definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,343 miles

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2008 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 302014


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. While the seat belt was latched in place, the air bag and the passenger seat belt unbuckled warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to dealer. The technician diagnosed that the passenger seat sensor and the seat belt assembly need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 312011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Airbag light indicator on passenger seat when occupied not registering person in seat if passenger not in seat. Seat belt light indicates fasten your seat belt with no passenger in seat, not safety @ all someone could get injured, I don't think I need to pay for it to be fixed, manufacturer issue, same problem on wsb news with another person, needs attention soon. Air bag frontal sensor/control module. I contacted all that should be concern but do not care wants my money and car payment company not taking it seriously.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 052007

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The airbag light does not go off when a lighter weight passenger is in the front passenger seat which we find very unsafe for our passengers. The weight it should register to go off as we understood is a body being over 85 lbs., but there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to when it stays on or goes off to make the passenger safer. Many drivers are light weight as are many passengers and this should be fixed for safety. Occasionally when restarting the car, the light suddenly goes off and sets the airbag ready for use if needed, but it is very annoying to restart your car several times and a waste of gas. After several restarts and hoping, the light sometimes never goes out. This is with the same light weight passenger so it does not make sense. Also the automatic headlights come on much later than dusk and therefore make unsafe driving conditions if the driver thinks they have come on and yet they are delayed much longer than normal. Paying for this feature just to not have them come on in time for dusk makes for buyer dissatisfaction among the feeling of being unsafely driving with out lights at dusk.

- California, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 222007


  • miles


The passenger airbag off light remains on even when an adult is seated in the passenger seat. Sometimes the condition can be cleared by restarting the vehicle but other times the condition remains the same. Adjusting the seating position and seat location do not seem to affect the problem at all.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 212007

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
The front passenger airbag light comes on when a passenger who weighs over 115 lbs is seated in the seat. The light states the airbag is off. This is definitely a serious safety issue because if the airbag is off it will not deplore if there is an accident. Therefore with the exception of the seatbelt, there is no other safety feature in case of an accident. The car was purchased under the assumption there were front and side airbags which apparently will not be the case because of some sort of defect in the sensor for the passenger seat. This is intermittent but nonetheless is not a chance I should have to take with my passengers. This needs to be addressed and fixed immediately or my money should be refunded so I can purchase another vehicle with reliable safety features. The fact that this vehicle is rated 5 stars in safety features needs to be reevaluated.

- Burlington, NC, USA

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problem #1

Aug 142007

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
My 2008 Hyundai Sonata passenger air bag system remains off when passenger is in seat. I have taken car to dealer numerous times and Hyundai still has not fixed the problem. I have asked for information showing weight restraints or limits of system with no answers. I feel this is a major safety concern.

- Parrish, FL, USA

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