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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2011 Sonata has a seriously defective engine that seizes without warning. It was awarded the dubious honor of being the first CarTalk / CarComplaints Turd of the Week in late September 2015.

A class action lawsuit was filed in May 2015 against Hyundai that claims the 2.4L Sonata engine is defective. More info here.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 2
Average Mileage:
115,227 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #101

Sep 222016

Sonata

  • 0 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I started my car one day and notice that the airbag light was on and wouldn't go off. I wasn't involved in a wreck or hit no bump, just started it and it was on.

- Osceola, AR, USA

problem #100

Aug 192016

Sonata

  • 101,000 miles
The steering column is rattling and shaking when braking and or reaching a speed of 60. It is causing the balancing of tires worn, and the air bag light has come on and tire pressure light.

- Corona C, CA, USA

problem #99

Sep 032016

Sonata

  • miles
One day my airbag light just popped on and will not go off and I never be in a accident and it's kind of freaking me out a little

- Ramsey, MN, USA

problem #98

Sep 182016

Sonata

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

#1today 9/18/2016 while I was driving down the road my airbag light came on. When I made my first stop the light when off. When I began to drive again the light came on and will not go off.#2 I had to pay over three hundred dollars to have my sterling coupler replaced it started with a little clicking noise when I turn to the right and afterwards began to progress and get louder. While driving the car the steering wheel will shake and vibrate until it felt as if the steering wheel will shake a lose.#3 the lights on my car will flicker on and off while driving it's very obvious at night it is a scary situation. One night they flicker and didn't want to come back on right away until I had to pull over on the side of the road until they came back on. I called my Hyundai dealer and was told that it will be an 118 service charged to look at it because my warranty is up. I then contacted Hyundai usa when they finally contacted me back they pretty much told me the same thing the Hyundai dealer said. The problem with my lights began in 2012 but every time it took the car in the problem could not be detected so they would say and this was when I was under my warranty.

- Louisville, GA, USA

problem #97

Sep 182016

Sonata

  • 173,000 miles
Drivers side air bag light will not extinguish. Air bag light remains on. This web site has reported 97 complaints in regards to the air bag light. www.carcomplaints.com/Hyundai/Sonata/2011/seat_belts_air_bags/air_bags.shtml do not know if this is a takata airbag system or not. Either way this should be a recall due to safety concerns. Apparently with the light on in this model, the bags will not deploy in an accident. This is a huge safety concern especially since this is my 19 year old daughters car. This light remains on at all times, all conditions on all roads. Weather conditions have been very dry for a couple of weeks. Light come on 9/18/2016

- Kearneysville, WV, USA

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problem #96

Sep 102016

Sonata

  • miles
I own a 2011 Hyundai Sonata limited. A few days ago I started my vehicle and the air bag light flashed and stayed illuminated on the dash board. I turned the vehicle off and started the vehicle back up and the light stayed illuminated. My car has not been in any accidents for the airbag light to turn on. I went to carcomplaints.com and there are 81 complaints regarding the same issue and none of the vehicles were involved in an accident. Most of the issues were the airbag coil spring needed to be replaced. If this is the case there needs to be a recall on the airbag springs. Once the airbag light is illuminated on the dashboard the airbag will not deploy. This is a huge safety issue and needs to be addressed. I spoke with a representative with Hyundai and they informed me there was nothing they could do about the issue besides take it to Hyundai and have them run a diagnostic on the vehicle and get it repaired. The representative did not seem at all concerned for me or my family safety with her response. If you could please research this information it would be greatly appreciated.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #95

Sep 022016

Sonata

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag light won't go off - serviced regularly - brought this to two separate dealers not covered they said clock spring timer and it is not on recall list - they did say it is unsafe if airbags deploy if you should hit a bump - extended warranty doesn't touch airbags...

- Red Ban, NJ, USA

problem #94

Sep 122016

Sonata

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While parking the vehicle, it felt as if the brakes did not hold and, suddenly, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into a building without warning. The air bags did not deploy. The contact and the front passenger were uninjured. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 78,000.

