really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,500 miles

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2008 Hyundai Tiburon seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012010


  • 30,000 miles


Airbag light continuously illuminated. I've been the only owner of this vehicle since new (8 years) and it started shortly after purchase. Have taken it to the dealership multiple times regarding airbag light and they disconnect the battery and it disappears for a while. I've never been in a crash so have no idea if this light indicates the airbags will deploy or not.

- Lake Dallas, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 142014


  • miles
Purchased new, original owners. Airbag light has come on various times requiring repair, and dealership of purchase (North park Hyundai) has always refused to repair defects under warranty coverage on vehicle. Airbag control module failed for no real reason (dealership said moisture caused failure - very hot and humid in South Louisiana) and refused to cover the part so we paid over 600 bucks to change the module because our college age daughter is using this vehicle. Not long after this repair (that was told to us, by this dealership, would take care of this problem), the airbag light came on again. Our latest visit to this dealership was the same - this time they said it is the airbag sensor under the passenger seat (not the center console one that failed last time) and (wouldn't you know it) they wanted another 600 dollars to change this module! there are obviously issues with the 2008 Tiburon airbag system (this car only has around 60K miles on it), and we are very concerned when we are in it. Luckily the car has never been in an accident.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 182014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon. While driving various speeds, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Riverbank, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 022013


  • 30,000 miles


My 2008 Hyundai Tiburon has been involved in 3 accidents (none my fault). The impact was of enough significance that the air bags should have deployed. The first collision involved a deer that was being chased by another vehicle, and it hit my car so hard, the deer exploded and the air bags did not deploy. I was told the crash was equivalent to 80 mph head on. Also, since I have owned this vehicle it continually revvs itself and no one can figure out the problem. It does it all the time and is very dangerous as I cannot stop while its revving like this. I have to throw it in neutral, hit the gas, then it will stop revving. This is especially dangerous (and very annoying) in rush hour traffic. The electronic stability control will randomly shut itself off and quite frequently. I did not buy this as a used car.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #2

May 132014


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon. The contact stated that the air bag off warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the seat belt sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,000. The VIN was not available.

- Erwin, TN, USA

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problem #1

Aug 222008


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon. While driving approximately 10 mph, the contact crashed into the passenger side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel and no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The police was called to the scene and a report was filed. An estimate has not yet been generated concerning the extent of the damage. The failure and current mileages were 11,000.

- Mcleansboro, IL, USA

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