really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,263 miles

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2008 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #77

Dec 102016


  • 82,000 miles


My car only has 82,000 miles on it and I am the second owner. For some reason the airbag light came on. I received an extended warranty notification earlier this year in regards to seat buckle assemblies on 2006-2008 Sonatas, which applied to my car. At that time however, I had no issues with the airbag light but now the light has come on. I went to the dealer and they stated that my issue has nothing to do with the seat belt buckle however it has to do with a B1448 080 (occupant classification system) (mat defect) I have spent some time doing research and it appears that a number of people have been experiencing this issue. I am not sure whats going on here but I think we need to look into the air bag issue. I have been quoted a cost of $1,300 to fix this problem and I do not feel that this is acceptable and that the cost should not be pushed on to the consumer, given that it appears to be mat defect which probably stems from the manufacturer. I have also taken this car to the same dealer for service and all the records of service are available. I am just concerned that this air bag issue may be very serious.

- Kew Gardens, NY, USA

problem #76

Dec 152016


  • miles
Im just writing because im getting alot of alerts from you guys and I dont live at the same address when I purchased my car. So im not getting my recall letters or notices. So what im woundering is what do I have to do to make sure my car is not being effective by theses recalls. Thank you and have a nice day.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #75

Sep 122016


  • miles
The air bag light doesn't go off, it stay on at all times. I call Hyundai and they said they can't help me!

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #74

Jan 112016


  • 100,000 miles


Car was part of the passenger airbag recall and seat was replaced years ago. Problem was never fully fixed as sensor still failed to recognize passengers at times. Now dash board air bag light is continuously illuminated. Also, passenger seat belt indicator constantly flashes with no passenger.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #73

Aug 162016


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the vehicles instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the set sensor had failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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problem #72

Aug 042016


  • 104,000 miles
B1448 issue showing OCS mat defect. Red dash light saying "air bag" came on @104000 miles and remains on. Light came on while driving with no occupant in passenger seat. No accidents or airbag deployments. Dealer indicates no active recall however NHTSA shows "Hyundai recall no. 083. System which features an occupant classification system (OCS) in the right front seat. The purpose of the OCS is to disable the right passenger seat front air bag when it detects the presence of a child restraint system or small child in the right front seat. The right front air bag is disabled to prevent injuries to a child that may result from a right front air bag inflation during a crash. I have an appointment today but since dealer will check VIN for active recalls, expect them to deny recall service and try to make me pay for repair. Had a notice back in 2019 saying to take vehicle to dealer to check which I did and without the benefit of a scan, they had someone sit in the seat to verify light extinguished but did no repair. My 13 year old daughter (weighing 85 pounds)would sit in seat and "airbag off light" would remain on when it should have extinguished and provided air bag protection. They told me the threshold was above my daughter's weight but would not tell me what the weight is supposed to be. I disagreed with their assessment and let them know. However, the dash airbag light moi was not lighting at that time but now is on. I believe the sensor is defective and computer is trying to determine whether anyone is in the seat or not.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #71

Jul 162016


  • 131,189 miles


On July 19, 2016 at or about 1500 hours, I was driving to the store to get some food, on the way out my apartment complex, I believe my Hyundai Sonata 2008 allowed me to go about two blocks down from where I live to shut off in the street right before I approached the stop sign. I also remember hearing two weeks prior to my vehicle shut off, while driving I heard this knocking sound in my engine, I thought it was the new starter that was replaced but then a day or two later it stop making that knocking noise. I called around to find answers no one had a clue to what was going on with this vehicle. Everything was working just fine until July 16, 2016. I had this vehicle since April 17, 2009 and I can't not believe this vehicle has a major issue like this at point and time. I could deal with regular maintenance services but on this flip sided coin; not having a vehicle to crank or one that just shuts off with out any engine lights or warning is a complete mystery for me, but I think it is time Hyundai give me some answers to this problem... lets also be clear there was oil and gas in the vehicle at this time of vehicle in motion shut off.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #70

