10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,958 miles

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problem #12

Mar 172010

Sonata

  • miles
Was in accident airbag did not deploy.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #11

Mar 172010

Sonata

  • 70,000 miles
Was in accident airbag did not deploy.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #10

Jul 062008

Sonata

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. While the vehicle was parked, the contact placed the gear into drive and the passenger side air bag deployed without warning. Two months prior to the deployment, a crash occurred and the air bags failed to deploy. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 71,000.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

problem #9

Mar 012007

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Airbag light was coming on and remaining on at certain times. Car was brought into Hyundai dealership in March 2007. We were informed that the airbag would not deploy in the event of an accident and was not covered since the warranty had expired. The vehicle had never been in an accident and the airbag had not ever deployed so it must have been defective from the beginning. The vehicle was brought into napleton Hyundai in West palm beach, fl in September of 2006 with the same airbag light problem and we were told by the service tech. That it was normal for the light to come on and there was nothing wrong with the airbag.

- Bargersville, IN, USA

problem #8

Jan 012005

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving air bags automatically deployed. There was no accident.

- Opa-Locka, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 032004

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
While driving, the air bag inadvertently deployed which caused the consumer to hit a parked vehicle and subsequently the vehicle rolled over. Provide further details. The vehicle was once service for the check engine light illuminating. Recall campaign: NHTSA campaign id number : 02V145000. On certain passenger vehicles, the supplemental restraint system (SRS) side impact air bag satellite sensors may be too sensitive to some lateral accelerations that are not caused by side impacts to the vehicle, such as forcefully slamming a door closed.

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 272004

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
We recentlty purchased a used but showroom condition Hyundai Sonata with somewhere around 29,000 miles on it from a dealership. After about three weeks my son had to leave it in a parking lot. The throttle/cruise control cable (even tho he did not have the cruise control on) was stuck. He thought the problem was fixed so hedrove the car a few more weeks and was on his way home when the same thing happened again only this time he ran into a utility pole. The car was damaged pretty baddly but thank the lord he was not. He could have been killed. The utility company is charging us about $4000 or more dollars for the work they had to do to the pole. I called Hyundai Consumer Affairs. The car is at a Hyundai dealership. Consumer Affairs is mailing me a form to fill out. I do not know if Hyundai is going to claim responsiblity or not. I feel that this problem needs to be researched to see if there have been any other problems with the throttle/cruise control sticking making it impossible to stop or causing any other problem. I hate to see someone die from this.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #5

Dec 012003

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
While driving 50 mph the vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, the dual airbags did not deploy, instead the airbag sensor light came on. The radiator had broken also.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 162003

Sonata

  • miles
While traveling on the highway air bag light will appear on the dashboard.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 122002

Sonata

  • miles
While driving at 40mph consumer's vehicle was hit on front left driver's side, andair bags did not deploy. Dealer notified.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #2

May 182002

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In a frontal collision none of the air bags deployed, casuing major injuries to driver and passenger.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 202002

Sonata

  • miles
While at a stop another driver hit passenger's side of consumer's vehicle at about 40 to 45 mph, and none of the airbags deployed. Dealer has been contacted.

- Downey, CA, USA