really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,848 miles

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2006 Hyundai Elantra seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Jan 112017


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 45 mph, the contact's vehicle rear ended another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a towing facility. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unavailable.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #31

Nov 182016


  • 155,000 miles
Air bag light came on 2 weeks ago, technician said the code is B1448 passenger seat mat cushion sensor. I am told that all air bags are now disabled and this is a very expensive repair. I see several complaints on this issue in just the latest incident reports. This should be repaired by Hyundai at no cost to the consumer.

- Middlesex, NJ, USA

problem #30

Mar 142016


  • 74,000 miles
Air bag light on dash is lit all the time. Dealer has reset the light on two occasions, but it keeps coming back after a few drives in the car. Dealer says the passenger seat occupant sensor is shorted out. Dealer informed me that while the air bag light is lit, the air bags are disabled and will not deploy, even if in an accident. Now I own a car that will not protect me in a crash and is unsafe to drive. Dealer says the only repair is to replace the entire passenger seat bottom costing over $1400. The car is not worth much more than that, but it is worth alot to me because I need it for transportation.

- Medford, NJ, USA

problem #29

Nov 092016


  • miles


Air bag light is

- Mission Hills, CA, USA

problem #28

Oct 132016


  • 114,000 miles
Air bag light on / emmisions air bag all senors were swapped and now I'm being told the cushion should be replaced since the sensor swap didn't solve the problem. $1500 emissions/ pumping gas fuel pump was replaced. Gas pump kicks out after 2-3 seconds when putting in gas. Now I'm told I need to replace charcoal canister, canister close valve, purge control valve, and vent valve. If I don't I eventually won't be able to put gas in the tank. $1,100 they are both serious safety issues and Hyundai needs to back up their product. These are simple consumable pieces like fluids, values, hoses or filters.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

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problem #27

Dec 012015


  • miles
Airbag light stay

- Fruitland Park, FL, USA

problem #26

Aug 062015


  • miles


Occupant classification system (OCS) should be reprogrammed. NHTSA tsb#0590003 and Hyundai tsb#06-90-010 cover the "passenger air bag off" light remains illuminated when smaller statured adult sits in front passenger seat, therefore the air bag will not deploy in an accident. Both of these tsbs are for the 2006 Hyundai Elantra.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #25

Jun 202015


  • miles
Airbags lights stay

- Fort Lauderdale , FL, USA

problem #24

Dec 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 206,000 miles
Prior to this date had issues with electrical such as back lighting of stereo and ash tray, cd player malfunctioning past few years, more recently odometer back light also does not light. Previous report of passenger side air bag lighting intermittently when nobody was sitting in seat, or if purse on seat, less than 10 lbs. Then at about 206,000 miles, my estimate driver instrument panel air bag light indicator on first some times, then shortly after on all the time. After reading numerous other complaints and seeing years prior and post my 2006 had recalls as did other similar cars and that airbags failed, I am very concerned. Hyundai seems to have excessive electrical problems reported and a spontaneous electrical fire is a main concern. I had my stop lamp switch replaced by dealership several years ago after a recall. The replacement should have been free however, I was told that it was only and advisory and not a recall and was made to pay $50 to replace the $7 stop lamp switch part. I later went online and discovered that indeed it was a recall and the dealership had scammed me by charging labor to replace the switch. I believe these vehicles are a danger, especially since there may also be issues with cruise control by stop lamp, and I am not certain with several years and miles driving that the replacement part is still functioning properly. I would strongly recommend immediate recall of 2006 & a design change with ample testing to prove these imports are not cutting corners again. I was considering another, such as a Toyota, however the recalls on Toyota and deaths have made me cautious of their quality as well. If airbags are mandated by you then their repair when obviously defective should rest on the manufacturers. Owned 2 2003 lancers 2.0L and were totaled, one rollover one front deer collision. Vehicle body safe but no airbags deployed either vehicle.