Jan 012013


  • miles
The airbag indicator light remains illuminated at all times. The problem resolved briefly after the passenger side airbag seat sensor was replaced under warranty but after a few weeks the problem returned.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #69

May 102013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however it did not get diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not provided.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #68

Dec 052015


  • 145,000 miles
I was in a parking lot with the car turned off and used the keyless entry fob to open the trunk. The trunk flew up so quickly that the hydraulic hinge support, that props it open, broke off at the top. The ABS & ESC lights stay on when the car is running. Sometimes while I┐M driving those 2 warning lights will flash off, then back on a few seconds later. When that happens my brakes don┐T work correctly, and make a rubbing sound that I can feel through the brake pedal. The automotive instructor at the college I work at looked at the brakes and it's the calipers sticking. The dashboard SRS warning light stays on, and the passenger safety belt light flashes constantly when the car is running. It doesn┐T matter if there is someone in the passenger seat or not. The TPMS malfunction indicator is the most recent warning light to come on and stay on until the car is turned off. Seems like Hyundai produced nothing but lemons for quite a stretch and not much is being done to help the consumer┐

- Centralia, IL, USA

problem #67

Oct 072015


  • 141,310 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 141,310.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #66

Mar 112015


  • miles
Air bag light stays on all the time. ESC light comes on whale driving and some time it will go out. Turning on and off ESC switch will not turn it off. Would this be covered under recall? thanks jerry

- Lindsay, CA, USA

problem #65

Jul 012015


  • 100,000 miles
Airbag lights on at all times

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #64

May 302015


  • miles
Air bag light on dash will not go out. Passenger seatbelt air bag light also will not go out with or without someone in the seat. Both lights are still on after a warranty visit at the dealership. They cleared the codes and did the tensioner repair, but lights are still on. Several blogs with similar situations have come up with an internet search but even those people have spent the $ to fix the issue and the lights are still on for them too. Please fix!!!!!

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #63

Jan 312015


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle slid on ice and crashed into a snow bank without warning. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. A tow truck was called to pull the vehicle out of the snow bank and the vehicle was able to be driven to the contact's residence. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and repaired; however, one day later, the passenger and driver side air bag warning lights were consistently illuminated. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the air bag sensors in both seats needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000. Updated 8/19/15

- Babylon, NY, USA

problem #62

Dec 102014


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the passenger occupancy air bag sensor failed causing the air bag light to remain illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the seat belt buckle pretensioner and the passenger occupancy sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired because the VIN number was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V161000 (air bags). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Riverdale , MD, USA

problem #61

Dec 102014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 162,000 miles
When my daughter buckled the right front passenger seatbelt she stated it felt funny. During that exact time the seatbelt light began flashing and the airbag light came on.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #60

Jan 172015

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
The front passenger seat belt buckle assembly failed, took to dealership and code of B1518 came up. Basically the seat belt buckle needs to be replaced and then when replaced the air bag light on the dashboard will go away. With the error in the seat belt buckle, this thus illuminates the air bag light on the console. This seems to be a known issue with this make, model and year and yet Hyundai is not doing anything about this and wants us to pay everything out of pocket.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #59

Dec 012014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
2008 Hyundai Sonata : received recall for passenger air bag light several months ago, taken to dealership and told car was not part of recall even though passenger air bag light which shows that air bag system is deactivated came on when passenger was in front seat intermittently. Now driver side air bag light on steady, mechanic states sensor issue and air bag willnot deploy in crash, called Hyundai and informed 'after some digging' my car may be covered under OCS recall"?" Hyundai call center assisted me in getting appointment with dealership in a few days, unsure what repairs will be done. Also both visors are broken, will not stay up, issue with visibility, .

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #58

Aug 042014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My car's air bag light is on. Maybe something problem for air bag function. Air bag will be not working. I think the air bag is very important function regarding safety. How can I do ?

- Yorba Linda , CA, USA

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