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Air Bag Light On Problems of Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 283 problems related to air bag light on (under the air bag category).

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 08/20/2014

The air bag light came on so I took the car into the dealer for a diagnosis ($75). They told me there are two issues - the OCS which is already under recall so no charge and the other is the driver side seat belt issue reported by many others here. I was told that this $300+ repair is necessary for the airbag system to work properly. Clearly this should be a recall item or at least repaired at no charge if it occurs. Also, the dealer wouldn't even credit me for the diagnostic fee even though one of the issues is a recall and the other is going to be repaired by the dealer.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 08/13/2014

Air bag light on. This is a continuing issue with this vehicle. This is a safety issue and I feel it should be repaired not at my expense. Contacted dealer and also contacted Hyundai customer assistance center. I was told that there was a previous recall but the vehicle is out of warranty it has to be repaired again at my expense. I feel that this being a safety issue, Hyundai should take care of their customers.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 08/09/2014

Air bag light came on. Had the vehicle sent in to dealership last year for the same problem. Car is in great condition do not know why the light keeps coming up. A recall needs to be initiated to fix the problem once and for all. This could be a potential danger for my kids.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 08/07/2014

Two weeks ago my air bag light came on. Brought the vehicle into the dealer this morning and they tell me that I need a new passenger seatbelt buckle. Failure to replace this incredibly expensive part would result in the failure of the airbags to deploy in the event of a crash. Also, the state I live in would not allow the vehicle to pass inspection with this light being on. So I can not wait for a recall, I have to replace this part now. Seeing as how many others have reported this problem and it directly relates to the safety of the vehicle I do not understand why this seatbelt buckle has not yet been recalled.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2005 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 07/28/2014

Your probe into the Hyundai Sonata airbag issue should be expanded to earlier models as we have a 2005 and what you are initially explaining affects our vehicle also. We have had the airbag light reset a few times by the dealer (zimbrik Hyundai in madison, WI). They initially stated that it was just a wire under the seat that needed to be reattached. They'd do that and turn off the airbag light, it'd be ok for a few months, then the light would come back on. They eventually stated they wanted to repack the airbag for thousands of dollars, seemed somewhat like a scam, so we no longer go it fixed and have been driving with the airbag light on.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 07/26/2014

While I was driving a couple days ago my air bag light came on. It has stayed on for 3 days now. I called Hyundai customer service and they stated that the seat belt issue is under investigation. I was informed that since this has not been recalled, I must pay $100 for a diagnostic check and then hundreds of more dollars to get it fixed with no guarantee that it will be reimbursed. This is ridiculous that I must pay for a known safety issue to be fixed because a government agency is so slow moving in forcing a recall. This is a known issue that puts lives at risk. This needs to be recalled immediately and those of us that have paid for it be reimbursed.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 07/24/2014

Airbag light remains lit, suspected it had to do with passenger airbag recall. Dealer says not, that it is the passenger seat belt pretensioner and that in an accident the seat belt system would not work if not fixed and wants to charge $485 to do so. This is a safety issue and needs to be added to the recall because, based on the number of complaints I see, this is obviously a parts failure. Since the driver's side gets used far more often than the passenger, it is hasn't failed as a result of use.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 07/23/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the air bag indicator would illuminate each time the vehicle was started. The dealer stated that the front seat belt receivers needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 90,400.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 07/14/2014

Over the course of a few days, the driver's air bag light started to be lit continuously while an occupant was in the seat. Initially, the light would come on and then go out after a few moments. However, after approximately a week of the on/off, the light then remained lit anytime the car was on. A few weeks later, the esc off light began to light up while driving the car. The light would come on while the car was in motion and would not shut off/turn esc on unless the car was stopped, turned off, and then back on. The issue has appeared sporadically, usually when associated with a turn. It has happened approximately 10 times thus far.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag indicator failed to illuminate when the seat was occupied. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08v161000 (air bag). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

