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 4 of 16)

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problem #247

Sep 092013


  • 60,000 miles


Air bag light stays on took to dealer said driver seat switch bad, possible seat belt buckle could be bad quoted over 500. Dollars to fix I can not afford to have fixed should be covered under warranty.

- Mechanicsburg, OH, USA

problem #246

Oct 102014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
Suddenly, an warning sign for air bag appeared on the dash board. I was not comfortable to drive a car with air bag error sign. I brought my to my mechanic. It was diagnosed due to defective sensor in a buckle clip in a front passenger seat. Then, I brought my car into local dealer but they denied to repair in a warranty or recall. I heard that the same defect was not uncommon in Sonata around that year. If so, this defect should be covered by recall. I love my Sonata and Hyundai car!

- Clarksville, MD, USA

problem #245

Sep 292006


  • 9,442 miles
We noticed a crack starting in the passenger side dashboard where the airbag was located. The crash pad was replaced on 9/29/06 under warranty. A new crack started in 2010 which continued to expand & spread. On 10/12/11, we returned to the dealership and they verified the situation. However, we were told that because the vehicle was now "off warranty, " regardless that it was in the exact same location as the original problem, they could not re-address the issue unless we paid for the repair first & then could be considered under the "good will consideration policy". we strongly objected to this policy, but were told that nothing further could be done. It is now 12/4/14, and the crack has become so severe that air bag light has come on, creating a potential safety concern for the passenger. We know that we are not alone with this particular problem as we have personally spoken with other 2006 Sonata owners that have experienced this same issue.

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #244

Nov 252014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles


I purchased this vehicle not even a week ago and the air bag light came on Nov. 25,2014.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #243

Nov 112014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
My vehicle lights for the ecs system, seat belt and airbag keeps illuminating. I took it to Hyundai here in jacksonville and was told that a diagnostic for $94, would need to be done to see why the ESC light is on. The air bag light will go off when the seat cushion is recalibrated but, something is wrong with my seat belts(both), so it will stay on and therefore the air bags will not deploy on impact, I pray that I don't get into any accidents till I find out what the problem is. Why aren't the seats belts part of the recall for the airbag system? they work inconjunction with each other.the ESC was suppose to have been fixed in 09 but here it is 2014 and the same thing is happening again, the same problem as before. I have to pull over turn the car off and wait a minute to restart it only to have the light come on again once I start to drive. What is wrong with this car, it is suppose to be safe.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #242

Feb 042013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
In 2013, my airbag light came on and would not go off. I learned that a recall had been issued so I took the car to the dealership. The front passenger's seat was removed and sent away for repair. However, after this repair was made, the air bag light came on again and would not go off. I took the car back to the dealership and was told that the seat belt pretension/buckle was defective and would need to be replaced at a cost to me of over $400. Since that time, I have done extensive research and have found that this is a very common problem with Hyundai Sonatas. As of yet, I understand that no recall has been issued but that this matter is under investigation. This is a serious safety concern as the air bags may not deploy in an accident. I was specifically told this at the dealership. I urge you to take action and issue a recall on this. I, like most others in this situation, cannot afford to spend $400+ dollars to have this repaired. However, I also cannot in good conscience allow passengers to sit in the front seat knowing the air bags may not deploy. Of course, I also am concerned for my own safety as a driver and the air bag on the driver's side as well. It seems as though Hyundai knows that this is a problem, but obviously, unless the NHTSA issues a recall, no action will be taken and those of us in this situation will continue to put ourselves and our passengers at risk. Thank you for your attention to this serious matter!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #241

Nov 112014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles


There is a recall on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata for issue code: B1448 which means OCS mat defect and this made my dash air bag illuminate at times, meaning the airbag wouldn't have deployed in case of an accident. Fortunately, the Hyundai dealership shop did not charge me to replace the passenger seat since it is a recall. However, before they began to process the B1448 fix, another "safety" issue code came up on their diagnostic test saying "seat belt buckle pretensioner: Driver resistance is too high" and the dealership told me that this is also causing the air bag light to illuminate, thus the airbag may not deploy. Since my car warranty has expired and there is no safety recall on this specific issue, I have to pay a big bill out of my own pocket to replace the buckle pretensioner. This is a safety issue and there should be a recall on this. No one should pay anything for a safety issue. Upon web researching there has been a good number of people that have the same issue but yet there is no recall yet.

- Pico Rivera, CA, USA

problem #240

Oct 012013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Around 70000 miles the air bag light on the cluster has came on and has remained there. The dealer said it may be the ground and like other I have not found any other information on the problem.

