 32,567.miles.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #213

Feb 212013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 89,625 miles


My airbag light first came on in January 2013. At first it would come on then go off for a couple of days. It did this for about 2 weeks then just stayed on until I fixed it in Feb. 2013. It was the sensor in the belt, and cost me $668.95 the first time. Then 6 mos. Later the airbag light came on again. This time it was a different problem and was charged $50. A couple of mos. Later, it comes on again, but I haven't fixed it yet. I had the problems fixed at gary rome Hyundai in holyoke, MA. I sent a letter to Hyundai regarding the issues that I keep having with the airbags. They sent a response, but not the one I wanted. I asked them why a recall hadn't been issued for the airbag problems I was having since obviously I wasn't causing the problems. I also printed out and enclosed many pages of consumer complaints about the same issues I was having. I'm glad that you're looking into this. Thank you.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #212

Mar 012011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle did not deploy airbags due to front end fender bender. Vehicle indicated "air bag" sign prior to incident. After the incident, vehicle was serviced; however, the "air bag" sign re-appeared after a few months. Another accident on 7/3/2013. Front end fender-bender. Air bag did not deploy again. No incident report in either case.

- Snoqualmie, WA, USA

problem #211

Jul 022007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
Passenger air bag light has come on 80% of the time we have owned this vehicle with my wife in the passenger seat. Her approximate weight is 140 lbs. When I sit there,165 lbs, the light does not come on. That tells me that my wife is not safe sitting in that seat. I took it to the dealer in 2007 and they could not fix it. I think this is a dangerous safety issue and needs to be recalled.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #210

Jul 242014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Airbag light remains lit, suspected it had to do with passenger airbag recall. Dealer says not, that it is the passenger seat belt pretensioner and that in an accident the seat belt system would not work if not fixed and wants to charge $485 to do so. This is a safety issue and needs to be added to the recall because, based on the number of complaints I see, this is obviously a parts failure. Since the driver's side gets used far more often than the passenger, it is hasn't failed as a result of use.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #209

Jul 012014


  • miles


I am another Hyundai 2006 owner with the passenger seat belt on who paid $105 for the diagnostic which returned code B1706 having to do with the pretensioner and seat belt. Not according to Hyundai applicable to the recall. I now have to pay another $350 to have this repair done. This should be a recall. Shame on Hyundai, I bought this car partly because of the air bag system and the desire for a safe vehicle. How can they split hairs and claim this is not a widespread problem?

- Solana Beach, CA, USA

problem #208

Apr 182007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the front passengers OCS sensor did not detect an occupant when the seat was being utilized. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front passenger seat and sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired on three occasions but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags).the failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 8/27/14 the consumer stated the vehicle had a crack in the dashboard. Updated 09/5/2014

- Palm Coast , FL, USA

problem #207

Apr 032012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Airbag light remains on. Took to dealer under recall notice. Code B1706 for sensor problem not under recall. Not fixed, this is a safety issue that Hyundai should take responsibility for.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #206

Mar 072012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
My airbag light came on and took car to local dealer. Code indicated driver side buckle resistance high and needed new driver side seat belt buckle. This was replaced at dealership. On 5/16/2014 when I took my car to have passenger seat removed from recall related to sensor, they also found the code for seat belt on passenger side and stated that I had to replace that at $400 for my airbag light to go off. This repair was done and paid for. Yesterday on 5/29/14 the airbag light came back on and stayed on. Took it back to dealership and now they say that the code indicated the driver side seat belt buckle needs to be replaced again. There are many complaints listed on this site and I believe there is a real issue with the 2006 Sonatas and the airbag sensors. Customers should not have to keep paying for repairs no matter what the mileage.

- Whitehall, MD, USA

problem #205

Apr 162014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 81,520 miles
Air lights up intermittently on instrument panel.. at start-up, light comes on then off, few minutes later comes back on. At times while driving light goes off.. then minutes later on. Similar problem I believe with elantra air bag sensor under drivers seat. Told by dealer may cost up to or more than $1000 to repair. If wiring needs replacement.. I researched Hyundai forums that many others have similar problems.. a false sense of security is there because you don't know if air bags system is operating or not... there should be a recall to repair this safety issue.. most problems come after 60,000 miles.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #204

Mar 202013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the contact crashed into the driver's side of a another vehicle. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. The contact and the front passenger sustained head and back injuries. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Lancaster, SC, USA

problem #203

Apr 242014


  • 84,000 miles
Second time air bag light.. first time right side at 72000 mi.. nor 840000 right side repair $300 plus not cover by any safety recall. Light stays on air bags disables..

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #202

Jan 062011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The contact also mentioned that the rear door locks and front passenger window failed to function. The contact then stated that the rear driver's side door failed to latch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the passenger's side occupancy sensor mat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000. Updated 06/10/14

- Hallandale, FL, USA

problem #201

Mar 172014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
"air bag" SRS warning light on continuously. Per owners manual, this indicates this system "is not working properly" and "should be inspected by an authorized Hyundai dealer". concerned that the air bag/SRS system is unsafe and could cause injury or not properly protect occupants from injury or death in case of accident, brought car to local Hyundai dealer. Instructed that they would have to inspect the problem and charge us $105. Dealer performed inspection and diagnosis was faulty "belt assy restence high in buckle assy front pass side" for additional charge of $470. Repair was not performed. We called Hyundai Corp customer service and spoke with manager, but Hyundai stated that since no recall noted and past warranty period, they would not fix defect at no charge. Why should we pay for a defective air bag/SRS part/system that should not fail under normal life and use of a car? this is a fundamental internal safety system and should not stop working properly. This is a manufacturer defect for design, components and/or workmanship and should be recalled. Hyundai is not taking responsibility for it's faulty product to save themselves money at the expense of consumers and placing my family's safety at risk. We now paid $105 to confirm the car is unsafe to drive and are forced to spend an additional $470 to "correct" a defective SRS system, which may or may not "fix" problem, in order to confidently continue using car. Ridiculous.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #200

Apr 112012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My car has the same problem as this complaint number.10575493 I have been told by the dealer that I need to have the seat replaced which is a $1000+ repair. This should be a significant safety issue.

- Franklin, TN, USA

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