really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,954 miles

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2006 Hyundai Tucson seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Hyundai Tucson Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Apr 212007


  • miles


My air bag light keeps coming on I have had the sensor changed at least 4 times my husband bought a Hyundai and it is doing the same thing. They told me now that I have no warranty that I have no air bags if the light is on. With this happening so often it should be a recall. It started right after I bought the car in 2007.

- Crystal, MN, USA

problem #24

Mar 092016


  • 4,200 miles
Started in Dec 2015 had problem starting car. All the lights came on then died. Finally started took it to the mechanic for a diagnostic test no problem was found. After a week same problem occurred, I was told to press on the gas for a while. Worked, however three months later, try to start car all lights came on then died. If the manufacturer is aware of a problem inform the customers. Obviously there is a problem. Help us identify and solve the problem. Could you imagine getting ready to go to work but the car you drove yesterday would not start" what is happening? its frustrating not knowing what is wrong. Will my car start today" in addition the light comes on about the passenger airbag is off.

- Christiansted, VI, USA

problem #23

Feb 272016


  • 97,000 miles
Air bag light is on. Took to the dealer, webb Hyundai in highland, Indiana. They said $502 to fix it. It's a safety issue. Later, they said since I'm a loyal customer (bought 5 Hyundai's) they'd fix it for $177. It's a safety issue! my wife drove the car home. Invoice says "customer declined repair at this time. Vehicle is unsafe to drive." She's crying. Extended warranty expires in 2 days. Car has 97000 miles on it. Hyundai has lost my business and I will let others know about their treatment of customers. I don't have a fax machine to send copies of the receipts.

- Schererville, IN, USA

problem #22

Nov 012014

Tucson 4WD 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


I pd a Hyundai Tucson dealer a $100 to put a computer on my 2006 car to find out why my air bag light was on took them just a few minutes to tell me it was the seat belts was the reason the light was on and it would only cost $600 to change them. I am in my 70 ts on fixed income after my medicare I only have $400 ss to live on. That means I won't eat for 3 mouths or have heat or pay any other bills if I wont to drive my car and I live a long from town and am handicapped. The dealer told me that the seatbelt problem is the most reason the air bag light comes in this car they change a dozen or more a month, Hyundai and ntsb should be ashamed to let this happen please help [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fairfield, ME, USA

problem #21

Mar 102014


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag indicator continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

- Brockton, MA, USA

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problem #20

Apr 092013

Tucson 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Air bag light illuminated, cause is front passenger seat weight sensor, this means the entire seat must be replaced, I don't feel that with the mileage as low as it is, I should pay for this repair, why hasn't the government Agency (NHTSA) issued a recall on this very common occurrence? my mechanic told me he has replaced many (over 100). At great expense to the owners. Defective safety parts for a car like this, out of warranty because of age, not mileage, should be on the manufacturer.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #19

Jun 012012


  • 100,000 miles


After reading in the papers about 2006-200 sonatas having an issue with the air bag sensor inside the seat belt buckle, I believe it should also include the tuscan. I've had this issue for some time now and was told by the dealership that it was not covered under warranty. The air bag will not deploy in an event of an accident on the passenger side. This seems to be a sensor issue I am sure Hyundai is aware about.

- North Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #18

Jul 252014

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 68,757 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. Additionally, the vehicle would stall sporadically. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the entire passenger side air bag assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,757. Updated 9/4/14

- Diamond Springs, CA, USA

problem #17

Jan 062014


  • 95,000 miles
After reading about the Hyundai sonatas probe (2006 - 2008), I believe the probe should expand to include my 2006 Hyundai tuscon. Since January of 2014, my passenger seat indicator light ( on the dash board) has been on saying "passenger air bag off". even when someone is present in the seat and the seat belt is fastened. I took the car to my Hyundai dealer and they told me a sensor in the buckle has gone out and the air bag will not deploy if needed. They told me the replacement cost in $600, which I can not afford to have replaced. This leaves my family in danger if an accident should occur.

- Mt. Prospect, IL, USA

problem #16

Mar 162014

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
Driving in a winter storm and hit ice and then went through a wooden fence and the air bags did not go off. I hit my head and the seat belt left a bruise.