We had the passenger seat re-calibrated due to lit airbag light sometime last year under the previous recall - we were not notified by Hyundai at all and instead, were told by the dealer when we took the car in that it was a recall item, which we found unconscionable on the manufacturer's part. We could not afford an airbag repair and drove the car for over a year, and found out later that the defect would render the entire system nonfunctional. The airbag light is lit again - the dealer told us not to put anything on the passenger seat besides a person so as not to trigger "something". When I inquired again about the lit airbag light, the dealer told me "it could be the seat belt" and quoted a price well over $100. It is clear the dealer, capital city Hyundai in tallahassee, florida is already aware of the problem, and therefore, so is Hyundai. Now I see that this is an emerging problem through an edmund's article dated July 25, 2014 - please compel Hyundai to act on this defect as soon as possible. My college aged son and teen daughter use the car and I worry constantly about their safety. Consumers should not have to pay for a defect involving safety at all - I paid for the car once!!.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

Same problem as others have described, passenger side air bag light came on then I noticed the flashing air bag light on the dash (I had a piece of paper in front of it). I'm going by my dealer today but I don't expect any good news. It's unbelievable to me a safety item like this isn't covered warranty/recall. If as others have said, I assure you this is my first & last Hyundai.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 06/05/2014

I just recently bought the car from a dealer on June 5, 2014. I noticed that the driver airbag light was on and asked the dealer about it and he stated it was an easy fix. However after two visit to the dealer the problem has not been fixed. I also notice that when we are driving and I am sitting in the passenger seat the passenger air bag light is going off and on sometimes it turns off for over an hour. I am very concerned about this.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 05/10/2014

The airbag light turned on during a 200 mile road trip, where there was no accident or any kind of incident. The airbags in this vehicle were never deployed. The airbag light is now always on. I just saw the notice from NHTSA on this issue and decided to file a complaint.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 04/24/2014

Second time air bag light . . First time right side at 72000 mi. . Nor 840000 right side repair 300. 00 plus not cover by any saftey recall . Light stays on air bags disables. .

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2004 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 04/23/2014

The air bag light came on and will not go out. Afraid to call dealer since repair could cost close to $500. 00.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

Air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the passenger front seat belt buckle needed to be replaced.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

My air bag light came on and has stayed on consistently. Our mechanic read the code and it is the passenger side seat beat buckle. I have been told by Hyundai that their warranties only cover seat belts and air bags for 5 years or 60,000 miles. I cannot believe they advertise as "America's best warranty. " I know this affects whether the air bags would function properly in an accident, so I urge you to please force them to recall this item and repair and/or replace it for anyone affected for free. Fyi, I did have this problem with a Honda accord in the past and Honda did not even question repairing it-it is warranted for the lifetime of the car. I will certainly never buy another Hyundai again and will encourage anyone I know not to buy one either. Again, please force Hyundai to correct this problem with a recall. Thank you for your time and investigation.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 03/13/2014

Air bag light illuminated and will not go off. For a few weeks, anytime the drivers seat was adjusted, it would trigger the air bag light on the dash but once the seat was moved, it would go off. Now to the point, it will not shut off the air bag light. Similar thing happened last summer, took to dealer and had to pay to have system cleared as Hyundai is the only one with the proper tool to "scrub the air bag memory". My concern, is will the air bags go off in the event of an accident? why should I have to go back to the dealer to pay to have error cleared if no misuse on my end? it appears by reading this site that many Hyundai owners have experienced similar issues so perhaps this is a recall?.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 01/15/2014

My spouse reported to me that the airbag for drivers side came on and stayed on. Two days ago, I took the car to work (readjusting the seat) and the light was not on. I had read about this issue in online forums for my make and year and this problem and there was mention that if you move the seat forward and back that you can get the light to turn off. Well, I tried that and unfortunately for me the light came on and has stayed on. We previously had the vehicle for the passenger side airbag recall and had that taken care of. I took the car to our dealer to find out if they had similar occurrences and was surprised by my service adviser's attitude. He appeared guarded and was very unlike him. I usually get all my service done there. It seems to me that I was not the first one with this problem. He told me that first I'd have to get a diagnosis ($79+ tax), then any repairs ( anywhere from $300 to 1500. ) would be my responsibility as the vehicle is out of warranty. I also asked if the airbag light is on, does the airbag not work and was told yes. I just went to NHTSA today and looked in the complaint section for this vehicle and found numerous people with the same issue. Requiring airbags in vehicles is a federal law requirement, so why then if these systems fail without any owners negligence, are the manufacturers not required to see that they get repaired? what triggers a recall? after talking with one of your representatives, a short time ago, I asked that question and she said that NHTSA can't force a manufacturer for just anything. I said, "someone whose airbag doesn't deploy in a crash and dies might trigger a recall?" the representative replied, "those are you words, mot mine".

