really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,589 miles

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2007 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #80

Sep 182013


  • 100,000 miles


I received a letter from Hyundai that my car was under recall (issue with the passenger air bag being de-activated) & urged me to visit the dealer if OCS light was on. Hence I took it to the dealership based on this safety recall notice, there I was informed that they will perform the inspection and conditionally charge me $110 for it which I agreed and later my only options to get the car back after the inspection were either pay $110 inspection fee or the $350 to fix the issue which they deemed was not related to the recall and hence not covered. If Hyundai has a manufacturing defect should it not be their responsibility to inspect it to see if the recall is applicable instead of charging the customer for it? secondly, having critical safety features (that disables the entire OCS!) fail on the car just after warranty is very unfortunate, in this case the seat buckle pre-tensioner failed and disabled the OCS system (although I believe the seat belt and airbag would have worked fine with slightly less function if pretensioner added feature is not available). Please advise what I need to do since Hyundai refused to refund my payment. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #79

Jul 252013


  • 76,533 miles
Passenger front seat air bag buckle/sensor assembly has failed. After seeing so many similar reports, I want to make aware that I have similar issues. I am also wondering if this has anything to do with the recall on the OCS? I have yet to have the recall fixed, because they have refused to do so, until I received another letter and called Hyundai. Who then called the dealer. Am still waiting for the results.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #78

Dec 072010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that she attempted to park when the vehicle slid across an ice patch and crashed into a pole. The contact stated that upon impact, the air bag warning light illuminated but the air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection however, they could not determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #77

Nov 222013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 132,800 miles


The red air bag light is on steady since about 22 November and does not go out. We had this same issue in May 2010 and it was the driver side seat belt buckle sensor costing about $350. Looking at this issue on the internet it appears this is a known and very common malfunction. As such it should be something the company pays or reimburses consumers for in a recall for these issues.

- Stoughton, WI, USA

problem #76

Nov 272013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 83,340 miles
Red "air bag" instrument panel light came on and has not gone off in 5 days. I am currently planning to make an appointment with a Hyundai dealer to address another air bag issue with the passenger air bag system under a recall initially released on 4/2008, but which I have only recently received notice in the past few months. This recall does not address the current problem as I understand it from various consumer forums. However there are a substantial number of people complaining about this similar issue that appears to be all part of a defective OCS system overall. Since the red lamp indicates that the air bag system is now deactivated, this raises a more serious issue than the passenger sensor issue, since now the driver as well is unprotected.

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

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problem #75

Oct 102012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 38,500 miles
Air bag light would come on for a few days then go off. Now it is continuously on. Dealer said that both seat belt buckles need to be replaced. I though any seatbelt issues had no warranty end date. They want $550 to repair. I hope my air bags work if/when needed. There seem to be many such complaints. Seems this should be a recall issue.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #74

Sep 022013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The air bag warning light comes on intermittently also the passenger air bag off light comes on when an adult is seated in the passenger seat, also the fasten seat belt light comes on when no one is sitting in the passenger seat.

- Cedar Bluff, AL, USA

problem #73

Oct 012012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The air bag light on the dash above the steering wheel was coming on and off for several months and is now permanently on. In May 2013 I called the Hyundai assistance center and was told there was a recall and to schedule repair with the dealer. When I called the dealer, they informed me that there is no air bag recall for my vehicle. After another 30 minutes on the phone and on hold with the assistance center, I was informed that there was indeed a recall but that it applied to the light above the radio indicating that there is an issue with the passenger seat air bag and the detection of a small child. After a $60 diagnostic test, I've now learned that my air bag light is due to some sort of seat belt issue, which will have to be repaired at my expense. This appears to be a common issue and should be addressed by Hyundai.

- South Haven, MI, USA

problem #72

Jun 152013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 67,500 miles
Airbag warning lamp on the dash constantly lit after engine start. Failure of airbag system.

