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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,272 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #45

Jun 012011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Airbag sensor under passenger seat is malfunctioning. Airbag will not delpoy in the event of an accident.

- Stanhope, NJ, USA

problem #44

Jul 192011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that there was an air bag failure and the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer and manufacturer were made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V161000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 83,000.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #43

Feb 102011


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. When the contact started the vehicle, the air bag warning indicator illuminated until the engine was turned off. The failure occurred intermittently and progressed over a period of time. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated the front passenger's side occupancy sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Scarborough, ME, USA

problem #42

Jul 122011


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated the driver side air bag warning light remained illuminated. The dealer was contacted and they advised to move the driver seat forward and backwards and the air bag warning light would turn off. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 97,586.

- Chamblee, GA, USA

problem #41

May 252011


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The technicians stated that the air bag sensor located in the front passenger side seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. The technicians advised that until the repairs were performed, the air bags would not deploy if the vehicle was involved in a crash. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Texas City, TX, USA

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problem #40

May 032011


  • 74,920 miles
The passenger seat bottom airbag sensor has failed. The car has 75,000 miles. No other airbag or seat belt problems. There is a tsb from Hyundai to fix this problem but the cost is $1100. Hyundai will not fix this air bag failure under warranty.

- Severna Park, MD, USA

problem #39

Apr 292011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


Drivers side airbag light comes on...have seen numerous complaints online of this problem. Solution is 300 dollar seat belt latch or 1600 dollar seat replacement.....this is safety issue and should be a recall item.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #38

Mar 122011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. It is 4mos. And 4K miles over the warranty. The driver side seat belt warning light stays on constantly. A web search shows that this is a problem with these cars. Hyundai refuses to fix the problem under the warranty or to recall the cars. This is a major safety hazard. The cost to fix can be as much as $1500 as the entire seat has to be replaced. I contacted Hyundai and they refuse to fix the car. This is a major safety issue as these are very popular cars. Please help. Force Hyundai to recall these cars.

- Lynnfield, MA, USA

problem #37

Apr 032011


  • miles
Air bag light on and stay on.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #36

Mar 032011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 33,668 miles
My 2006 Hyundai Sonata has only 33,600 when suddenly the air bag light on the dashboard came on and stayed on. I went the dealer who told me that Hyundai doesn't cover this under their extended warranties. In looking up this problem on the internet I found many Hyundai owners with the same complaint. I believe this is no doubt a safety issue which Hyundai has chosen to ignore and should be made to be held responsible. If the air bag is malfunctioning then those riding in the car can be seriously injured during an accident.

- Garden City, NY, USA

problem #35

Feb 122011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 60,250 miles


2006 Hyundai Sonata, I've had the driver air bag light repaired twice (under warranty) and now it's on again in the two years that I've had the car (purchased in late 2008). I was simply driving on the interstate and the drivers side air bag light came on. I don't see how Hyundai is able to sell a car with such a flimsy air bag system. Unfortunately the car just went over warranty so it may be an expensive fix if it's not related to one of the previous issues that caused the air bag light to go off, which the dealer will fix free of charge. I've had a 1993 Nissan Sentra which never had a problem with the air bags (sold in 2008) and a 1997 Toyota Camry which is still in operation which has never had problems.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #34

Dec 012010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Passenger side "air bag" light has come on. Passenger air bag "on/off" light flashes back and forth when the seat is occupied. Have seen many reports of same on the internet - same year, make and model of automobile. It is reported to be very expensive to repair but sounds like a recall is in order as many vehicles have been found to share the problem not associated with normal wear and tear.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #33

Dec 222010


  • 91,337 miles
Dec 22 2010 both my airbag lights came on drive side stays on the passenger side flashes off and on and the passenger side visor doesn't not stay up already had the drive side visor replaced because of the same reason it wouldn't stay up.

- Ft Campbell , KY, USA

problem #32

Dec 202010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,048 miles
Seatbelt light on for 2006 Hyundai Sonata.

- Mccormick, SC, USA

problem #31

Dec 082010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 74,102 miles
On my 2006 Sonata the sensor in the drivers side seat belt breaks, turning on air bag notification light. I took the car into crain Hyundai of North little rock and they stated this is a common issue with this model and it wasn't covered under warranty according to the mechanic at crain this will stop the seatbelt from working properly and it will turn off the air bag. This is two major safety violations. 1 seat belt not functioning properly, 2 the air bag is now turned off. This makes the car worthless as far as resale value and a major safety issue.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #30

Aug 012010


  • 95,000 miles
Airbag light goes on intermittently; problem seems to be incredibly common.

- Phoenix, UT, USA

problem #29

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 #28

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 #27

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 #26

Nov 242009


  • 25 miles
My 2006 Hyundai Sonata airbag sensor for the front passenger seat will not activate if a female adult sits in the seat. The dealer refuses to repair it; various inappropriate responses are given, such as poor posture, inadequate weight or "have the passenger sit in the back." It has been a problem since I purchased the car new. I have made repeated visits to my dealer, but no solution has been provided. In one case, the dealer held the car for over a week and supposedly sent the seat back to Hyundai, but nothing changed. During my most recent discussion with the dealers service manager, he said that the sensor would only activate if the person in the front passenger seat weighed over 130 pounds. This eliminates me - I weigh 115 pounds - or most of my female friends. My daughter weighs over 130 pounds, but it does not activate for her, either. Most other auto manufacturers have a weight "trigger" of 90 pounds. The dealer said that Hyundai would not or could not set the activation/trigger weight at less than 130 pounds. This means I cannot have most of my guests or relatives in the front passenger seat. This design cheats a large number of adults of airbag protection, and creates an unsafe vehicle. A Hyundai recall falsely claims that Hyundai will address the situation, but this is only for show - no work is done and the company instructs the dealers not to repair the seats. The dealers are instructed to say that failure to activate is not a defect, and that the company considers an activation weight of over 130 pounds to be acceptable. The dealers are also told to test the seat themselves - this means a large male is chosen to sit in the front seat, which then activates.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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