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 7 of 8)

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problem #40

Aug 242011


  • 142,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the a local mechanic who diagnosed that the driver side air bag was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 142,000 and the current mileage was 142,692.

- Lake Worth , FL, USA

problem #39

Jul 272011


  • 77,534 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag sensor was disabled with the contact illumination of the air bag warning light. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised that the occupancy sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and advised having the seat cushion replaced at a cost of $800. There were no recalls for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 77,534.

- Minot, ME, USA

problem #38

Jun 152011


  • 75,000 miles
Jun 28, 2011 - savannah, ga air bag light on June 1, 2011, I took the car to the dealship because the red "air bag" light came on. Dealer diagnostics found that the occupancy sensor in passenger seat was defective. Technician reset the bit fault for the light, but the Hyundai service center that diagnosed the car informed me if it illuminated again, they were not allowed to reset it more than once and it will cost approximately $900 to replace the passenger seat sensor. If it is not replaced, the airbag system will not work. Prior to the red light "air bag" light illuminating, the amber "passenger air bag off" light has illuminated sporatically over the past year or so, sometimes with the passenger seat occupied by an adult, sometimes without a passenger at all. This amber light has also mysteriously flashed on/off at times, again regardless if seat was occupied or not. Research shows numerous amounts of 2007 Sonatas with same problem. On June 25th, the red "air bag" light re-illuminated. At both times, the passenger seat was occupied (by an adult). The dealer informs me that nhsta campaign 08V161000 is not applicable to this VIN, but the description of the recall summary sounds exactly like the problem demonstrated.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #37

Jan 012007


  • 5 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated the headlights did not illuminate brightly and caused a decrease in visibility. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the headlights were adjusted. The repair did not remedy the failure. The contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in either related recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08E021000 (exterior lighting:headlights) or 09E012000 (exterior lighting). The contact also stated that the air bag light intermittently illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the air bag light trouble code was cleared. The contact was then informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V161000 (air bags). The failure recurred and in addition, the contact stated that the anti-lock brake light intermittently illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure mileage was 5 and the current mileage was 48,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #36

Feb 202011


  • miles
2007 Hyundai Sonata has faulty air bag lights that appear on dash safety hazard that Hyundai should have a recall for.

- Dupont, OH, USA

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problem #35

Jun 232009


  • 7,284 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The air bag light continued to illuminated intermittently after NHTSA# 08V161000; air bags was completed in 2008. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer numerous times for repairs and they could not duplicate the problem. There were Hyundai expert investigators who have also inspected the air bags and were unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and complaints were filed; however, they have continued to refer him back to the dealer. The failure mileage was 7,284 and the current mileage was 15,000.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #34

Nov 262010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Airbag light remains on in my 2007 Sonata. Took it to the dealership and they said the driver's side seatbelt clip needed to be replaced at a cost of 500 euros (I'm a us soldier stationed in germany and I shipped my Sonata here from the us). After browsing online, this appears to be an abnormally common complain for Sonata owners.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #33

Jul 242007


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph, the passenger air bag warning light illuminated. The passenger seat was occupied at the time of the failure. The failure would recur intermittently when driving at any speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer eight times yet the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure continued to recur intermittently. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 46,000.

- Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #32

May 262010


  • 45,300 miles
NHTSA campaign id number: 08V161000 this is for a 2007 Hyundai Sonata passenger seat airbag switch. When my passenger sits there at times the airbag light on dash will show airbag system off. I have pictures that can be emailed to you if needed. I showed this to the Hyundai dealer and Hyundai corporation. They said because it did not fail at dealers location they can not do anything. I showed them the pictures and they still said no to fix. It would be different if I had no proof. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Help me. Thanks

- Long Grove, IL, USA

problem #31

May 182007

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag only functioned on an intermittent basis. The air bag light would show that the air bag was off at least 60% of the time. He took the vehicle to the dealership and was told that they could find nothing wrong with the vehicle. He received a recall notice (08V161000) but the vehicle was not repaired as the dealer stated that there was nothing wrong with the air bags. He wrote letters to the manufacturer but received no response. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage is approximately 35,000. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000. Updated 3/24/10 updated 07/19/10

- Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #30

Jan 062010

(reported on)

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles


2007 Hyundai Sonata has an air bag and back light problem with recall notice. The consumer stated the defects substantially impaired the use, safety and value of the vehicle.

- Abbeville, AL, USA

problem #29

Nov 102008


  • 18,063 miles
I had noticed that the "passenger airbag off" light in my 2007 Hyundai Sonata was sometimes coming on even when there was a passenger in the seat. We then received notice that there was a recall on this specific problem. We took our car to the dealer 11/3/08 and were advised that the passenger seat would be sent to California for repair. I picked up the car 11/9/08. Because we later noticed that the problem continued, we returned the car to the dealer 6/16/09. They again advised us they would return the seat to California for repair. I picked up the car from the dealer 7/6/09. Again the car light continued to indicate the passenger airbag was off when there was an adult passenger in the seat. One evening my husband and I drove the car to the dealer to show them that the airbag off light was on while I was seated in the passenger seat. The asst serv mgr was there and confirmed that the light was not functioning properly. On 9/23/09 I returned the car to the dealer and was met by the central region dist pts & svc mgr who discussed this issue with me. He suggested things to try (having the back of the seat in the straight up position, being sure to be seated in the center of the seat, sitting still for a few seconds after starting the car to be sure everything had engaged properly). He said we should let him know if none of this helped to alleviate the problem. None of these suggestions helped so we again contacted the cntrl rgn dist pts & svc mgr as instructed. After phone calls and discussions between him and my husband we have now been advised that nothing else will be done. Our concerns are: How do we know whether the airbag will work if a crash should occur" we have been told the airbag itself is ok, but if that's true then why can't we get that in writing? if it's just the light that's defective, why won't someone fix it? what are the legal ramifications if a passenger should be injured in our car since we are unsure if the airbag will work or not"

- Ludlow, KY, USA

problem #28

Oct 152007


  • 45,000 miles
On 2007 Hyundai Sonata SE limited I have lights telling me that the air bags are not operational. It some time tells me there is a passenger when there is not and sometimes no passenger when there is. Driver side air bag light stays on constantly. Now with the recall for the taillights I am thinking that the vehicle is not safe at all.

