really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,531 miles

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2015 Hyundai Sonata seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 282016


  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 35 mph, the driver side air bag deployed without warning. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 16V232000 (air bags). The dealer and manufacturer were notified. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 042016


  • 13,000 miles
"takata recall'. when sitting in traffic I thought someone hit me from behind. Next thing I know, I am hitting car in front of me. I really feel when air bags on steering wheel and under wheel went off the bottom bag hit my leg and knocked my foot off the brake pedal leaving bad bruise on my leg.first response, hit the brake but in confusion I think my foot was knocked over the gas peddle causing me to run into car ahead. Result: $9000 damage to my car, other car got scratch on bumper. I was the only one injured and needed to go to doctor for treatment. Please follow up because this is a big concern for the safety of the car owners. I truly am afraid to drive my Sonata again but would like to know because I would not want someone else to get hurt if I trade my car in. [xxx]. please talk to my husband when you call, I get to upset talking about it. Thank you very much for your concern for your customers. My car is a 2015 Sonata, VIN. Thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 222014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I was parking the car at an angle and hit the outside wall of a store at 2:30 in the afternoon. Both air bags deployed on the driver's side. Initially, I thought I had done something wrong, and maybe I did but I came to find out much later that this car has a floor mounted gas pedal. I had owned the car about five weeks by that time and had been out of town one of those weeks when I didn't even use it. I had put plastic mats in the car to protect the mats and carpeting in there. That morning I saw that the mat had gone up against the gas pedal. Again, at that point, I did not realize that the pedal was floor mounted. My only complaint is that Hyundai should tell people this and tell them not to put extra mats on the driver's side unless they are custom made. I really don't know if the accident was because I did something wrong or because the mat was pressing against the gas pedal and propelled the car forward while I thought I was pushing on the brake. The front corner of the car was severely damaged as was the wall I hit.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 292014


  • 125 miles
We purchased a 2015 Hyundai Sonata sport/L1 on 26 Dec 2014. My wife requires an extra cushion to sit on due lower back problems. Our previous car (2007 Chevrolet Impala) has sensors under the passenger seat that control the passenger air bag deployment. With my wife sitting on the extra cushion, the sensors correctly determined she was sitting in the passenger seat and set the airbag to operate if we were to be involved in an accident. Not realizing we were going to have a problem with the new Hyundai Sonata airbag sensors, we did not take the extra cushion along with us on the test drive. Three days later we discovered that the passenger airbag sensor did not recognize my wife sitting in the passenger seat while using her extra cushion for support. I brought this to the attention of the Hyundai service department where I purchased the car. Several attempts to correct the problem were unsuccessful, and I finally convinced the general manager to have the OCS system connected to the diagnostic computer and check the operating specifications. The general manager and the service manager informed me that the sensors were working properly, but they stated that Hyundai is now using a "gel pack" in the seat to sense if someone is sitting there. In the owners manual there is a note saying that a thick coat or extra cushion will not allow the sensors to operate properly. This seems to be a safety problem since anyone wearing a thick coat and sitting in the front passenger seat of the 2015 Sonata would not be protected by the airbag. Also, my wife is not the only person using an extra cushion for support while riding in the front passenger seat of a vehicle. We are now stuck with a new car that is unsafe for my wife to ride in "comfortably". we have experimented with "other" vehicles, and the extra cushion does not effect the sensors in them.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

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