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 12/25/2013

Hyundai had recall for airbag light. I took it in for the recall November 2013 and they supposedly fixed the problem. Less than a month later-December 25, 2013 my air bag light went back on. Took it back to dealer who said it's not the airbag problem, but seat belt-code b1706 for passenger seat belt-said the seatbelt needed to be replaced. Asked if this was covered as part of their recall as it seems to be safety issue? I was told no-I was responsible to replace it-approximately $250. 00. Airbag light is now off-seems like it is working, but tech said they did not guarantee the airbag would deploy if in an accident! I told him it should be a safety issue then and they should be responsible for this. He said no--my problem. I have grandchildren who ride in my car sometimes and I have no choice but to fix it, but again-it seems to be related to the air bag recall since it triggers that light and they will not guarantee the airbag will deploy if in an accident--I feel Hyundai should be responsible for this. If people do not fix this and have an accident, there could be a loss of lives due to this problem. I feel Hyundai should be responsible-seems to be a large defect from what I see on line-lots of problems with airbags/seat belts.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2004 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 12/10/2013

Air bag light illuminated, called the dealer to ask about a recall they said none were issued, however it needed to get looked at because there could be a defect. And the possiblity that the air bags could deploy on their own at any time or not deploy at all in an accident. The cost to have this problem looked at would be around $125. 00 which would be subtracted from the cost of the repair if you chose to get it fixed by the dealer the total cost could run at least $500. 00 I was wondering if there has been any other complaints regarding this problem.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 11/22/2013

The red air bag light is on steady since about 22 November and does not go out. We had this same issue in may 2010 and it was the driver side seat belt buckle sensor costing about $350. Looking at this issue on the internet it appears this is a known and very common malfunction. As such it should be something the company pays or reimburses consumers for in a recall for these issues.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 10/30/2013

I called to bring my car in (Saturday) to glendale Hyundai for a recall but nobody pickled up so I left a message. After nobody called after a many hours later I called back. I was told to drop in on a weekday. On Monday the employee and manager did not fix my car because I refused to pay for a diagnostic fee. A recall in my opinion should be free. I called customer service that day and was given a case number. I made an appointment for 4:45 pm with Hyundai customer service to go to the glendale Hyundai. On my arrival the employee refused to check my car because he said they don't fix cars at 4:45. I arrived early, about thirty minutes early, but he said it was too late. The Hyundai customer service has a history of making appointments that don't match up with the Hyundai dealer hours. I called customer service to make an appointment and they told me there should be no diagnosis fee. When the appointment was made they took back their claim. They said I must pay a diagnosis fee for a recall. My car is a salvage title car in good condition but has the air bag light on. I have no choice but to not fix a recall for the car. I don't feel it is correct to pay a diagnosis fee for a recall incident. I will no longer be shopping for Hyundai or kia products in the future. They wasted my time and want to charge me for a recall.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 10/24/2013

While driving on a busy street it felt like my gas pedal was not responding then without warning it suddenly lurched forward enough to screech my front tires. I do not have a floor mat on the driver's side. Thank god no one was in front of me, surely there would have been an accident. I have also had the air bag light on since the car was new. During Hyundai new car service one of the service men noticed and mentioned it, but did nothing to correct the problem and today I got a recall on the air bag system stating I missed the 1st recall. My front passenger seat belt light goes on and off sometimes it is on when someone is in the seat buckled up and sometimes it is on when no one is sitting in the seat. I am taking my car in to Hyundai for the recall I am going to mention the lurching and let them know about all these complaints! I believe they are ultimately responsible for these problems!!.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 26
Failure Date: 10/10/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact received NHTSA campaign recall number 08v161000 (air bag). The dealer and the manufacturer informed the contact the recall closed on September 20th. The air bag light was illuminated and could malfunction during a crash. The failure mileage was 70,000.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 27
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

