really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,029 miles

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2000 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2000 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #18

Oct 212013


  • 53,231 miles


Air bag light came on and stayed on. Dealer (taylor Hyundai) denied that there was an air bag recall on this model.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #17

May 302012


  • 165,285 miles
I was heading eastbound going about 40 mph. An SUV was heading westbound and about to make a left turn. The SUV struck my vehicle and totaled the entire front of the vehicle. My airbags did not deploy. I am supposed to have side and front airbags. I am lucky I was wearing a seat belt because other than that, I had no other protection. This could have been fatal.

- Hales Corners, WI, USA

problem #16

Apr 012008


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag indicator is constantly illuminated, which means that the air bags are deactivated. The dealer turned off the indicator with the use of a computer; however, the indicator illuminated again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they turned off the light with the computer again, but the failure recurred. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 01V347000 regarding the air bag indicators. The current mileage was 97,000 and failure mileage was 96,000.

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #15

Oct 102005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


New Hyundai Sonata purchased in 2000. Motor vehicle recall notice received regarding air bag wiring harness. Car was taken in for recall. The recall was "fixed" according to the dealer. The air bag wiring harness connector has not been fixed correctly. The air bag light still goes off, because the connector must be loose and disconnects. Dealer states that owner must be disconnecting the wiring by placing objects under the seat. The owner does not put objects under the seat. The recall issue has not been fixed so that the wiring harness is securely fastened.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

problem #14

Oct 312004

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Air bags did not deploy when vehicle was in a front impact accident at 30 miles per hour.

- North Reading, MA, USA

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problem #13

Jan 162004

(reported on)


  • miles
The airbag light illuminated. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer replaced a part and the light went off for a day and then came back on.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #12

Sep 032003


  • miles


Vehicle was involved in a head on collision and airbags did not deploy. Consumer stated that a recall was repaired for the airbag.

- York, PA, USA

problem #11

May 052003

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
While traveling 55 to 60 mph, the consumer hit an animal that had stopped in the road and none of the airbags deployed. All five passengers were injured in the accident. It was a horse, which died upon impact.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Jun 062003

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I had my bearings replaced, my rear hub bearings. Now it is making to same noise and they now say it is not the bearings-they do not know what it is! my car idle sounds like is going to stall all the time when I am stopped. The car pulls around 5,20 and 50 mph like it just cannot get gas or the transmission is bad. I brought it in 2xs. They say they do not know what it is and cannot get anything on the diag machines. Now I am passed 60,000 miles. After having my car for 2 days (giving me no lender or rental) they found a problem at the last minute. Oil leaked from the valves into the spark plug wires into the coil pack and that is the car pulling problem. They say I have to pay $600 to fix it. This was on June 6,2003. I brought the car in for the idle which was not fixed and brought it in for this engine hesitation 2xs. Both times they did not and couldnot fix these problems. I have the receipts that they could not fix nor repeat these problems, but they are noted. I should not have to pay for these repairs!!!! this is not daily upkeep!! this must be defect!! I have a real problem with this car! I need to be contacted on this matter for Hyundai to pay for these repairs! I am having a difficult time on this matter. These parts need to be replaced now and I cannot and shouldn't have to pay for these parts or labor! I also have had my front driver window regulator fixed 4 times, my front passenger side regulator fixed once, my rear regulator fixed once. I had to buy a new battery for my car and a new headlight in the first year(Hyundai said I had to submit paperwork to see if they would vote to repay me for my cost of the battery). I had my air bag light going off(which now I never trust for it to go off when needed or even go off when not ). my paint is chipping everywhere! my front passenger window leaks all over my carpet inside floor. And many more problems! thank you, darlene liddane dliddane@earthlink.net 941-637-0802

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 042002


  • miles
Consumer is still having problems after recall has been performed on the vehicle. Recall#01V34700 air bag light SRS. City motors 700 East hwy20 Michigan city, in 46360.

- Michican City, IN, USA

problem #8

Sep 152002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Consumer states that while driving at any speed and no warning the air bag light comes on and the air bag could be inoperative in the event of a vehicle accident. Dealer notified. Consumer stated that the air bag was serviced three times but the problem still exists.

- Marton, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 032001


  • miles
Consumer states air bag warning light is on for the fifth time. Dealer replaced entire wiring harness. However, this did not fix the problem and the air bag light is on again.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jul 102002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag warning light illuminated constantly since March 2002. Dealership worked on vehicle 3 times, and then informed owner that recall 02V105002 repairs were performed in June 2002. On July 6th, air bag light again began to illuminate. Dealership was taking time to determine cause and remedy.

- Edwards, MS, USA

problem #5

Mar 282000


  • miles
Air bag senor light comes on and stays on all day. Contacted dealer. Found nothing wrong.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 292000


  • miles
Vehicle is very dangerous - manufacturer needs to take steps in ensuring my safety as well as the safety of others on the road.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 012001


  • miles
Vehicle stalled without prior warning, and then engine check light/ air bag light came on dashboard. Dealership was aware of problem.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 132000


  • miles
The airbag light comes on. The district manger, jeff westland out of N.J., (609) 395-7308 stated that Hyundai is aware of a defect in the right passenger seat (late 1999's & early 2000's that rolled off the assembly) which makes the light come on if a person moves around in the seat, excessive weight of a passenger, or putting any object under the seat. What I find outrageous about this, is the last two times I've taken my vehicle in, I've been told that the airbag light was not on. When I spoke with Mr. Westland, he wanted me to leave the car for several days at the dealship, first team, so they could go over it bumper to bumper. On January 8, 2001 I took the car into the dealer so they could look at the transmission and the airbag light which was on again. On that evening, at approximately 5:00, I received a call from the dealship, asking if I could come into the dealership the next morning to drive with one of their mechanics because they could not duplicate the problem with the transmission. I was unable to do so because of work. I was also told that the airbag light had not been on. I picked up the car that evening since, "nothing was wrong with it" and would be unable to test drive it with a mechanic.. I do not understand why the dealership is saying that the airbag light has not been on the last several times when it has been. The transmission sporatically downshifts when I am driving on the freeway on a straight and level surface at a constant speed. It also hesitates sometimes when starting off from a dead stop. If you would like any of the invoices stating the repairs that have been done to these two problems, please contact me. Thank you for your help.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 202000


  • miles
Air bag control unit is defective. Replacement parts are on national back-order. Air bags are inoperable, and (as a result) pose a safety concern for the driver and passengers.ard

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

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