really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 1
Average Mileage:
68,843 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 12 of 16)

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problem #87

Nov 072010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


The driver side "airbag" warning light turned on and has been on for about 3 months and the passenger "airbag" light is not working properly either. I am worried that the airbags will not deploy in an accident involving myself or a passenger. A lot of people with this car year and model have been reporting to have the same problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #86

Jan 012011


  • 77,000 miles
Dash board air bag light came on and remained on. Took to a mechanic who stated it was an error code that was not longer active. A sensor must have set it off, but there was no longer a problem. A few weeks later airbag light came on again. Took vehicle to Hyundai dealership who stated occupant classification system (OCS) or sensor that was part of system registered an error at some point in the past few days and that is why the light went on. They stated there was no longer an error, but that the sensor must be going bad and would need to be replaced before it failed. Reason being, once the sensor failed, the air bags (at least passenger air bag, potentially whole system shut off so driver as well?) wouldn't deploy in the case of an accident because system would shut off as a result of a sensor failure. Dealership stated that sensor could not be replaced individually, but that the whole passenger seat cushion would have to be replaced. The sensor is part of the OCS system. The quoted cost for the part (seat cushion with electronic sensing system) would be around $1500 total ($1350 for the part, $150 for the labor). As of now air bag light not on, sensor hasn't failed yet. Once it does, need to replace if want air bag system to deploy. This seems like a very serious safety issue that should be addressed by a recall. I have read hundreds of customer complaints online that have the 2006 Hyundai Sonata with this problem and haven't had it fixed. As a result there are a lot of people driving around in a vehicle that some if not all of the air bags won't deploy in (and most if not all of them don't realize it disables the air bag). This design flaw could result in serious injury or death. All information I received in regards to airbag light issue was from the service department at a Hyundai dealership. This issue needs to be investigated and a recall needs to be issued.

- Oro Valley, AZ, USA

problem #85

Jan 072011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
I have 2006 Hyundai Sonata and the airbag light just came on.air bag light came around 67K miles. Brought into dealer and was told it was "rf buckle & OCS failure" total estimated damage to my wallet = $1,700, after I paid the $105 for them to hold onto my car all day long just to plug a computer into the car which reads the codes and spits out the problem. It have to be recall for this, how many complains need to be fill up to force then to have a safe issue fix?

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #84

Aug 132010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


My airbag warning light will not go off. I woke up one day and started the car and it lit up, went off then came right back on. This is a manufacture's defect and it should have been corrected long ago. I spoke with a local dealership and they told me that my VIN# was not under recall. I believe that Hyundai purposely use's cheap material and does mediocre work at best so customer's will be forced to come out of pocket to make there's fat. My inspection is due and there is no way I will be able to pass.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #83

Jan 052011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Air bag light is on after 65,000 miles.

- Champlin, MN, USA

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problem #82

Dec 102010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
Air bags.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #81

Dec 202010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,048 miles


Seatbelt light on for 2006 Hyundai Sonata.

- Mccormick, SC, USA

problem #80

Dec 132010


  • 75,000 miles
Hyundai Sonata 2006 <80,000 miles, airbag light comes on due to short in passenger side seat belt. Seat belt is still functionable. If the light is on the airbags are disable- safety issue. This is a safety issue that must be addressed by Hyundai. Call Hyundai consumer relations at 1-800-633-5151 and file a formal complaint so that this can be escalated. If consumers choose not to fix the seat belt for $400 this become a safety hazard!

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #79

Dec 082010


  • 74,100 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrumental panel. The vehicle was then inspected by the dealer who informed the contact that the sensor on the passenger side had failed and deactivated the air bags. The manufacturer was also contacted and informed him that there is no investigation this problem. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 74,100.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #78

Nov 152010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 16,800 miles
Air bag light on in 2006 Hyundai Sonata gls V6 with under 17K miles. Air bag will not deploy with light on. Safety hazard. Told by Hyundai that it will cost $400-$1800 to fix. Major safety issue.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #77

Sep 012010


  • 93,000 miles


The air bag light in my '06 Sonata gls came on the day after it was inspected in September. After doing some internet research, it appears this is a very common problem with this year/make/model. That being said, it is clearly a manufacturer issue and should be corrected via recall.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #76

Sep 012010


  • 59,644 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata that is plagued with the "passenger air bag off" light (even with my 120 lb wife in the seat) along with the dashboard "air bag light that just turned on yesterday. As I see on the internet, this year along with newer models seem to be plagued with this problem. Response from corporate is, as usual to the consumer, it's your tough luck, buddy. Response from dealers are "open up your wallet and we'll pretend to fix it". this is a hideous and extremely dangerous situation that deserves a recall of the utmost importance. The usual question, of course, is how many deaths or injuries will it take to make this company step up and fix this extremely common problem with their product?

- Bellmawr, NJ, USA

problem #75

Oct 132006

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
2006 Hyundai Sonata gls V6 VIN : [xxx]. while driving a day air bag light came around 83K miles. Brought into dealer and was told it was "rf buckle & OCS failure" total estimated damage to my wallet = $1,700, after I paid the $105 for them to hold onto my car all day long just to plug a computer into the car which reads the codes and spits out the problem. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #74

Oct 102010


  • 58,000 miles
I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. Around 58,000 miles the "passenger air bag" light started to turn off and on randomly.. I took it to the dealer and they couldn't figure it out, saying there are no logs. Shortly after 60,000 miles (warranty expiration) the light started turning on and off more often, on its own, and now in addition the "air bag" light in the dashboard turned on solid. I took it to the dealer, and now they can see the logs (after warranty), they said the air bag sensors in the passenger seat have a short and the cost is $1200 + tax + labor. And failure to fix the problem risks the passenger air bag not activating if there is an accident, god forbids.

- Niskayuna, NY, USA

problem #73

Sep 282010


  • 62,000 miles
Air bag light illuminated, will not turn off. According to Hyundai, not part of a recall and not under warranty. Seems to be a recurring problem to these cars and nothing is done to rectify the situation"?" I will be taking it to the shop to begin the fight that everyone else seems to be having.

- Greenfield Center, NY, USA

problem #72

Sep 222010


  • 79,900 miles
I own a Hyundai Sonata 2006, and just before it got to 80,000 miles, the air bag light suddenly went on. It has stayed on for a week as of 9/25/10. I looked it up online and it seems many people have had this same issue with the Hyundai Sonatas and it is very costly to fix. I think this is a safety issue that should be looked into with Hyundai, if it happens repeatedly.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #71

Sep 232010


  • miles
Lights across instrument cluster will not go off including: ESC off, check engine, airbags and ABS. There is also a visibility issue regarding the sun visor on the driver side. These are all issues that I have seen many other people are having as well and are potentially dangerous.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #70

Jun 232009


  • 60,500 miles
The air bag light has come on, which will not let the air bags deploy if an accident. Problem was a sensor in the passenger seat belt. Had it replaced, within 2 months and $600 later, the light came back on. Will not get fixed again until a recall is made, many other people have the same problem. Too expensive, and should be recalled out of safety of people in vehicle.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #69

Sep 192010


  • 84,300 miles
I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata with the driver seat air bag light on. There is no reason for the light to be on. I am filing a complaint after being on a blog with hundreds of other drivers experiencing the same problem, resulting in up to 1700 dollars in repairs to replace seats, etc.

- Campton, NH, USA

problem #68

Sep 202008


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph with a passenger seated in the front passenger seat when the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently while driving at any speed so the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer the front passenger seat was removed and repaired. The failure continued to recur intermittently so the vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer several times where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired and the failure continued to recur intermittently. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.

- West St Paul, MN, USA

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