really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,827 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #68

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 #67

Sep 292014


  • 117,000 miles
Airbag light came on permanently. Dealership says it is a failure in the passenger seat belt pretensioner and will cost me $432. Edmunds research revealed that the NHTSA is studying this problem in consideration of a recall. Just wanted to inform you that I also have this problem along with many other people.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #66

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 #65

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 #64

Sep 182014


  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the front passenger seat belt buckle fractured and the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the seat belt buckle sensor pretensioner failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 156,000.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

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problem #63

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 #62

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 #61

May 122009

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
The driver side seat belt pretensioner was changed under warranty on my 2006 Sonata. Now the passenger side pretensioner has set a code. The vehicle is no longer covered under warranty. An online search proved to be quite fruitful. This is not by any means an isolated incident. Hyundai is aware this problem exists and spans multiple models yet has done nothing to repair vehicles out of warranty. I would like to point out that a seat belt pretensioner is not a wear item. This part works in concert with your airbag. It also is a controlled explosion which tightens the seat belt to a person as the air bag is deployed. If some Hyundai air bags were to set codes for being out of spec all vehicles using them would no dough be recalled. However, a part working in unison on the same system with the same technology is not. I am at a loss for why this is not a national recall.

- Manorville, NY, USA

problem #60

Jun 232014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 91,896 miles
The air bag went on to indicate the air bag would not work. Considered this a safety issue. Took it to the dealer and indicated it was not covered and had to replace the passenger side seatbeat pretensioner assembly.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #59

Jul 012014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
We had the passenger seat re-calibrated due to lit airbag light sometime last year under the previous recall - we were not notified by Hyundai at all and instead, were told by the dealer when we took the car in that it was a recall item, which we found unconscionable on the manufacturer's part. We could not afford an airbag repair and drove the car for over a year, and found out later that the defect would render the entire system nonfunctional. The airbag light is lit again - the dealer told us not to put anything on the passenger seat besides a person so as not to trigger "something". when I inquired again about the lit airbag light, the dealer told me "it could be the seat belt" and quoted a price well over $100. It is clear the dealer, capital city Hyundai in tallahassee, Florida is already aware of the problem, and therefore, so is Hyundai. Now I see that this is an emerging problem through an edmund's article dated July 25, 2014 - please compel Hyundai to act on this defect as soon as possible. My college aged son and teen daughter use the car and I worry constantly about their safety. Consumers should not have to pay for a defect involving safety at all - I paid for the car once!!

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #58

Dec 212009

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 57,301 miles


In 12/21/09 airbag system light kept coming on. Took it to the dealer. They stated chip related to air bag system under the passenger seat was broken and I was not covered under warranty. Invoice # [xxx] (dennis Hyundai of dublin) repairs estimated at $500 to $900. Called Hyundai with a complaint. The service manager then called we had a meeting. I paid $ $175.03 to replace the chip. They also repaired passenger seat per NHTSA recall 13V-354 (note the recall repair only worked for about a year). After the warranty expired I took the vehicle to both the dealer and local repair shops. The airbag light would come one and then sometimes when I stopped reset its self or the dealer/repair shop could reset the light. The electrical wiring system started to act up after the 60,000 mile warranty period expired. The ABS light comes on then goes off the radio will come in loud the get quiet. The constant however is the airbag system light. I had the seat belt (driver side) changed (twice) in 2011 as the first replacement in did not work. The airbag light was off for a short time and then came back on. It will not reset so the airbag light is always on. I have always felt this problem should be covered by Hyundai. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #57

Apr 012014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
My air bag light came on and has stayed on consistently. Our mechanic read the code and it is the passenger side seat beat buckle. I have been told by Hyundai that their warranties only cover seat belts and air bags for 5 years or 60,000 miles. I cannot believe they advertise as "America's best warranty." I know this affects whether the air bags would function properly in an accident, so I urge you to please force them to recall this item and repair and/or replace it for anyone affected for free. Fyi, I did have this problem with a Honda Accord in the past and Honda did not even question repairing it-it is warranted for the lifetime of the car. I will certainly never buy another Hyundai again and will encourage anyone I know not to buy one either. Again, please force Hyundai to correct this problem with a recall. Thank you for your time and investigation.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #56

Aug 032014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 142,650 miles
I started the car and noticed that the airbag warning light would not go out. I checked the owners manual and it said bring it to the dealer as soon as possible. The dealer charged 95.00$ to diagnose the problem, and another $810 to change the 2 front seatbelt buckles. This is a safety item because the airbags may not deploy in case of an accident.Hyundai should recall these vehicles and fix the problem. I see that an investigation was opened on this problem, and would like tone included in the number of people complaining about this problem thanks for your time and consideration

- Newberry, FL, USA

problem #55

Jul 012014


  • 54,000 miles
Air bag light stays on. Dealer unsure of cause. Suspects sensor in seatbelt. May prevent airbag from deployment.

