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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,114 miles

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2012 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Jan 032017


  • 75,000 miles


Driver side air bag light stays on, when I called Hyundai they told me take a picture and send it to them...? engine cuts out while driving and then reconnects tail lights stay on air conditioner makes loud noises

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #22

Sep 092016


  • 122,000 miles
Airbag light came on in vehicle. The light came on while driving on the road.

- Douglaville, GA, USA

problem #21

May 012016


  • 75,000 miles
I had been driving and everything was ok. I got home and had no dashboard lights on. I started the car up 10 minutes later and my airbag warning light was on. I took it to the dealer and they wanted like 70 dollars to diagnose and then more money for labor. This is a safety defect. I couldn't afford it. Honda diagnoses and covers stuff like that 100%. they say Hyundai has the best warranty but so far no problems I've had has been covered. A mechanic and neighbor of mine says they've seen many Hyundai airbag lights and are surprised there's not a recall.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #20

Aug 252016


  • 77,000 miles


I have had several malfunctions with this vehicle that is less than 6 years old. It started with clicking in the wheel, key stuck in the ignition and now my air bag light is on and that is a malfunction in the system. It seems like everything is a malfunction that shouldn't be happening to a car less than 6 Y/O. my car stay in the shop for some reason or another. I can honestly say I will never purchase another Hyundai of any kind.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #19

Aug 062016


  • 82,000 miles
Last week, my power steering suddenly stopped working while driving on a city street making it very difficult to maneuver. The eps dashboard trouble light as well as the airbag and ESC lamps all illuminated at the same time. Thankfully, there was light traffic at the time so was able to pull off to the side to regain my composure. Using extreme caution, I drove the next few miles back home carefully avoiding any sudden situations where I was forced to make sharp turns. I had an extremely hard time steering. Yesterday, I took the veh into the local dealership. After a couple of hours, they said the steering column had to be replaced and that somehow it was also causing all the other unrelated trouble lamps to light at the same time!. approx. $1200 repair cost. The veh is 2012 with 82,000 miles. I asked if it was covered by the 100K mile warranty. They said no. After only 4 years of owning this car, I can't believe the steering column broke. I never heard of that before. I went on-line and noticed that 2011 Sonata's had a similar problem the year prior and as a result, there was a national recall to rectify the problem by replacing faulty equipment. I can't help but think that perhaps the same faulty equipment was perhaps installed in some of the 2012's also.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

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problem #18

Aug 062016


  • 150,000 miles
SRS light comes on and stays on. Seems to be a problem with all Sonatas

- Urbana, MD, USA

problem #17

Jul 112016


  • 109,300 miles


Sonata recall. The airbag light has been on for 3days now and won't shut off no matter what I do and I'm scared it will deploy. Back in may I noticed the paint in my car shipping after I took it to get washed, now my car looks ugly.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #16

Apr 242016


  • 47,000 miles
Recall campaign 132. Vehicle stalled/locked up causing a collision with heavy front end damage.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 052012


  • 90,000 miles
Takata recall- I have read online that there are 4 safety recall issues on my vehicle that will be towed to a dealership this am to be checked out. My case number with Hyundai is 9059835 (kelly-contact person) 855-671-3059. I read about a side airbag issue as the fourth issue but was told that there is no recall issue on the airbags. How do I proceed?

- Roxboro, NC, USA

problem #14

Mar 072016


  • 92,222 miles
My car is slowing down while I'm driving and in order to pick up speed I have to take my foot off of the gas and put it back on to accelerate. I am also having electrical issues which includes changing my brake lights several times every couple of months. The electrical issue also includes my check engine light, seat belt light, check tire light and truck light on when it is not open. The electrical problem is also affecting my doors and alarm system I.e. my car is currently only manual when it should be automatic.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Dec 122015


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 10 mph and switching lanes, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent lot and repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Andalusia, AL, USA

problem #12

Jan 092016


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 60 mph, the front driver side curtain air bag and both rear curtain air bags deployed without an impact occurring. The contact sustained spine trauma that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 312015


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that after the vehicle was started, the driver side air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the passenger side seat belt warning light flashed when the seat was vacant. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V568000 (engine) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- West Long Branch, NJ, USA

problem #10

Aug 032015


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer determined that the air bag detached itself from the steering column and needed to be re-attached. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and only offered to pay for a portion of the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 032014


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. While operating the vehicle, the front passenger side seat belt sensor light would intermittently flash off and on although the passenger seat was unoccupied. Eventually, the front passenger side air bag sensor light would also flash off and on when a passenger was not present. The check engine light also illuminated. While driving approximately 60 mph, the stability control ESC sensor light illuminated and the vehicle would not accelerate. After shutting the vehicle off and restarting the engine, the vehicle operated as normal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. No additional information was available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 18,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 152015

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Airbag warning light came on and will not go off.

- Maxton , NC, USA

problem #7

Sep 062011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the braking system failed to engage. The contact applied the emergency brake and the vehicle skidded. As a result, the contact crashed into a median. The driver side air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained brain and back injuries and the rear passenger sustained injuries to the hands and shoulder, who both required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Bossier City , LA, USA

problem #6

Apr 262014


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, a second vehicle crashed into the driver's side of the vehicle causing damage to the front fender, driver's side door and rear quarter panel. The contact indicated that during the incident the air bags failed deploy. The contact suffered neck, shoulder and right arm injuries during the crash. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 32,000.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #5

May 162014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I was traveling down the road and a 1999 Chevy Silverado pick up truck ran a stop sign coming from my left and struck the left side front door and fender of my car. The left curtain side airbag did not deply. My shoulder hit the door.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 312014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 35,500 miles
The passenger side airbag deployed without reason. The tremendous force and flying debris caused the driver to react and brush the front passenger side wheel against the curb. Plastic pieces were thrown throughout the front of the car. Luckily, there were no injuries. Earlier that same day the car had been serviced by the Hyundai dealer for a radio issue.

- Frederick, MD, USA

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