2006 Sonata GLS very well maintained (for life of vehicle) by top notch local dealer + no accident history - reports driver side seat belt buckle err code, airbag light on/airbag system not activated. Dealer attempted oc3 test-passenger seat voluntary recall issue - could not complete test-buckle error. Replaced buckle assy: same code + light. Dash opened, console removed, driver seat removed: airbag system harness inspection, reseat connections - new code appears: drivers belt retractor assy. Replaced belt retractor assy. No code! and airbag system still not working/airbag light indicator on. Dealer advised this expensive problem is well-known to 06, 07 Sonata owners: sole viable solution=replace air bag system wiring harness. Ordered part # on harness - wrong harness delivered (connectors in wrong location on harness/don't meet up with car connectors. Ordered again, same result (dealership noted - these harnesses arrive with bag torn open (not first mechanic to order it for same problem and outcome) local Hyundai territory engineer (troubleshooter for large problems) asked to visit for discussions - right part # / wrong part. Solution = I've dealt with this 3x recently and in this area - order this part #. Guess what, new part is $750 / double old part cost. New harness reaches into back seat area as well and causes double the labor costs >$1,000. $1k already invested in parts and labor plus facing another $2k in harness parts & labor. Dealer can't provide any guarantee this will solve it short term let alone long term - contacted Hyundai USA for financial assistance - denied due to out of warranty + 2nd owner/not original (how convenient for them) as mentioned, 3x '06 Sonata owners in this territory recently experienced identical issues and after getting tough with Hyundai USA, received buy-backs of their cars. Try to guess my next move.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata 28
Failure Date: 09/30/2013

I have been having ongoing problems with the front passenger seat belt, since I first noticed that the air bag light was on constantly. This started in Sep. 2013, when the mileage was 82000. The scan test found code b1706 (buckle assembly open short). I went to the dealer (autonation Hyundai mall of georgia) and I was told the buckle had to be replaced (aprox $280), and it was not covered under the warranty. I told the service rep. That I couldn't afford the repairs at that time, so refused to have the buckle replaced. I don't see what replacing the buckles would do, if there is an open short that is causing them to shorten out. Hyundai currently has a recall for airbag light (issue with the passenger air bag being DE-activated). I took my car in to the dealership for the recall today, and they are going to ship the front passenger cushion seat to California to fixed the problem for free. However the issue with the front passenger seat buckle assembly is still not being covered. After reading all the complaints from owners of the 2007 Hyundai Sonata, for the same issue, how can there not be safety recall regarding this issue? there is no guarantee the airbags will deploy in an accident while this problem exists. Does someone have to be seriously injured or killed before action is taken? many thanks for your help!.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 29
Failure Date: 07/12/2013

Purchased Sonata 2006 in sept 2012 at 16,400 miles . At approximately 25,000 miles, the air bag sensor light came on. The passenger occupancy sensor and seat belt indicator flashes on and off,. But not at the same time. Either one or the other flash . If I lock the passenger seat belt, the sensors seems to work , but it doesn't last long . Have. Been reading about safety recalls. How can I find out which vehicles are affected. Present 32,567. Miles.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 30
Failure Date: 07/06/2013

The air bag light came on for no reason, the car has never been in an accident. I only have 38000 miles on the car.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 31
Failure Date: 05/29/2013

Dash air bag light came on and stays on. This is a very common complaint concerning the 2006 Sonata (see safercar. Gov database). In my case, the dealer says the passenger seat needs replacing at a cost of over $2000. I note in the above data base that there seems to be a wide variety of causes for air bag failure. These problems occur so often in the 2006 Sonata, and create such a dangerous situation that NHTSA should require Hyundai to do a recall and fix these air bag problems for good. I just wonder how many people have been injured or killed because of these defective air bags.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 32
Failure Date: 05/15/2013

Air bag light came on and stayed on after adjusting driver's seat. Brought vehicle to dealership and was informed that driver's side seat belt buckle was defective even though no problems with operating seatbelt - repair cost $380. Read numerous reports about passenger side air bag recall - had checked out - no problem with passenger side. Read numerous complaints about Sonatas from various years having air bag problems because of defective seat belt buckles. Repairs were made on many but light came back on. Seems like this should be a recall issue because of so many complaints.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata 33
Failure Date: 05/01/2013

The passenger air bag light continues to flash when there is no one in the seat. Took to the dealer and they said it is suppose to flash when first start up the car, but I let them know that it on the entire time I am driving. The dealer said they could not duplicate the issue. I took video of it so I can show them. It is on multiple days in a roll with nothing in the seat. I want to make sure it will work correctly when I do have someone sit in the seat.

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