- Ft. Campbell , KY, USA

problem #27

Mar 102009

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
-the contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact had his vehicle repaired according to recall# 08V161000 (air bags). After the repair he noticed that when an occupant sits in the right passenger seat, the front air bag does not detect the presence of an adult. The manufacturer was notified, and a representative concluded that they are unaware of how to remedy the failure. The failure and current mileages were 35,000. Updated 11/23/09 the idler pulley bearing was replaced in the engine. Updated 11/24/09.

- Mineral Wells, WV, USA

problem #26

Jan 012009


  • 30,029 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The OCS (air bag detection system) in the front passenger seat was improperly repaired by the dealer due to a recall. The air bag light does not detect when the seat is occupied. The contact believes that the passenger side air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash. The current mileage was 32,800 and failure mileage was 30,029.

- Hartington, NE, USA

problem #25

May 282009


  • 66,000 miles
My husband notice the passenger airbag light was coming on and going off as we were going down the highway at around 20,000 miles. This happened many times for both my husband and myself. I brought the car into 2 different dealers and was told they can't duplicate the problem. Since we didn't notice it happening until we were going down the highway for at least a half hour, I wasn't surprised that it didn't happen while test driving it at slower speeds in town. Since it didn't happen for the dealers, and the ABS light in the instrument panel didn't come on when it happened, there was nothing they could do. Now that the vehicle is out of warranty at 66,000 miles, both the passenger ABS light and the instrument light have come on and won't go out. I also noticed that the passenger seatbelt light was flashing when my husband had his seatbelt on and buckled. I am bringing it to the dealership to see if this will be fixed under warranty but am sure they will say it's not covered and will cost me.

- Fulton, IL, USA

problem #24

Dec 312008


  • miles
I received a recall notice for passenger side air bag activation defect on my Hyundai Sonata 2007. I was advised that if I have this defect I should contact local dealer and make an appointment to get it fixed. I called local Hyundai dealer in burlington Vermont and they gave my an appointment for Dec. 31, 2008 at 8:00 am. I brought my car to dealer ship. I was told that they need the proof of I am having this problem of not activating the air bags. They need the person with me to show them that it does not work while person is in the car seat. I told them how come you did not tell me when I made the appointment also there is nothing mentioned about me proving it in the notice for recall. I was told that person with whom I made the appointment was not aware of the policy. I was told that it will take two weeks to fix the problem. I was told to bring the car back on Monday Jan. 5, 2009 and they will work on the car at that time. I told the dealership rep. That I can not keep taking time off from my work to get this safety problem fixed. The dealer rep. Agreed to make arrangement to get the car to dealer ship from my home on Monday Jan. 5, 2009. My concern is many people will just live with defect instead of getting it fixed because of road block from the dealer ship.

- Essex Junction, VT, USA

problem #23

Nov 202008


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag indicator remains illuminated even when the front passenger seat is occupied. He received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 08V161000 (air bags). The dealer kept the vehicle for three days. They removed the seat and sent it to the manufacturer for repair. The vehicle was returned to the contact and the air bag indicator remained dim for at least a week. The failure recurred and the dealer would not return his call for approximately three weeks. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #22

Sep 132008

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. When a passenger who weighed 130 pounds occupied the front passenger seat the air bag warning light illuminated indicating that the air bag was inoperative. The warning light improperly identified a small stature adult as a child in the front passenger seat. The failure to properly identify the passenger could result in injury or the air bag not deploying when necessary. After the failure occurred he received recall notice #08V161000 for the air bags. The technician replaced the seat and immediately the failure recurred. The manufacturer did not provide any assistance. The vehicle has not been properly repaired. The failure mileage was 6,500 and the current mileage was 8,000. Updated 01/14/09. Updated 01/15/09.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #21

Aug 142007


  • 10,000 miles
Since I purchased my 2007 Sonata, the passenger airbag light will intermittently stayed illuminated when a small adult is in the front passenger seat. In the month of October I received the recall notice 08V161000 (airbags) and immediately called the dealer to schedule an appointment to have this fixed. When I arrived the service manager had another employee sit in the passenger seat. The light went off so they said nothing is wrong. When I got home, I called the Hyundai customer assistance center and explained my situation. They informed me that the dealer should have told the this problem may happen when small adults are in the passenger seat and that they should have used a small adult to do their test. They proceeded to tell me that they can only fix the problem if the witness the light on and can hook it up to a computer to see if there is a problem. They said I would need to wait until it happened again, pull over, do not turn the car off, call roadside assistance, when roadside assistance got there tell them they need to tow the car with the engine running to the nearest Hyundai dealer service department so they can check it out. On 11/23/2008 (Sunday) the light stayed on when a small adult was in my passenger seat, when I called roadside assistance they could tow me to a Hyundai dealer service department but since it was Sunday they would be closed. Every dealer I call says they cannot do anything for me because Hyundai said they need to actually have the light on at the service department in order to send the seat in to be fixed. Hyundai's recall process for the airbag issue is terrible and inconveniences the owner. Can someone help me get this problem fixed?

- Omaha, NE, USA

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