- Clinton, MA, USA

problem #54

Jul 232014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag indicator would illuminate each time the vehicle was started. The dealer stated that the front seat belt receivers needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 90,400. The vehicle was repaired at a cost of $ $365.35.

- Fords, NJ, USA

problem #53

Sep 022013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the front passenger side seat belt light illuminated indicating that the air bag system was disabled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the front passenger side seat belt sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 10/10/14 the consumer stated the manufacturer would not assist with the cost of the repair for the faulty sensor. Updated 3/31/2015

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #52

Jul 242014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Airbag light remains lit, suspected it had to do with passenger airbag recall. Dealer says not, that it is the passenger seat belt pretensioner and that in an accident the seat belt system would not work if not fixed and wants to charge $485 to do so. This is a safety issue and needs to be added to the recall because, based on the number of complaints I see, this is obviously a parts failure. Since the driver's side gets used far more often than the passenger, it is hasn't failed as a result of use.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #51

Apr 242014


  • 84,000 miles
Second time air bag light.. first time right side at 72000 mi.. nor 840000 right side repair $300 plus not cover by any safety recall. Light stays on air bags disables..

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #50

Mar 172014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
"air bag" SRS warning light on continuously. Per owners manual, this indicates this system "is not working properly" and "should be inspected by an authorized Hyundai dealer". concerned that the air bag/SRS system is unsafe and could cause injury or not properly protect occupants from injury or death in case of accident, brought car to local Hyundai dealer. Instructed that they would have to inspect the problem and charge us $105. Dealer performed inspection and diagnosis was faulty "belt assy restence high in buckle assy front pass side" for additional charge of $470. Repair was not performed. We called Hyundai Corp customer service and spoke with manager, but Hyundai stated that since no recall noted and past warranty period, they would not fix defect at no charge. Why should we pay for a defective air bag/SRS part/system that should not fail under normal life and use of a car? this is a fundamental internal safety system and should not stop working properly. This is a manufacturer defect for design, components and/or workmanship and should be recalled. Hyundai is not taking responsibility for it's faulty product to save themselves money at the expense of consumers and placing my family's safety at risk. We now paid $105 to confirm the car is unsafe to drive and are forced to spend an additional $470 to "correct" a defective SRS system, which may or may not "fix" problem, in order to confidently continue using car. Ridiculous.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #49

Oct 012013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
2006 Sonata gls very well maintained (for life of vehicle) by top notch local dealer + no accident history - reports driver side seat belt buckle err code, airbag light on/airbag system not activated. Dealer attempted OC3 test-passenger seat voluntary recall issue - could not complete test-buckle error...replaced buckle assy: Same code + light. Dash opened, console removed, driver seat removed: Airbag system harness inspection, reseat connections - new code appears: Drivers belt retractor assy. Replaced belt retractor assy. No code! and airbag system still not working/airbag light indicator on...dealer advised this expensive problem is well-known to 06, 07 Sonata owners: Sole viable solution=replace air bag system wiring harness. Ordered part # on harness - wrong harness delivered (connectors in wrong location on harness/don't meet up with car connectors. Ordered again, same result (dealership noted - these harnesses arrive with bag torn open (not first mechanic to order it for same problem and outcome).. local Hyundai territory engineer (troubleshooter for large problems) asked to visit for discussions - right part # / wrong part. Solution = I've dealt with this 3X recently and in this area - order this part #. guess what, new part is $750 / double old part cost. New harness reaches into back seat area as well and causes double the labor costs >$1,000...$1K already invested in parts and labor plus facing another $2K in harness parts & labor. Dealer can't provide any guarantee this will solve it short term let alone long term - contacted Hyundai usa for financial assistance - denied due to out of warranty + 2nd owner/not original (how convenient for them)..as mentioned, 3X '06 Sonata owners in this territory recently experienced identical issues and after getting tough with Hyundai usa, received buy-backs of their cars. Try to guess my next move...updated 08/14/14

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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