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 13 of 16)

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problem #67

Sep 102010


  • 54,000 miles


2006 Hyundai Sonata driver side air bag light is on and Hyundai won't fix it I think it needs to be a recall since there are so many with this problem thank you!

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #66

Sep 142010


  • 123,689 miles
The airbag dash light on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata stays on. The dealer says it is due to a fault in the seatbelt tensioner on both driver and passenger side.

- Smithfield, UT, USA

problem #65

Apr 112009


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the passenger air bag warning light illuminated while the passenger seat was occupied. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V161000- air bags. The dealer refused to repair the vehicle stating that her VIN was not included in the recall despite that the contact received a letter from the manufacturer in regards to the recall. The sun visor labels also began peeling and the contact inquired with the dealer in regards to NHTSA campaign id number: 06V234000 (equipment: Other labels) and was informed by the dealer that that the repair was previously performed. The dealer refused any additional repairs. In addition, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 05V377000 (seats: Front assembly: Recliner) and the dealer refused repairs under the recall, stating that the work had already been performed on the vehicle. The contact stated that she never took the vehicle in for repairs under the recall. The contact also stated that when applying the brakes, the brake lights would not illuminate. She received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 09V122000 (service brakes) and when taking the vehicle to the dealer, she was informed again that the work had already been performed. The vehicle was not repaired for any of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 111,000.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #64

Sep 102010


  • miles


Re. 2006 Hyundai Sonata (currently approx 71,00 miles) - was part of past recall on passenger side airbag light staying lit when passenger in seat. Brought to dealer - they couldn't replicate problem at the time. Wouldn't fix problem (replace seat) due to not being able to replicate. Light still comes on intermittently when passenger in seat. Addressed with dealer and Hyundai corporate - corporate backed dealer. Shortly after 60,000 warranty expired, drivers side visor broke - falls down when driving - safety hazard. Called dealer - $45 just to buy - not installed. I have seen numerous complaints on here and other websites re. Same issue. Should be part of covered recall. Recently drivers air bag light began illuminating. Car battery needed replacing - thought this might be the problem - still illuminating after replacing battery. Called dealer - must pay diagnostic fee (I believe $88) just to look at it and then repairs which from my understanding can be costly. Have also seen numerous reports on this site and others of same problem. Should be safety recall also.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #63

Aug 282010


  • 73,831 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. I bought it new from henderson Hyundai in henderson, nv. My car has now 73,831 miles and I have had every required maintenance done to my car by the dealership that sold it to me. A week ago the driver's airbag light came on so decided to take it to the dealer so they can fix it. To my surprise they said I would need to replace the passenger seat, the whole seat, and that it would cost me $1800 to repair. He also mentioned something about the insulation in the wiring being gone. My car has never been into an accident so the airbags have never been deployed. Right now, because of this problem, none of the airbags in my car will deploy should I have an accident. I tried to make the dealership understand this is a safety issue Hyundai should fix since it is obvious this is a matter of a faulty system and not normal wear and tear. I can not afford paying $1800 for something they can not even guarantee will not happen again. I strongly believe Hyundai motor Inc should be held liable for this type of poor craftsmanship that makes driving my car unsafe.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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problem #62

Aug 112010


  • 63,000 miles
2006 Sonata. Just after warranty ending 60,000 miles ABS light comes on and won't go off.

- Atco, NJ, USA

problem #61

Aug 052010


  • 85,000 miles


Airbag system in 2006 Hyundai Sonata is not functioning due to defective passenger seat mat. 1. no events led to failure - it just failed. 2. fails 100% of time, resulting in inoperative air bag deployment system. 3. dealer mechanic reported that passenger seat mat cannot be repaired or replaced and that only means to rectify the situation is by replacement of entire passenger seat at cost of approximately $1500.

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #60

Jul 102010


  • 67,000 miles
Hyundai 2006 Sonata airbag light stays on.

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

problem #59

Jan 032009


  • 55,000 miles
Air bag light has come on intermittently since early 2009 when the car had approx. 55K. It now has 70K and has stayed on continuously. I'm in the same boat as everyone else, no warranty coverage for issue. Disappointing.

