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 4 of 5)

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problem #28

Sep 192011


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag light and the seat belt light would illuminate on the instrument panel only when the passenger seat was occupied. The air bag light and seat belt would not illuminate when the seat was empty. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the air bag sensor and seat belt sensors needed to be replaced. The dealer also informed the contact that the components would possibly fail again due to a defect with the sensor. The failure mileage was 102,000 and the current mileage was 112,000.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #27

Aug 092011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
Airbag light remained on took it to the dealer 2 years ago (estimate), they reset the sensor and fiddled with the cable under the seat. In August of 2011 the light came back on and remained on. Took it it the dealer who scanned the codes which read "B1701" and "B1706" airbag resistance too high from the seat buckles. The dealer replaced the driver and passenger buckle at my cost. Mileage 62,966 there seems to be a high incidence of this occurring and should be investigated. See also: www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2006/Hyundai/Sonata/10315909 www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/hyundai_airbags.html

- Coventry , RI, USA

problem #26

Sep 172007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I purchased a Hyundai Sonata in 2006. The front passenger airbag light has been a huge problem from the year I got it and still is. It stays on all of the time. The dealer reset it a few times and then in Sep 2008 they put in a new seat buckle. Once again the airbag light is on. It will not pass inspection. The dealer wants $125 for the diagnostic (code is active B1706) and said a new buckle is needed, which is another $179 plus labor. So every year I am going to have to drop over $300 for the light to be turned off so it passes inspection. This is a scam. The concern is well documented with the dealer since the day I got the car. Now they wonżżT cover it and the light stays on after about 2 days from being reset. So every year when the inspection is due, I have to put out the money out for a new buckle again. I have never had an accident, I have no little kids or car seat in use, and I have never had the airbag go off. No idea how a seat belt buckles dies on its own and annually, too! there is a recall out there but it has to do with the light going on when kids that do not weigh enough to toggle the airbag light off, so the light stays on. That recalls # is08V161000. Many folks online and in forums are reporting the same airbag problem. I think a recall should be issued for this concern as it keeps duplicating over and over and over. Right now, I am paying for Firestone to do replace the buckle and for the diagnostic because they warranty it for 18 months and the dealer will only do it for 12. I need a new inspection sticker. Richmond, va.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #25

Nov 012011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


The "airbag" light came on and the vehicle was brought to the dealership for service. It was reported back to me that the seat belt sensor had failed, causing the airbag light to come on (and it was not covered on my extended warranty). From researching on the internet, it appears that this is a common problem with the Hyundai Sonata 2006. Hyundai refuses to do anything about it even though it is potentially a very dangerous malfunction.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #24

Jul 152011


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was constantly illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the seat belt module on the front passenger side needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 46,000.

- Plainville, CT, USA

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problem #23

Sep 052011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata that had my airbag and right seat belt light come on at the exact time. Researching this online I see I am not the first person to mention this defect with the 2006 Sonata and feel this problem should be addressed. This is a major issue leaving the driver with no airbags in the case of an accident. The cost to get this fixed is around $400 and I am told by the dealerships they know it is an issue with this model and that many customers have filed complaints regarding it. It's a defect having to do with the passenger seat/seat belt. This can result in someone's death if not addressed and needs to not be ignored, but corrected before it does.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #22

Jul 112011


  • 153,000 miles


Previously reported suspension failure caused accident. Air bag light did not deploy but came on and stayed on giving error code. Today the auto body shop doing the repairs to my car stated that the seat belt pre-tensioner's in both driver and passenger seats are not working and both need replaced as well as the air bag sensors on the driver and passenger side.

- Jasper, AL, USA

problem #21

Jul 112008


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated the air bag warning light remained illuminated on a consistent basis on the front passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who advised him that the passenger seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Within 2 years, the light illuminated and failed again. The vehicle was repaired for the identical component. The failure mileage was approximately 38,000.

