really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,950 miles

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2004 Hyundai Tiburon seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 222006

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the airbag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined the airbag sensor within the front seat belts needed to be replaced. After the replacement, the airbag light illuminated. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Lowden, IA, USA

problem #3

Dec 042005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
My airbags blew in a very low impact accident (5 mph). My car was completely undamaged from the impact, with the exception of a broken license plate bracket and damage to my interior, caused by the airbags deploying. According to my automobiles user manual, the airbags are only made to deploy on high speed impact, which was not the case in my accident. I went through Hyundai's complaint and resolution procedure, because I felt that the airbags should not have gone off. I also took the car to my mechanic and a Hyundai mechanic, and they both agreed that, judging by the amount of damage done to the exterior of my car (broken license plate bracket). The airbags should not have went off. Hyundai claimed the airbags functioned properly, and closed the file. I started searching for a new dashboard, and I was told repeatedly that the airbags were sensitive and went off very easily. My personal mechanic stands firm that my air bags should not have deployed. There was literally no damage to my car from this low impact accident, except the deployed airbags and broken license plate bracket. All the damage was caused by the airbags. My mechanic and all the salvage yards I have spoken to claim the sensor is overly sensitive. Hyundai¿'s manual stresses over and over, that the airbags will only deploy on high impact. When I called Hyundai to ask what the vehicle impact threshold level is for the airbags, they could not tell me. I did some research on the internet, and I found several other complaints about the airbags not functioning correctly. Hyundai should be recalling these, as they do not function properly, and there are many people that have had a bad experience with their air bags going off..their are a lot of people that have had to fork out money from their own pockets because of this, or have had to claim this on their insurance. It just is not right, and I would like to do something about it. Please help. Sincerely, tamara thornton.

- Plano, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 222005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I rear-ended someone on an icy road going approximately 30 mph. My airbag did not deploy, but the passenger's did, with no one in the seat. Hyundai claims that this is normal- designed to deploy at slower speeds without the seat belt buckled, but based on the research done on injuries without a seat belt worn, I find this design to be faulty, or I must wonder if their claim is true.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 162004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles
My 2004 hundai Tiburon was hit head on by another vehicle on 11/16/04. Both vehicles were traveling approximately 25mph. My passenger air bag deployed even though no one was in the seat. Driver side air bag did not deploy although the impact was mostly on the driver front. I sustained neck and back injuries in the collision. The car is at the dealer for repairs but I am not sure I will ever have confidence in the safety of the vehicle.

- Calhoun, LA, USA

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