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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,470 miles

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2008 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #13

Jun 242009


  • 21,951 miles


We have a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and we have had this vehicle in the shop 5 times for the same defects. The passenger air bag light unless you sit completely still in the seat it will not come on. They supposedly fixed it the last time it was in but shortly after we got it back it started doing it again, another problem is there is a noise under the front end and every time it hits bumps it sounds like something is broke.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #12

Apr 162009


  • miles
The air bag system stays off when my wife (120 pounds) is seated in the front passenger seat about 50% of the time. When first taken to a dealership with my wife, they refused to do anything because the warning light did not go on. The problem still continued. Another dealer sent the seat to California to be repaired in March 2009. The problem still persists. Now, hyundaiusa wants me to return to the dealership again with my wife or someone of similar stature. This time, a Hyundai regional representative will be present. Hyundai usa Consumer Affairs would not give any more information on what the process is if the problem persists thereafter nor would they give me the name and/or contact information of the anyone to speak to. They said they would forward on my case and I may or may not be contacted by someone at Hyundai usa with answers to my questions. Otherwise, I just have to wait to hear what the Hyundai rep has to say when my appointment is finally scheduled. Currently, waiting to hear from the dealer.

- Belmar, NJ, USA

problem #11

Mar 302009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. In November of 2008, the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 08V161000 (air bags). After a couple of days, the sensor was turning the air bag off whenever an occupant would sit in the passenger seat. The manufacturer could not locate the failure or provide assistance. The contact feels that this is a major safety issue because when his children are seated in the vehicle, the sensor shuts off the air bag. This could be fatal in the event of a crash. The current mileage was 24,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #10

Nov 172008

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,600 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. Everytime the vehicle is driven, the air bag indicator illuminates and will not dim. The failure has occurred at least seven times. The dealer could not determine the cause of the failure. The contact is concerned that the air bags will not deploy if a crash occurred. The failure mileage was 11,600. Updated 12/1/08 the would always replace a sensor, but the problem remained the same. Updated 12/05/08.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #9

May 122008

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 20 mph on normal road conditions, the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to the frontal passenger air bag sensor. Through research, the technician discovered NHTSA campaign id number 08V161000 (air bags). The vehicle was repaired for the recall defect; however, the remedy did not properly correct the safety defect. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The current mileage was 7,655. Updated 11/28/08 the consumer stated when he wife sat in the passenger seat the air bag light stayed on. Updated 12/02/08.

- Pemborke Pines, FL, USA

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problem #8

Oct 012008


  • miles
2008 Hyundai Sonata has a recall for the passenger air bag light. The consumer stated when his wife sat in the passenger seat, the air bag light remained illuminated. The dealer wouldn't honor the recall because when the consumer sat in the passenger seat, the air bag light went off. The consumer stated he weighed 175 pounds and the recall letter clearly stated that the problem with the air bag light pertained to smaller adults.

- Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #7

Sep 172008


  • 15,200 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that when an occupant is seated in the front passenger seat, the air bag light illuminates and will not dim. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they sent the cushion seat to the manufacturer in California for repair; however, the failure still persists. The dealer was also unable to remedy the failure. The failure mileage was 15,200.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 082008


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact noticed that the air bag warning light would constantly illuminate on the instrument panel when his small statured wife sat in the front passenger seat. The vehicle was repaired twice according to NHTSA campaign id number 08V161000 (air bags). Both remedies have been insufficient in properly repairing the failure. The manufacturer did not provide any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 7,000.

- Dade City, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 012008


  • miles
Recall notice for 2008 Sonata Hyundai on front passenger side air bag. Consumer states that the dealership told him not to bring the vehicle in unless he was experiencing problems with air bags.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 152008

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. Intermittently, when the contact's 106 pound wife is seated in the front passenger seat, the air bag light dims and then illuminates again, as if no one is in the seat. This incident has occurred three separate times. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer twice, but with no resolution. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 08V161000 (air bags); however, the failure persists. The current mileage was 7,400 and failure mileage was 100. Updated 09/13/08. The dealer replaced the air bag module.

- Huntly, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 172008

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,700 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact received a safety recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 008V161000 (air bags). He was informed that they would not inspect the vehicle or schedule an appointment unless his wife came with him to sit in the passenger seat. The contact spoke with the Hyundai customer assistance center and they agreed that his wife had to be present. He stated that the air bag failure was intermittent. The current and failure mileages were 2,700. Updated 09/10/08. Updated 09/11/08

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 042007

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The front passenger side air bag light illuminated intermittently. The air bag light indicated that the air bag was deactivated. The dealer stated that the passenger may not weigh enough to activate the air bag feature. The contact's wife is the only passenger that sits in the passenger seat and she weighs 135 lbs. The VIN was verified, but appears to be invalid. The engine size was unknown. The failure mileage was 10 and current mileage was 2,600. Updated 03/04/08. The consumer stated the vehicle vibrates at the speed of 40 to 45 miles per hour. Updated 03/04/08

- Port Ritchie , FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 242007

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 186 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. When a passenger is seated in the passenger seat, the air bag light dimmed. The passenger weighed 105 lbs. The dealer stated that the air bag remains off because of the weight of the passenger. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle shook and made a noise. The dealer stated that the failure was caused by a torque converter shutter that was causing the transmission to shift into overdrive. No repairs were made because the dealer stated that the failure was a fuel economy feature and the repair was not allowed. While driving 50 mph, the contact heard a lot of wind noise. The failure mileage was 186 and current mileage was 1,900.

- Whitesboro, NY, USA

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