- Highland Hts., OH, USA

problem #239

Oct 062014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 215,000 miles
Air bag sensor frequently mistakes an adult for a child and turns off. In addition, the air bag light has been on for at 3 years. Auto had about 125000 miles when the air bag light came on. Took the car to a dealer and they informed me I would have to pay well over $1,000 to repair the air bag sensor in the passenger side seat. Instead, I bought black tape to cover the air bag light. I thought this safety defect would have been recalled by now. Apparently, none of the airbags will deploy in an accident. This does not make sense, given the remaining airbag sensors most likely work. I am the original owner of things car.

- Woodland, PA, USA

problem #238

Aug 012014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Airbag light came on one day and just never went off. No accidents or damage to the car had been done prior. Went to other mechanics and they couldn't even figure out what the code on their diagnostic machines was. Hyundai checked it and told me it was the passenger buckle canister. That's fine, but 400,000 of these in the 06-08 Sonata models have now "failed" and at $100 for a diagnostics, then another $250 for a belt buckle repairs, I don't see how this could be wear and tear in the vehicle. Just seems like easy money for Hyundai. Hope this gets resolved soon.

- Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA

problem #237

Mar 132013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles


Around 18 months ago the red air bag warning light in the dash cluster would come on at different times. Later the light came on and stayed on. I took it to a dealer and paid $100 to have it reset and was told it was possibly a poor ground which they cleaned. The light remained off for less than a month, came on and off for a while and is now on full time. Have read much about people spending thousands of dollars at dealers with no end in sight and nothing fixing the problem. I can not find accurate information explaining if the light being on is a indication of the air bags not being able to operate properly or at all, or if it only indicates some section has a problem. This affects my safety and well being as well as causing a loss of value when I sell the car. I would think that Hyundai should stand behind any parts and labor that are related to vehicle safety.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #236

Jan 022012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My airbag warning light has been illuminated for a few years now. I have brought it to a few Hyundai dealerships and they tell me it is because of a problem with a sensor in my seat belts. They also tell me there is no recall and it will cost between 500-700 to fix it. While advising me that is it a serious safety risk and may cause my airbag to not deploy in the event of a crash. I don't understand how there is no recall on this yet. As the dealership has also informed me this is a common problem with the 2006 Sonata's.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #235

Sep 292014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 186,000 miles
The air bag warning light is illuminated on the dashboard and the service representative at Hyundai say that it is related to the pretensioner on the passenger side and a voltage discrepancy from the battery codes B1102 and B1706.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

problem #234

Sep 032012


  • 79,000 miles
SRS seat belt light first on right side...seat belt clip replaced cost $350 dollars.. told no covered under warranty... few months later left side indicator ses system light on dash instrument panel came... dealer repair said 130 to check... possible very expensive to fix... I cannot afford to repair because of unknown cost... this is a common problem on early models 06 thru 09 ??

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #233

Sep 142007


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Oakville, WA, USA

problem #232

Sep 262007


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the seat belt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 16,000. Djr

- Oakville, WA, USA

problem #231

Sep 092014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 48,800 miles
My dashboard warning light (red text: Air bag) went on as I was driving and has not shut off. When I called Hyundai corporate they said this was due to air bag sensors on passenger seat and was part of an ongoing OCS settlement so they made an appt with North county Hyundai. When the dealer inspected the issue, they said it was not part of the OCS settlement and that it is a seat belt tensioner/seat belt buckle issue (diagnostic code B1706) and that it is not a safety recall item, nor is it covered under warranty and would cost me $336.90. From what I have learned, this issue renders the air bag system inoperative so I am wondering why Hyundai is not forced to cover this system defect under warranty or if there are plans at NHTSA to issue a mandatory recall.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #230

Jul 012014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 70,000. The VIN was not available...updated 09-23-14

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #229

Apr 302013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My air bag light came on shortly after I bought my 2006 Hyundai Sonata used in 2013. The car does not have any wrecks to show this default. The dealership wants to charge me $260 for each new belt buckle because they say the sensors are bad. I want this turned into a recall as I don't feel their mechanical problem should end up costing me an additional $700 for their defective parts.

- Fairfield, WA, USA

problem #228

Jul 142014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Over the course of a few days, the driver's air bag light started to be lit continuously while an occupant was in the seat. Initially, the light would come on and then go out after a few moments. However, after approximately a week of the on/off, the light then remained lit anytime the car was on. A few weeks later, the ESC off light began to light up while driving the car. The light would come on while the car was in motion and would not shut off/turn ESC on unless the car was stopped, turned off, and then back on. The issue has appeared sporadically, usually when associated with a turn. It has happened approximately 10 times thus far.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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