really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,110 miles

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2001 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

May 312016


  • 223,000 miles


My son was in an accident in which someone pulled out of a side road into his path of travel. The front of the Hyundai from just past the grill on driver's side to entire passenger side hit the front driver wheel forward on the other car. Neither the steering wheel nor the passenger side airbag deployed in my Hyundai. He hit with such force the steering wheel was bowed and steering column was broken along with the bottom of the dash where his knees hit.

- Milton, WV, USA

problem #23

Mar 192015


  • 134,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at 55 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a bridge. The contact stated that the front driver side air bag failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact suffered injuries to the head, thumb, knees, neck, and chest that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a service lot. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was 134,000.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #22

Oct 012014


  • 615 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph and making a left turn, another vehicle crashed into the front of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 615.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #21

Aug 202014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 02V105000 (air bags) but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000. Updated 10/22/2014 the consumer was advised that Hyundai was only responsible for repairing the vehicle one time under recall. The vehicle was repaired by another mechanic but, the failure recurred. Updated 4/2/2015

- Florence , MA, USA

problem #20

Nov 012011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Hyundai Sonata. Consumer writes in regards to airbag light being continuously on the consumer stated each time the air bag light illuminated, it required the dealer to reset the error code. On the last occasion, the dealer found a loose connector under the front seat. On several other occasions, the dealer stated the problem was caused by items being placed under the seat, however, the consumer stated that was not the case. The consumer discovered two recalls had been issued regarding air bag problems.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

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problem #19

Mar 012003


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 02V105000 (air bags: Side/window) and NHTSA campaign id number: 01V347000 (air bags) but the repairs did not correct the failure and the air bag light remained illuminated. The manufacturer was contacted but denied assistance with any further repairs. The vehicle was not repaired for the issue. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 13,981.

- Clinton Township , MI, USA

problem #18

Oct 282003


  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle had repairs due to a recall previously but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician stated the failure was due to a defective sensor, and the vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #17

Apr 102009


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminates even when an occupant is seated in the passenger seat. The light remains illuminated when the vehicle is in motion. The failure has been occurring for two months. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 01V347000 (air bags), although the failures were identical. The vehicle will be repaired at the contact's expense. The failure mileage was 71,000 and current mileage was 75,000.

- Pittgroove, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jan 302003


  • miles

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 042002


  • 12,000 miles
Automobile has had chronic problems with airbag warning light. Constantly illuminated on the dashboard. Car has been taken to dealer numerous times ( more than 8 times). In each instance light is reset and comes back on short time later. Dealership issued assurance illuminated airbag light does not indicate airbags will not deploy which in not true. Airbag light is illuminated now and dealer now wants to charge to fix. Recall issued in 2002 for this problem, but was never repaired. Serious safety issue as airbag won't deploy in an accident.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jul 302002

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,411 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated three different times. The contact had the vehicle repaired three times and the previous owner had it repaired once. The contact was informed that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id numbers 01V347000 or 02V105000. The current mileage was 103,000 and failure mileage was 12,411.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 212005

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. He stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The dealer stated that would occur when the air bag system was off. There is a recall for the side air bag (recall#02V105000) and the airbags (recall#01V347000) however; the dealer stated his VIN was not included. As of July 26, 2007, the vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 70,203.

- Shingle Springs, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 042007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
- the contact stated has a 2001 Hyundai Sonata and air bag light stayed on. The contact called the dealer regarding recall 014347000, and they told him that this vehicle was not covered. The dealer told the contact that while the air bag light was on the air bags will not deploy if there was a crash. The contact felt that his vehicle should be covered under the recall because it had the same problems as mentioned in the recall. Updated 01/30/07.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #11

Apr 032006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
I got my car in 2002 it is a 2001 sonota. When you push the gas to pull out in front of traffic this car doesn't want to go! I have almost been in several car accidents when I tell the dealership about the problem they tell me nothing is wrong! also if you look at the complaints you will see that the air bag light keeps coming on that is a safety problem in its self.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #10

Apr 082006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2001 Hyundai Sonata was bought new. It has given me nothing but problems from the time I drove it off the lot and as soon as I hit the 60,000 mile mark (the bumper-to-bumper warranty ended at this point), the car constantly has something wrong with it. I have spent thousands of dollars in repairs. The airbags were fixed by the dealer because there was a problem. The brakes had a loud squeak and dealer replaced (under warranty at that time). The side front window motors have been fixed twice and now the passenger side window motor is broken and I had to put tape on it so that it will stay up. The timing belt went out after the warranty. Some kind of coil broke and needed replacement. The engine light is always turning on. I stopped taking it to the dealer after the car broke down, had it towed, dealer in laurel, md claimed to have fixed it, charged me $768, picked up car, same problem, engine light still on and took it back to dealer. Dealer said there was yet another problem. They said they fixed it and they charged me over $500. Still the same problem. I took the car to a mechanic and was charged $45 for the repair. There have been several other problems that I have had to pay for repairs. I just spent $435 on another repair. Now, after each repair, I just wait for the engine light to turn on again for the next expensive repair and yet I'm still making car payments. Absolute worst car I have ever had.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #9

Feb 112003

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,109 miles
Air bag light goes on without reason while driving. Air bag light stays on until car is brought to the dealer. Even when reset, airbag sometimes goes back on within several weeks of being fixed. Car has been in to dealer 9 times in 3 years for air bag related problems. The last time it was brought in the dealer said we would have to pay over $464 for a new ppd sensor. We are not willing to incur this cost with the history of follow-up failure we have experienced.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #8

Apr 152005

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,105 miles
Air bag warning light illuminated on dashboard, 3rd occurrence. Dealer troubleshooting indicated passenger airbag wiring harness required replacement (not related to previous lights). Out of warranty coverage by 2,269 miles. I believe manufacturer should cover this defect. Dealer informed me that if not corrected air bag might deploy inadvertently. Dealer will not disable the system or tell me how to do so. I should not have to pay for this safety related defect.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #7

Nov 012004

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Received recall for Sonata airbag. After repairs, light went on again, dealer refuse to repair under warranty. There were continuous air bag light illumination. Recall#01V347000.

- Macomb, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 092004

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall 02V105000, after ignition switch recall repairs were performed the defect recurred. On certain passenger vehicles, an intermittent condition that leads to the supplemental restraint system, (SRS) air bag warning light illumination could result from motion of the side impact air bag wiring harness and side impact air bag wiring harness connector which mount to the adjustable seat cushion assembly. This condition only relates to the side impact air bags, and could prevent air bag deployment during a crash where such deployment should occur. Consumer disappointed in the services rendered and the harsh treatment received.

- Macomb, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 102003

(reported on)

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The air bag warning light stayed on. Scc

- Spanish Fork, UT, USA

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