- Elsmere, KY, USA

problem #58

Jul 012010


  • 51,000 miles
2006 gls Sonata - air bag light on. 51,000 miles. Went to dealer, helpless.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #57

Jun 152010


  • miles


Airbag light came on at 70K miles and is not going off. Same problem occurred at 50K miles which the dealer fixed at no charge.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #56

Jun 152010


  • 70,000 miles
2006 Hyundai Sonata has had repeated air bag sensor faults and is currently in the shop for repairs estimated at over $1300. The part number is 88200-0A541-FZ0. Hyundai will not cover any portion despite multiple complaints for the same defective component. No airbags will function unless component is replaced. Consumer Affairs case #[xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #55

Jun 132010


  • 78,847 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata which I purchased in 2005. It is just under 79,000 miles and the air bag light has come on and no matter what has not turned off. This is a safety issue which Hyundai should handle and not force people to pay for at such high prices. There are numerous other complaints about the same issue and some action must be taken with Hyundai to get them to stop putting cheap parts into their vehicles.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #54

May 232010


  • miles
The airbag light on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata has been on for months and will not go off. Also, the passenger seat light is on almost all the time, even when there is no passenger sitting in the seat. My dealer said this would cost $1,700 to fix. However, based on an internet search, it seems like many Hyundai models have this problems with the airbag.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #53

Nov 012009


  • 70,000 miles
Computer problems for several months now. My car will stop a turn mid-turn and the dash lights will flash on momentarily. The wheel will bind and I have to brake hard to regain control of the wheel so I can complete the turn. This is always at a moderate speed, below the speed limit posted for the on/off ramp, etc. This has happened at least a dozen times with each time almost resulting in a crash due to losing control of my steering wheel. I took it to the dealership, they blew me off and said I needed to change my automatic transmission fluid. I had 3 other shops look at it and no one could determine cause. I had the grease fittings inspected as well as tie rods/ball joints. All were reported good. My airbag light has been on since about 40,000 miles. I took my car in, they said there was a leak in my sunroof, fixed it under warranty and turned the airbag light off. It came on again after 50,000 miles (after the expiration of my warranty) and has been on ever since. I took it into the dealership and they said it was a faulty seat belt clip and I needed to pay about $300 to have it fixed. I've done a lot of research and I'm seeing that many many Hyundai Sonata owners are experiencing the same things....airbag lights and computer problems.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #52

May 012010


  • 60,000 miles
I owned 4 Sonatas and two currently. The airbag warning light is illuminated in both 2006's with the passenger airbag warning light going off and off intermittently. The dealer fixed the one with 60K+ miles only to have it happen again. The other one has 103K and the dealer told me they knew the problem and it would be $1500 for parts (original prob was thought to be a low voltage). The one with 60K has the problem again. Called Hyundai Corp and they opened a case, called me two days later and told me there is nothing they can do. I really want to buy a 2010 and told them I could not knowing this problem exists and Hyundai refuses to assist.

- Louisburg, KS, USA

problem #51

May 012010


  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. At about 65,000 miles the air bag light went on. I brought it in to the dealer. They said they'd reset it (for $114) but that I may need a new control unit for $1,500. A week later, the light came back on.

- Sag Harbor, NY, USA

problem #50

May 272008


  • 65,000 miles
My airbag light came on. I took the car to the dealership/service garage and was told that there was a problem with a sensor in my seatbelt/airbag and it cost $400 to correct. I was unable to pass the va safety inspection with the light on, so I had to pay for the repair. Sixteen months later, the light came on again! I returned to the service dept, they ran a diagnostic and told me that the same problem had occurred. I refused to pay for the exact same repair. This is obviously a problem with the Hyundai brand and they should fix it. I searched the internet and found that numerous other individuals are experiencing the same problem. Please help! must I be expected to pay $400 to correct this problem every year in order to pass inspection? this is not fair and Hyundai should make this right. I'm told that my airbags won't deploy if I become involved in an accident.

- Gainesville , VA, USA

problem #49

Apr 042010


  • 67,750 miles
2006 Hyundai Sonata air bag light came on with no reason. Have about 68 K miles, I am concern if the airbag still work or not. This is very common problem in Hyundai, and dealer not doing fallow up with the problem.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #48

Mar 032010


  • 61,453 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the contact noticed the air bag service light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the OCS mat sensor was defective. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint and air bag light remained illuminated. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 08V161000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 61,453. The current mileage was approximately 62,000.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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