Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


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 3 of 7)

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problem #81

Aug 012016


  • 58,000 miles


Takata recall issues with steering after recall-steering coupler issues with seatbelt lamp after recall-clockspring issues with lighting-interior malfunstions issues with turbo feed line issues with A/C lines leaking

- West Warwick, RI, USA

problem #80

Aug 262016


  • 94,044 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While the vehicle was stationary, the air bag indicator illuminated without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 94,044.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #79

Aug 262016


  • 88,217 miles
Air bags

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #78

Aug 212016


  • miles


When I get in my car to crank it up, I noticed my airbag light would come on and then go off and then come back on and stay on. It does not matter if I am driving or sitting in my car while in park. God forbid if I get into an accident, my airbag might not go off. Also I have read other complaints for the same year vehicle as mine dealing with the same issue. There need to be a recall on the airbags. It could be a faulty sensor or something.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #77

Oct 222014


  • 84,703 miles
My car would have trouble starting, I would turn on the car but the engine wouldn't start, the lights and radio would turn on and nothing. After the starter being installed on 10/22/2014 the car was fine but then it happened again this year and had the starter replaced again. Then it happened later again and finally had the neutral safety start inhibitor switch replaced. My airbag light turns on and now I have to replace the clockspring. I have other issues with this car like for example my front drive axels being deformed which causes a rattling nose when I turn while driving. I would hear clicking noses on the steering column and had the steering coupling replaced. So far as of 8/12/2016 I have had 15 recalls and I have one to do next week. I'm driving a death trap.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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problem #76

Aug 082016


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact observed that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the clock spring needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #75

Aug 062016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light flashed and then remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #74

Aug 032016


  • 99,000 miles
My SRS airbag notification came on out of the blue. It has not gone off as of yet.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #73

Jul 292016


  • 99,000 miles
Takata recall air bag light stays on. Dealer says it's a faulty clock spring and will cost $340 for parts and labor. This can be deadly if in a crash and air bags don't deploy!

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #72

Dec 252015


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 45 mph, the air bag and check engine warning lights illuminated. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was operated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag module failed. The cause of the check engine warning light illuminating was not found. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 24,000.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #71

Jul 042016


  • miles


Pin problem and dealer says no recall.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #70

Jul 162016


  • miles
I purchased my car new 2011 Sonata in Dec. 2010 and now my airbag light stays on. I have not been in any accidents....... what!!!!

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #69

Jul 012016


  • miles
Air bag light stays on. Dealer says it's a faulty clock spring and will cost $450 for parts and labor. This can be deadly if in a crash and air bags don't deploy!

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #68

Dec 102015


  • 96,000 miles
Airbag light on instrument cluster came on during vehicle startup, while stationary, during its built-in test. Mileage on vehicle was approximately 96,000 miles. Took to dealer for diagnosis. Result was, "...not covered under warranty, but we can fix it for $1,000". research indicates this is a systemic problem for this vehicle.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #67

Feb 112011


  • miles
"takata recall"I believe that I owned a defected vehicle. Since day 1 there was one electrical problem after the other. My radio comes on and off by itself, Hyundai fairfax found no problem after three visits, until I just gave up. I replace 7 - 8 blubs in my car, a airbag, and now a socket for my brake light because my came on and off, like other items in my car. It's like I have a shortage or electrical problem with my vehicle. After, they replaced the clock sensor in the steering wheel for the airbag, now my passenger door locks and unlock sometimes. Every time I complain to fairfax Hyundai, they deny that anything could be wrong with my vehicle. I understand that Hyundai desire is to meet safety regulation and customer satisfaction by providing good product. Unfortunately, things sometimes happen. It's when a corporation takes the complaints seriously and addresses the customer concerns, is what grows a business. I have yet had anyone contact me of my concerns since I had this vehicle, after making many complaints. I will appreciate someone taking this situation and my concerns seriously by contacting me with a resolution.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #66

Jul 152016


  • 5 miles
The air bag light has recently illuminated and stays on. There is nothing obstructing the wires under the seats and the vehicle has not been in a crash. The light illuminated while driving down the road and has remained on. Contacted the dealership and was informed that airbags and sensors are only covered under the first 5 years and 60,000 miles. Based on the recent plethora of recalls on the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and after reading countless complaints online with other vehicles of the same make and model having the exact same issues, I am concerned that not only are the airbags covered under a limited warranty, but that this may be another possible recall in the long line of recalls for the Hyundai Sonata. I do not feel that this is a safe car for anyone and feel that the airbag light/deactivation could result in deaths should Hyundai not cover the airbags longer and for individuals who may not be able to afford the repair.

- Thompsons Station, TN, USA

problem #65

Jul 112016


  • 85,000 miles
Air bag light is on and will not turn off. I was advised by the dealership that I have to pay $450 to replace a spring inside the steering column for the air bags to deploy. I have never been in an accident. This is frustrating and should be considered a manufacture defect.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #64

Jul 112016


  • 90,000 miles
Airbag warning light came on and will not go off.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #63

Jun 292016


  • 113,000 miles
Car losses power in the highway under 55 miles per hour. When starting from stop or yield it does not take acceleration and almost dies. Almost got in acccident several times as the car doesnt want take gas. More like a suden stop in a trafic.. airbag light is on for more than a year. Brake lights dont work and is not the bulbs. This is becoming almost everyday problem and dealer dont have solution to the problem but I was told it is a known problem for this model. Pls do something about it.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #62

May 052016


  • 112,000 miles
Air bag light is on indicating something is wrong, this is a safety issue not an wear and tear problem. I have replace several bulbs in my vehicle each year for five years. Every bulb that I have went out indicating a electrical problem.

- Stafford, VA, USA

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