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 3 of 16)

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problem #267

Feb 272015

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


I have been getting an airbag light on my dash. The problem was traced to the drivers' side seat belt. This is odd since I only have 67,000 on the car, and probably less than 10,000 on the car with a passenger.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #266

Feb 252015

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The airbag light is on. The shop said it has to do with the drivers seat pretensioner circuit. In reading for issues, I found that the issue may be covered by warrant of 15 yrs or 250,000 as agreed by Hyundai to have you close your investigation. I have called Hyundai regarding your case NHTSA action number: PE14023. This case was closed because Hyundai said they would extend the warranty - I am calling the Hyundai service department - they say they don't know anything about this agreement. In reading the web for complaints about Hyundai, it looks like they are not recognizing this agreement with anyone.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #265

Feb 212015

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The air bag warning light is engaged on the instrument cluster panel. When the front passenger seat is empty of a person or any objects, the seat belt warning light blinks.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

problem #264

Nov 302014


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Mansfields, OH, USA

problem #263

Oct 012014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Air bag comes on and stays on.

- Spring, TX, USA

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problem #262

Jan 202015


  • 56,000 miles
My 2006 Hyundai Sonata's air bag light stays on. I took it to dealership. They said the problem is due to faulty passenger seat belt tensioner. This matches the description stated in NHTSA action number: PE14023. This investigation was closed because Hyundai will extend the warranty to 15 years or 250K miles. My Hyundai dealership does not honor this warranty because they did not get notice from corporate. I called Hyundai customer connect center 1-855-671-3059 with this issue and provided the NHTSA case number. I talked to a agent and his supervisor and his supervisor. Neither acknowledge the existence of this NHTSA action number: PE14023. They said I had to repair this on my own cost. I am surprised to hear that Hyundai just ignores the authority of NHTSA especially on the airbag issue. I have recorded the phone conversation with both supervisors for reference.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #261

Dec 012014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Seat belt tensioner causing air bag safety problem.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #260

Dec 182014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while starting the vehicle, the front passenger's side air bag warning light illuminated continuously. The failure recurred several times. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Abington, MO, USA

problem #259

Nov 012013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Air bag light is on due to pretensioner issue.

- Poland, ME, USA

problem #258

Jan 072015

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Since purchasing my car new in 2006, I have had to have the passenger side seat belt buckle replaced twice. First on Oct 6, 2010, then on Oct 25, 2013. Both times it was related to the air bag light illuminating on the dashboard and staying on consistently. In 2010, I was told it was a faulty seat belt part. Hyundai replaced it under warranty. In 2013, I was again told it was an issue with the same seat belt part, and this time I was charged $164.31 for the replacement. This week, the air bag light came on again. I can only assume it's, once again, a faulty seat belt buckle. I called the dealership who did the previous repair (davis Hyundai in NJ) and they said it was only covered under warranty for 12 months.. so I would have to pay for the replacement again. I googled the issue and it seems to be under investigation by your group. It's clearly a safety issue.. I don't think I should have to pay to have it fixed again, and really I think Hyundai should reimburse me for the first repair. If they can't figure out how to make a seat belt buckle that functions properly, they have no business making cars. Any help would be hugely appreciated. I planned to go through the BBB as well, but wanted to add to the number of complaints filed. I have records of all previous repairs.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #257

Jan 022015


  • 121,452 miles


Air bag light on at driver side- Hyundai says it is caused by passenger side seat buckle. Dealer and Hyundai corporate office says this is not covered under NHTSA action number PE14023. Unless I am reading NHTSA action number PE14023 incorrectly I think it should be"?" concerned about driving now.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #256

Jan 012015


  • 106,000 miles
Air bag light on the dash illuminated. Brought it to a mechanic and they said it was a faulty sensor in the seat belt latch.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #255

Jan 042015


  • 118,000 miles
Seat belt light stays on all the time.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #254

Dec 022014


  • 150,000 miles
My 2006 Hyundai Sonata air bag light illuminated on my dash. I took my car into the dealer on 12/9/15 and after a $120 diagnosis fee was told that I needed to replace the seat belt buckle and that the cost would be near $500. Unfortunately, I do not have the money to replace the part and was told that my air bags will not work. I have seen many more complaints about this same problem. This is a safety issue and there should be a recall for this issue!

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #253

Jul 152014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Dear sir or madam, my 2006 Sonata has being illuminated the air bag lamp. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but the vehicle was not repaired. Please investigate if will determine if 2006 Hyundai Sonata car should be recalled. Thanks, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #252

Dec 192014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 101,550 miles
The airbag light on the dashboard came on at approx. 101,550 miles and has remained on since. Mileage now at 102,049. Light remains on regardless on if there is a passenger seated or not. Please advise status on a recall for this defect which by all the readings complaints noted on line, is for sure an issue.

- Somers, CT, USA

problem #251

Mar 202014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 78,202 miles
At approximately 78,000 miles the airbag light on the dashboard came on. I took it to the dealer who found history code B1448 - OCS mat defective. The tech cleared the code and retested car and stated it is working as designed. Then at 83,000 miles the same light came on again. I took it back to the dealer who stated this time that there is a fault code set for the passengers side seatbelt latch. The latch side of the seatbelt needs to be replaced and it will cost $360. The tech also stated that the airbag system is disabled. There are numerous complaints from many Sonata owners regarding this same problem. There should be a recall as this is a major safety concern.

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #250

Dec 102014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I notice the air bag light stays on. I took it to the Hyundai dealer with in a week to have it fixed they said I would have to pay to get it fix. They told me that it was something in the seat belt connection and it was electroanal or some kind of sensor to turn the light off. So I asked will the air bag still work if I was in a accident" they said no because its not making the right connection to turn off the light and activate the airbag. So that's the only car I have to go from home to work and back or for anything else. So what am I to do" thank you

- Clearwater , FL, USA

problem #249

Dec 102014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I started having issues with my air bag light coming on intermittently two years ago at about 55,000 miles. I brought it in to the dealer for a corrosion recall and spoke with them about the air bag light. They told me if it stays on solid then return and they will look into it for me. I probably could have had it repaired at that point had they looked into it further. So now light is on all the time, took it in today and it is "seat belt buckles" that is causing issue, repair is 700 dollars and need my car for at least 4-5 days. I am guessing it will take another class action law suit to have Hyundai stand behind their product again and issue recalls for it's customers. I called corporate and inquired about investigations into making this a recall but obviously didn't get anywhere. The service department informed me that the air bags do not work now at all. I saw many other similar complaints about this issue, Hyundai obviously does not have the satisfaction or the safety of their customers as a priority.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #248

Dec 012014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 86,123 miles
Driving along, and the airbag light illuminated. Dealer says drivers side seat belt buckle failed and now, airbag light remains illuminated, possible failure of airbags.

- Aurora, IL, USA

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