really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,571 miles

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problem #7

Feb 232018


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. While the vehicle was stationary, the driver's seat belt would not unlatch in a timely manner. It took the contact three minutes or more to get out of the driver's seat due to the faulty seat belt. A dealer and the manufacturer were not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #6

May 012017


  • miles
Front passenger side seatbelt lock is sticking. Very hard to buckle belt into place.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #5

Oct 012015


  • miles
While driiving with the seat belt fastened....the seat belt light goes off and when the brake is applied...it doesnt always stop....or catch the light goes off whether the seat belt is fastened or not. Tlow beam head light on drivers side goes on and off at times...had checked and the reply was it might be an electrical issue.

- Jenkintown, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 032015


  • 121,000 miles
Hyundai Sonata 2009 red warning light for passenger seal belt stays lit even if no ones setting there or only a purse, or no one setting ther. So I have to put seal belt into lock even when no one setting there. So I have to fasten seat belt all the time. When driving car all the time have to keep it fastened. Also window electric switch on driver side most times doesn't function properly. Then deal sold me it a few months ago. I opened door cover to see if it was a switch problem & there was 2/12 inches of dried dirt in bottom of door panel. Dealer large one in san antonio, tx, at used lot say it is normal. I seem to think it might have been flooded in water he say no way it normal. Sure jokes on me now purchased as is dummy me, in limbo in tx. Car paint is starting to chip as well with deep open scratches weird every wash seems to make it worse looking.

- Marble Falls, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 032014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Air bag light on the display has come up and it won't go away. Took the vehicle to dealer and I was told that there is spring in the steering wheel worth $450 need to be replaced. Also I have been asked to replace passenger seat belt buckle assembly costing more than $350, to correct the airbag light. I read that an investigation is going on for 2008 Hyundai Sonata for the mentioned seat belt buckle. Please conduct an investigation into the mentioned air bag issue to find out if this is a widespread issue with the model and get the manufacturer to bear the cost.

- Aldie, VA, USA

problem #2

May 302012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that he was rear ended, which caused him to crash into the vehicle in front of his. The front driver's seat belt did not retain the contact and he hit his head on the window support pillar. The contact also suffered from whiplash and a concussion. The police appeared on the scene and the vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were 41,000. Updated 8/23/12 updated 09/05/12

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 212009


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 20 mph, the contact was involved in a crash in which she rear ended another vehicle. None of the air bags deployed. The front driver seat belt also did not tighten during the crash. A police report was filed. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had not been examined for the cause of failure of the non-deployment and the seat belt. Approximately 14 months later, she was involved in another crash in which she was rear ended and the air bags did not deploy. The driver side seat belt again did not tighten during the crash. A police report was filed. The contact was injured. She was taken by ambulance to be treated for serious injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. It was not examined for the cause of failure and was not repaired. The failure mileage was 37,000 and the current mileage was 47,000.

- Mason, MI, USA