- Mount Olive, NC, USA

problem #23

Nov 172014


  • 132,000 miles
No accident occurred. Airbag light stays illuminated. Dealer says it is sensor in passenger side airbag. When dealer received part it would not fit because it is a three-prong design rather than a two prong design such as was originally installed. Dealer indicates that Hyundai switched to a three-prong design in mid-2006 model year. This necessitates the purchase of a seat cushion for the car that the three prong sensor can plug into. The sensor price with labor is about $300 and the seat cushion part price is $800. I believe that there have been other complaints about this problem and that Elantras from 2007 model year forward have been recalled for this same thing. I believed that a class action suit on this problem was filed in California alleging among many other things that Hyundai had prior knowledge of this problem with the 2006 Elantra and other Hyundai models. The dealer described the problem as a possibility that the airbag would not properly deploy for a smaller person. I believe that Hyundai should cover the cost of this repair.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #22

Jan 282013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles


When an adult passenger (weight 125 lbs) is sitting in the front passenger seat, the "passenger airbag is disabled" indicator remains illuminated. In the event of a collision this could result in the passenger airbags remaining undeployed, possibly further resulting in injury or death.

- Wantagh , NY, USA

problem #21

Jul 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 123,200 miles
The airbag light goes on and stays on.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 282014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 80,363 miles
Regardless of whether or not a passenger is seated in the passenger seat, the 'air bag' light on the dashboard goes off - problem began upon initially starting car, and is not linked to any accident ever occurred. A recall should be issued by the department of transportation for the safety of passengers riding in these vehicles.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #19

Jan 212014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Intermittent problem where dash air bag light continues to go on and off, whether passenger seat is occupied or not. Problem started to occur shortly after rear end collision, and diagnosis from Hyundai dealer pointed to defective right front seat mat and sensor. Diagnosis and repair costs estimated to be $1500. Insurance carrier denies connection between rear end collision and air bag light/seat problem. We are concerned about our safety while using 2006 Hyundai Elantra with intermittent air bag light, and numerous other air bag related complaints for this particular make and model. Can manufacturer comment and help customers and address this unusual defect occurrence, and should recall be made due to numerous related air bag complaints in the system?

- Hales Corners, WI, USA

problem #18

Sep 132013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Hyundai Elantra. Consumer writes in regards to air bag malfunction. The consumer stated the air bag inadvertently deployed, as he was backing out of a parking space. He suffered injuries to his face and neck...updated 03/24/14 updated 06/03/14

- Royal, AR, USA

problem #17

Dec 032013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Air bag light randomly illuminates if a passenger is seated in the car. Hyundai dealership demands $100 just to look at the car with no work performed and says that the problem is probably a "lighter weight" person or someone sitting "incorrectly" in the seat. As this is not the case, and the problem occurs no matter who is seated in the passenger seat, there is grave concern that the airbags will fail if involved in an accident - or will deploy and cause an accident. Considering Hyundai's historical issues with air bags and recalls on model years surrounding the 2006 model and complaints found all over the internet related to airbag issues for this model year as well, it is without a doubt a manufacturing issue. We would like to see an investigation and official recall in place to resolve the safety issue.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #16

Sep 042012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Air bags description: Certain vehicles equipped with an advanced air bag system. The occupant classification system (OCS) installed in the right front seat of the vehicle may misclassify a child restraint seat (crs) as an adult. This may occur if the crs is installed after an adult has been seated in the right front seat. If there has not been a ┐┐key on┐┐ ┐┐ key off┐┐ cycle with the right front passenger seat empty prior to installation of the crs. Damage: The possibility of misclassification of a crs as an adult may allow the right front airbag or side impact airbag to deploy in a crash and could result in injury to the right front occupant.

- Groveland, FL, USA

problem #15

Sep 262012


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while traveling 35-45 mph, the air bag warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer confirmed that the front passenger air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 42,000.

- Howard Beach, NY, USA

problem #14

Sep 092011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Passenger side air bag off- warning indicator would come on at inappropriate times.when it should be on, no rider in seat it would not be lit. When rider in passenger seat, the warning indicator would be on. It would function right sometimes and not at others. Now it no longer works at all. Air bag warning indicator in driver center gauge console is now on always. This leaves you wondering will the supplemental restraint system will work or not. The Hyundai's sister company Kia had a recall on their air bag system and this left me hope full Hyundai would right this problem.

- Mountain Home , AR, USA

problem #13

Jul 192012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 80,486 miles
Air bag light came on and stays on. Hyundai had recalls on 2005 and 2007-2009 years models. My car was built on 6/16/2006 and the recall for the 2007 was 7/14/2006. They have known issues with the air bags in a number of year models. The 2006 year model needs to be include in these recalls. Is it a safety issue and having a disabled wife riding with me makes me feel uncomfortable driving it. There are numerous reports of issues with this year model all over the internet.

- Winston Salen, NC, USA

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