- Oneida, TN, USA

problem #15

Jan 012008

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


I bought my 2006 Hyundai Tucson when it was 1 yr old and had 25,000 miles on it. It is now March 2014 and the car is 7-8 yrs old and only has a total of 55,000 miles on it. It has only been driven gently and in good driving conditions and rarely a pothole has it hit. I don't remember the exact time things started, maybe a year after I bought it, but I had problems with my ESC light coming on and the tms coming on - they would go on and off randomly and I eventually got them fixed - I think those were under warranty, not sure. Back in early 2013 my air bag light came on. This really stressed me out - found money to borrow. I took it in and asked if there was a recall and they told me it had expired. I paid $1700 to have that fixed. I see recalls don't expire - do I have a case against them to get my money back" also, now my ESC light is starting to come on again. Some times 5 mins or so after starting the car and sometime upon turning on the headlights. I am so sick and tired of all these electrical problems on a vehicle that only has 55,000 miles on it. It is not cheap to fix regardless of the cars age, there is little miles on it. Do I have any recourse with these issues" I am on fixed income and cannot pay another dime towards fixing these repetitive warning198088 light issues. These cars are stealing from us, what should be working to begin with... thanks - hope you have good news for me. Especially about refunding the $1700. If I have to pay for the ESC it won't get fixed, it will only break again.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jul 302013


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated was driving 35 mph and crashed into the rear bumper of a preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the mouth and knee. The front passenger was thrown from the vehicle and through the front windshield, sustaining injuries to the eyes. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. The manufacturer was not notified of the air bag failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #13

Sep 042012

Tucson 4WD 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I was driving in traffic on a two lane road. I heard a load bang and my car began to speed up. I tried braking but I could not slow or stop the car. With traffic in front of me I pulled into the left lane not seeing any oncoming traffic. Then a car was coming in that lane so I threw the car into park and pulled up on emergency brake. Since it was raining, the rear end of the car came around and I got hit on the passenger side rear door. The car finally stopped against a fence with the engine still racing.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #12

Jul 282009


  • 32,875 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Tucson. The vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 06V445000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module) and was repaired. After the repair, the air bag warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the technician stated that the two front passenger side impact sensors would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 32,875.

- Wyandanch, NY, USA

problem #11

May 152011

Tucson 4-cyl

  • 30,616 miles
I was a passenger in a Hyundai Tucson involved in an accident on May 15, 2011. My car was hit on the passenger side at the front wheel well. The car was totalled as a result of this accident, yet none of the air bags deployed.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #10

Mar 152011

Tucson 4WD 6-cyl

  • 32,006 miles
I left my car parked in my driveway for five days. Good weather. Upon my return I started it up and the airbag safety light was on and remained on. I immediately contacted the dealer and set an appointment for the next morning at 7:30 am. After some friction about them wanting $85. To diagnose the problem (car under extended warranty), a defective driver side impact sensor was found and replaced at no charge. Unfortunately I failed to ask for the old part.

- Lee, MA, USA

problem #9

Jul 252010


  • 27,980 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Tucson. While starting the vehicle the air bag light came on and continued to stay on. The failure started on August 25,2010. The contact called the dealer and scheduled an appointment for Wednesday September 1. 2010. The approximate failure mileage was 27,980 and the current mileage was 28,000.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 212009


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Tucson. While turning into an intersection, another vehicle crashed into his rear driver-side door. None of the air bags deployed. One passenger suffered a broken rib, and others suffered bumps and bruises. The vehicle was not completely destroyed. The manufacturer has not been contacted. The failure mileage was 29,000.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #7

Nov 042009


  • 28,000 miles
I rear ended a pickup truck and my air bags did not deploy nor did my seatbelt re track causing head injury by hitting the windshield and jaw injury by hitting the steering wheel.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 102008

Tucson 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,412 miles
Driver of vehicle ran off the road, down an embankment, and into trees; vehicle was a total loss; front bumper of vehicle broken in two and separated from vehicle; neither front nor side airbags deployed; driver suffered fractured vertebra, foot and hand injuries, and numerous bruises and scrapes.

- Randleman, NC, USA

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