really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,525 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

Oct 172006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,600 miles


2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT collided, bumper to bumper, with a stopped passenger vehicle at 5-10 mph. Impact was on the driver's side at a 40 degree angle to the vehicle centerline. Bumper damage was minor and there were no injuries nor realistic potential for injury. The vehicle's supplemental restraint system (SRS) deployed the passenger front airbag even though there was no passenger, presenting a risk of injury to the vehicle's occupants. The driver's front airbag did not deploy. The Tiburon's SRS computer activated the passenger airbag prematurely and was too sensitive to a minor, non-threatening impact; that is, defective. Bumper cover replacement $500, airbag repair $4,500. Defective devices are in my possession. Hyundai owners with a similar experience are invited to join a potential class action by E-mailing contact@airbagclaims.com, established for this purpose.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Sep 262006


  • 29,000 miles
The driver side airbag failed to deploy in the consumer 2004 Hyundai Tiburon. The driver lost control of the vehicle while driving in inclement weather and hit a tree. The passengers frontal air bag deployed but the driver's frontal air bag did not deploy. The driver sustained injuries to her chest, neck and back. The vehicle was totaled.

- Fayetteville, AR, 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

Dec 242004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
On icy road conditions on December 24, 2004 my car slide down a hill and crashed into a car in the ditch. Driver air bag did not deploy, but passenger side did. No passenger in the car. Safety concerns over air bag not working properly.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

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