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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,500 miles

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 092007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. While driving 35 mph, the air bag light remained illuminated. The dealer stated that the light illuminated due to the driver's side air bag. The dealer informed the contact that they would have to replace a switch. Since the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V321000 (air bags:frontal), the contact would have to pay approximately $400 for the repair. The current mileage was 147,000 and failure mileage was 98,000.

- Pendleton, IN, USA

problem #3

Aug 202007

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,500 miles
Airbag light is on, I think this is due to seat belt buckle wiring issue, since light was going on and off for few days (and when I was moving seat belt buckle it was disappearing) I did research Tiburon forums and I see that most people experiencing same issue had their seat belt buckle replaced and light reset and that was it. Problem with me is that I'm out of warranty. I have called Hyundai affairs and reported this issue and they told me that Hyundai dealter may and most probably charge me for inspection and fixing issue, since there was no recall on my car. I'm afraid that air bag will not deploy during accident and I think Hyundai should pay for fixing it since this is not isolated issue. Many other Hyundai have same issue.

- Parlin, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 072004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving 35+ miles per hour and rear ended a large truck. The air bag on the passenger side deployed (no one in passenger side),mine (driver side) did not deploy. 2003 Hyundai Tiburon, causing almost $9,000 damage. Dealership towed to, elhart in holland mi.,had no concern. Vehicle towed to denooyer chev. And the body shop manager, steve batts showed a great deal of concern. I contacted Hyundai complaint dept.,and that person was non chalant about the episode. I still do not know if I have a deployable air bag on drivers side. Hyundai would not fix it! or pay to have one either put in or to even test to see if it was defective.. I am paying for a vehicle in which I am not confident regarding its safety factor. Perhaps this could be a recall. I have gotten no where at this time, and am filing a formal complaint against Hyundai and the dealership, elhart, who sold me this vehicle, Sept 2002. If you cannot help, please direct me to an Agency that will. Elise knapp.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #1

May 202004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles
Air bag light came on intermittently. Dealer serviced the vehicle on several occasions, but problem recurred. Consumers was concerned that it was not safe to drive the vehicle.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

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