- Grottotf, VA, USA

problem #20

Jun 062011


  • 62,878 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated the air bag sensor within the seat belt buckle failed. There was an electrical fault within the seat belt buckle that was causing the air bag light to illuminate constantly. There was no problem with the seat belt only the air bags. The dealer stated that in order to repair the failure, they would have to replace the entire seat belt assembly. The manufacturer was contacted who offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 62,878.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 202007


  • 30,000 miles
Purchased a 2006 Hyundai Sonata new. After approx 30,000 miles airbag light came on. Took it to spradley motors in cheyenne, wy for diagnostic. Was told they couldn't find anything wrong and reset the light. Within 1 year, airbag light came on again. Took it to spradley again and was told it was a seatbelt pretensioner. Said they would order parts and reset the light. After multiple calls parts never came in but light stayed off so no further action was taken. Airbag light came on again approx 70,000 miles. Received a recall notice for brake light switch. Took in for recall and to have airbag light checked again. Was told all would be fixed under recall. After six weeks of waiting for parts, brakelight switch replaced and shop told me that the seatbelt wasn't covered and would cost over $500 to fix. Filled complaint with both spradley main office and Hyundai usa. No resolution offered. Reply from Hyundai effectively said that since it wasn't under warrenty it wasn't their problem. Have been driving without airbags for almost a year as I don't have $500 for repairs. As someone else stated if I have to wear a seatbelt by law, Hyundai should have to guarantee that they work.

- Laramie, WY, USA

problem #18

Jan 012011


  • 51,000 miles


I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The air bag on the dash board came on. Brought the car to the dealership and they scanned it and told me that the OCS sensor went bad. This is covered by a recall. They also informed me that the right front buckle sensor is failed. The dealership has already replaced the buckle once. They informed me that this is out of warranty and there are no recalls listed for it. I called Hyundai Consumer Affairs to report this asking if there should be a recall on this and there is none. I had the seat buckle replaced about 1 1/2 years before.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #17

Dec 102010


  • 68,400 miles
Took to dealer to check on air bag indicator light on dash. Told by dealer that sensor in passenger side seat belt needs to be replaced for $375. And that all airbags were inoperable until sensor is replaced. Car is 8K miles past warranty. Called Hyundai Consumer Affairs hotline to file complaint but was told nothing could be done by Hyundai at this time. B& S&%T. my car has never been in an accident & the passenger side seat has been occupied 10% of the time. After reading all of the other Sonata owner complaints of this nature, a moron can discern that this is a system design flaw & Hyundai should step up & claim responsibly and make this right B-4 people die & this problem turns real ugly.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Dec 082010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 74,102 miles
On my 2006 Sonata the sensor in the drivers side seat belt breaks, turning on air bag notification light. I took the car into crain Hyundai of North little rock and they stated this is a common issue with this model and it wasn't covered under warranty according to the mechanic at crain this will stop the seatbelt from working properly and it will turn off the air bag. This is two major safety violations. 1 seat belt not functioning properly, 2 the air bag is now turned off. This makes the car worthless as far as resale value and a major safety issue.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #14

Oct 032010


  • 65,000 miles
My vehicle is victim to NHTSA campaign number: 09V122000. I brought it to the dealer and they said fixed it but it still does it and they said they cant do anything for me since they already peformed fix. I also brought in vehicle do to seatbelt defect. Seatbelt on passenger side wont catch unless alot of force is applied which was supposedly fixed as well, which still exists. Do you know what I can do for my next step"?"

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #13

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 #12

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 #11

Aug 042010


  • 106,000 miles
Repeated seat belt electronics failures. Seat belt electronic failure causes ABS system to disable. Have taken car to dealership and had seat belt replaced about $300 a belt 4 times as they say it isn't in warranty. Replacement seatbelts were new at dealership and installed by dealership.

- Lathrop, MO, USA

problem #10

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 #9

May 082008


  • 29,302 miles
May 08,2008, mileage 29302 air bag light on, dealer found code B1706 and replaced the driver seat belt buckle August 26,2008 mileage 33292 air bag light on, dealer found code B1701 and replaced the passenger buckle. May 04, 2009 mileage 39610 air bag light on and dealer found recall to calibrate the passenger seat cushion.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

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