- Clarksville, MD, USA

problem #71

Aug 012013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
The air bag warning light stays on constantly. The dealership said the sensor was triggered due to a faulty passenger seat belt assembly and needed to be replaced ($385). This was not covered by our extended 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Must have been front bumper to front bumper coverage. Fortunately, we did not have to wait for an accident to see if the air bags would deploy or not. Regardless, the company has failed to stand by its safety features.. even with repeated complaints, Hyundai has still failed to recall the vehicles for this issue.

- Sunbury, OH, USA

problem #70

Jul 202013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger's side air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 58,000.....updated 10-21-13

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #69

Jul 142013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle struck and totaled yet no air bags went off.

- Long Beach, NY, USA

problem #68

Jun 212013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 84,353 miles
From police report: The collision occurred as parties were traveling northbound on I-15 North of via rancho parkway in the #1 lane. P-1 (driver) was driving vehicle 1 (Mitsubishi) and traveling at approximately 65-70 mph behind vehicle 2 (Hyundai). P-2 (driver) was driving vehicle 2 (Hyundai) and was stopped behind vehicle 3 (Toyota). P-3 (driver) was driving vehicle 3 (Toyota) and traveling at approximately 5 mph. This collision occurred when due to vehicle 1's unsafe speed; P-1 (driver) allowed the front of vehicle 1 to strike the rear of vehicle 2. vehicle 2 was pushed into the rear of vehicle 3. vehicle 2 Hyundai per insurance claim is totaled. Airbags did not deploy.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #67

Apr 162013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who advised the contact that the passenger air bag occupant sensor malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance because the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 134,000 and the current mileage was 135,000.

- Erial, NJ, USA

problem #66

May 082013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
There is an airbag light on in my 2007 Hyundai Sonata. I received a pamphlet regarding a class action lawsuit against Hyundai that my vehicle qualified for a "free" recalibration to "reset" the airbag light. I called my local dealer, got the car in. They said that the airbag light was on due to a faulty seatbelt, and they would have to remove the entire seat, send it to California and it would cost me $300. I said that I would need to speak to my spouse, and they charged me $70 for the visit for them to "diagnose" the problem.....I think this is absolutely ridiculous. I also see where there are several complaints online of the very same issue my car is having. Also....I intend to fill out another complaint form for a 2006 Hyundai Sonata we own, that is having the exact same issue. Something needs to be done about this, and not a the customer's expense either. Obviously it is an issue Hyundai should be taking care of.

- Saint Marys, OH, USA

problem #65

May 042013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the driver's side air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer stated that the buckle for the seat belt tensioner caused the failure, which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 64,000.

- Saint Cloud, MN, USA

problem #64

Apr 202013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while parked, he noticed that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the front passenger buckle resistor would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- St Cloud, MN, USA

problem #63

Dec 032012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
My air bag light stays on all the time. Whenever I am driving alone, my passenger seatbelt light flashes not stop. This two things been going on for a while now. Also my lights stay on even after I switch my lights off, I have to turn them on and turn them back off until they shut off. A mechanic told me its the brake light switch causing the problem. I have had technicians look at these issues, and it will cost hundreds to repair. I believe Hyundai is missing out the point that the 2007 Sonata models have an air bag issue too.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #62

Mar 012013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Air bag warning light comes on, stays on while driving. This happens intermittently. In the following weeks sometimes light comes on and stays on during a trip, on another day it stays off. Happens when nobody in front passenger seat, and also when an adult sits in passenger seat. Dealer inspected car on 3/25/13 and said that the control unit needs replacing at a cost of about $270. Thinks that when light is on, air bags may or may not deploy. Claims there has been no recall, but it seems to me I have seen a recall notice for that problem.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #61

Mar 012008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags) and attempted to have the vehicle repaired but was informed by the dealer that no such recall existed. The contact was denied repairs to the vehicle per the recall. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed that the vehicle was included in and could be repaired under the recall campaign. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

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