really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,169 miles

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2010 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

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2010 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 232016


  • 25,000 miles


I was stopped in traffic on I-4 in Florida and a GMC pickup truck hit me in the rear of my car a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The GMC truck was going 70-78 mph when it hit me. None of my side or any of my air bags deployed as they should have. It happened on 12/23/16. Your lower date code wouldn't let me insert this date. Super government technology.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #11

May 202016


  • 85,000 miles
The airbag light came on and will not go off, took to dealer and they claim the sensor in the seat has gone bad and cost $675 to replace it and also I had to pay $90 just to diagnose it, this should not be right on a 5 year old car, I have seen other complaints online from car owners- I have not replaced part yet as I feel Hyundai should do it for free- and btw there have been 11 recalls on this car so far that I have had to have done- please put pressure on them to recall 2010-2011 Sonatas to fix the issue

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #10

Jul 092015

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
The dash board cracked around the airbag. Dealer stated it happens sometimes if the dashboard becomes too hot from the sun and no correction is needed as the airbag will still function. There is a light 'film' on the windshield and front, side windows. When I explored further I was informed by 2 separate mechanics when the airbag gas to push the bag to open (when needed by impact) enough to crack the dashboard, the airbag is no longer functioning. The film on my window (windshield, front sides) is from the expansion of the gases sticking to them. I have reviewed several forums, my problem is shared by many owners. It is over 1000$ to fix- which few people have, and should be 100% covered in full by the manufacturer. Second issue, my passenger side airbag monitor only works intermittently. My granddaughter is 75lbs the airbag 'on' light may or may not turn on. I have read this is may have been addressed in a recall which only ended with the 2008 Sonata. Mine is a 2010. Obviously, both are huge safety issues and need to be repaired asap. I cannot afford to do so. Currently my front passenger seat is not safe to use. Hyundai should be held accountable for both issues before someone else is misinformed and counts on their passenger airbag not to be injured, maimed or killed. These issues are not dependent on the movement of the car. Thank you, [xxx] I did not purchase this vehicle until January 2016. It cracked during the summer of 2015. Picture are dashboard inside and 2 outside. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #9

Dec 072015


  • 140,000 miles


My son was recently in two accidents involving Hyundai Sonatas. Both vehicles were totaled. In the first accident, he was driving a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. He fell asleep driving home one night and hit a guardrail with the left front panel. The car continued to slam into the guardrail all the way down the left side. No airbags deployed! four days ago, while driving a 2009 Hyundai Sonata, he slid on wet pavement and went down an embankment. He hit a large rock protruding from the ground causing the car to flip onto its roof. It continued to slide downhill until it finally came to a stop upside down. Again, not one airbag deployed! by the grace of god my son walked away from both accidents with only minor injuries. I am concerned that both these vehicles have significant airbag protection but when it was needed, they did not deploy. I am concerned that someone else may not be as lucky as my son was.

- Crozet, VA, USA

problem #8

Jan 282014


  • 45 miles
At 2014 -crash the air back was never deployed it was next to red LÍght and I was impact in the trunk with Jeep Wrangler and impulsed to 90's Mercury at front three vehÍculos was involved and I was in the middle I have cervical injure that make pintch nerves and desease that is very painfully now I'm under pills and quiropractor services

- BayamÓN, PR, USA

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problem #7

Oct 172015


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 55 mph, the brake system failed to engage when the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the the contact crashed into the preceding vehicle. The front driver side air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the legs, knees, lower back, and shoulders that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent tow yard. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 39,000.

- Florham Park, NJ, USA

problem #6

Oct 252014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 92,301 miles


Passenger air bag indicator on dashboard remains "off" (air bag deactivated) even during driving. Therefore, air bag will not deploy in case of accident.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 262014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 42,817 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph and exiting an alleyway, another vehicle crashed into the front driver's side and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained neck, head and wrist injuries. Also, the contact mentioned that the other driver sustained unknown injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 42,817. Updated 05/28/14 updated 05/30/2014

- Columbia, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 252013


  • 59,870 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the engine rpms increased excessively as the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The contact crashed into a building and the air bags did not deploy. The contact was not taken to the hospital. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 59,870.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #3

Apr 252011


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph, entering an intersection when an opposing vehicle crashed into the passenger's side front end. The air bag failed to deploy. The contact sustained a minor injury to the knee and chest area. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000. Updated 06/16/11 updated 1/19/2012

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 292010


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph when the vehicle lost control and began to swerve to the left and right. The contact was unable to control the vehicle and was involved in a crash in which the air bags did not deploy. The police appeared on the scene and the driver was reported injured. A police report was available. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the air bags would only deploy when the impact from the crash struck the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileage was 7,000.

- West Wareham, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152010

(reported on)


  • miles
2010 Hyundai Sonata. Consumer states problem with passenger side air bag the consumer stated when his wife sat in the passenger seat, the passenger air bag light sometimes indicated off and other times, it didn't.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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