- Dyton, OH, USA

problem #93

Sep 052016

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
Takata recall.. my car is not new, but it is less than 6yrs old and my airbag light is on (will not shut the [xxx] off either. I contact Hyundai they said it was the clock spring, which will cost me $400.93 dollars to fix or I will possible die in a crash. I feel this should be a recall, because this is not wear and tear this is a builder mishap...the fact that this situation could cause death and they will not fix due to safety is [xxx] insane...I quest they will not be happy until lawsuits come in place due to airbags not deploying (because the warning light will not always come on, so you wouldn't know). Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #92

Sep 102016

Sonata

  • 70,050 miles
The air bag warning light remained lit after starting the vehicle. Don moore Hyundai dealership advised me that my air bag will not deploy if a front end crash were to occur but they did not have the part necessary to replace it in stock. This is the driver side airbag. The vehicle is only 5 yrs old and has been maintenanced regularly. The 2011 model is the only year that is not included in air bag recall. Safety is expected for more than 5 yrs or 60,000 miles. I was advised that the part is a coil or spring behind the airbag allowing it to deploy.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #91

Aug 162016

Sonata

  • 110 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Airbag light illuminated and stay on, took the car to the dealer and I was to it needs new airbags. Car is never being into accident, and it never had any problems related to airbag befor. This car is not safe as airbags can just go off with out any aparent reason.,my other problem of this car is, when I accelerate there's pigging noise and car almost losses power this happen in middle of hiway once and lost power other times on street. Took it to the dealer was not given clear answer to why the car does this.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #90

Sep 102016

Sonata

  • 88,000 miles
Airbag indicator light is on, seen on instrument cluster panel. Dealership diagnostic determined the issue is a faulty clock spring. Car has not been in any accidents. Car receives routine maintenance.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #89

Sep 082016

Sonata

  • 80,000 miles
Passenger airbag lite is on "airbag off", expensive repair and many people have reported the same problem

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #88

Aug 252016

Sonata

  • 112,000 miles
Owned car for a year now and on he 25th of August I returned to my vehicle and started it up still in park position all lights illuminated and all except the airbag light on the dash went off. I turned the car off waited a minute and tried to turn it on again and the light still stayed on it has been on ever since.the next morning I called the dealership and my main concern was that the airbags were still working but the person working told me the airbags would not deploy in the event of an accident. I am very worried this is not the only issue I have with this vehicle and I am a single mother with 2 young children anything can happen I do not feel safe in this vehicle.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #87

Sep 082016

Sonata

  • 69,000 miles
After having a recall performed campaign 143 I was told that the steering coupling and the clock spring was bad. I left the dealer and drove back in because I heard a noise when I turned the steering wheel with the engine on. Was told it was the coupling. Looked on the web at home. This is a common problem. Should be a recall.

- Waurika, OK, USA

problem #86

Sep 022016

Sonata

  • 95,000 miles
SRS indicator light is illuminated on instrument cluster. SRS may be disabled

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #85

Jan 012016

Sonata

  • 90,000 miles
My airbag light went on at around 90K miles. I replaced the clock spring on the steering wheel but it did not fix it. I found that there are hundreds of complaints about the airbag light for the same 2011 Hyundai Sonata (see website www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2011/Hyundai/Sonata/airbag). the dealer says that it is not under warranty and that there are no recalls for it. I am afraid that the airbag will not deploy in an accident. Please help.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #84

Sep 072016

Sonata

  • 94,500 miles
Clock spring assembly inside steering column to deploy airbags is malfunctioning and needs to be replaced in order for airbags to deploy.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #83

Aug 292016

Sonata

  • 68,000 miles
Air bag light stayed on on dashboard and dealer said it was a clock spring but I have never had an issue with an air bag in any car I have ever driven and feel it was defective

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #82

Sep 062016

Sonata

  • 94,000 miles
Sensor for airbag is on and I don't know why. Airbag has never deployed or tampered with.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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