Hyundai Tiburon 2003 - Seat belts



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Hyundai Tiburon 2003 recalls
CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
SEAT BELTS - FRONT - BUCKLE ASSEMBLY
03V290000HYUNDAI CARIBBEAN-PUERTO RICO to 04/14/2002V (Vehicle)3609/23/2003MFRHYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY08/05/200308/14/2003
Defect SummaryOn certain sport utility vehicles, the driver seat belt buckle wiring could be damaged by interference with the driver seat cushion height adjuster mechanism. damaged driver seat belt buckle wiring could cause the seat belt warning lamp or the supplemental restraint system (srs) air bag wiring lamp to illuminate. it could also cause the air bag fuse (cavity number 5) to open, preventing air bag deployment. damaged driver seat belt buckle wiring could cause the seat belt warning lamp or the supplemental restraint system (srs) air bag wiring lamp to illuminate. it could also cause the air bag fuse (cavity number 5) to open, preventing air bag deployment.
Consequence SummaryNondeployment of an srs air bag in a crash where air bag deployment is warranted could increase the risk or severity of injury in a crash.
Corrective SummaryDealers will install a new driver seat belt buckle, if necessary, and will place a protective cover over the driver seat belt buckle wiring to prevent damage from occurring. owner notification began september 23, 2003. owners should contact hyundai of puerto rico at 1-899-981-0188.
NotesCustomers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration
02V290000HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANYfrom 08/10/2001 to 03/14/2002V (Vehicle)738203/24/2003MFRHYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY11/05/200211/18/2002
Defect SummaryOn certain passenger vehicles, the driver seat belt buckle wiring could be damaged by interference with the driver seat cushion height adjuster mechanism.
Consequence SummaryDamaged driver seat belt buckle wiring could cause the seat belt warning lamp or the supplemental restraint system (srs) air bag wiring lamp to illuminate. it could also cause the air bag fuse (cavity number 5) to open, preventing air bag deployment. nondeployment of an srs air bag in a crash where air bag deployment is warranted could increase the risk or severity of injury in a crash.
Corrective SummaryDealers will install a new driver seat belt buckle, if necessary, and will place a protective cover over the driver seat belt buckle wiring to prevent damage from occurring. owner notification began on march 24, 2003. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
NotesHyundai recall no. 056. customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
Hyundai Tiburon 2003 Consumer Complaints
Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
SEAT BELTS
05/01/201294000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. the contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated upon starting the vehicle. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. the contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly). the manufacturer was also notified and offered no assistance. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 94,000. kmj
05/01/201294000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. the contact stated that the air bag light illuminated upon starting the vehicle. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. the contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly). the manufacturer was also notified and offered no assistance. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 94,000. sm.
05/01/201294000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. the contact stated that the air bag light illuminated upon starting the vehicle. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. the contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly). the manufacturer was also notified and offered no assistance. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 94,000. sm.
05/01/201294000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. the contact stated that the air bag light illuminated upon starting the vehicle. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. the contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly). the manufacturer was also notified and offered no assistance. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 94,000. sm.
03/23/201152726
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundia tiburon gt. while the contact started the ignition, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. the warning light remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. the failure would recur whenever the engine was in operation. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. there were two recalls related to the defect under nhtsa campaign id numbers 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly); and 03v321000 (air bags:frontal. the vin was not included in either of the recalls even though the contact expericed the identical failure as mentioned in both recalls. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 52,726. js
03/23/201152726
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundia tiburon gt. while the contact started the ignition, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. the warning light remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. the failure would recur whenever the engine was in operation. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. there were two recalls related to the defect under nhtsa campaign id numbers 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly); and 03v321000 (air bags:frontal. the vin was not included in either of the recalls even though the contact expericed the identical failure as mentioned in both recalls. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 52,726. js
03/23/201152726
 Tl-the contact owns a 2003 hyundia tiburon gt. while the contact started the ignition, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. the warning light remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. the failure would recur whenever the engine was in operation. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. there were two recalls related to the defect under nhtsa campaign id numbers 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly); and 03v321000 (air bags:frontal. the vin was not included in either of the recalls even though the contact expericed the identical failure as mentioned in both recalls. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 52,726. js
01/02/200965488
 I co-own this car with my daughter. the air bag light came on and would not go off. we found out about safety recall 02v290000 which specified that on 2003 tiburons the driver seat belt buckle could be damaged by the height adjuster mechanism, resulting in failure of the air bag or the permanent lighting of the air bag light with failure to deploy on impact. the dealer refused to fix it because hyundai claims the problem was fixed by march 2003 and will not agree to fix cars manufactured afterward. hyundai protection plan refused to cover repair because they say this is part of the cars restraint system excluded by the warranty. paid to have it fixed jan 2009. problem has now reoccured in sept 2010 and dealer says i will have to pay to repair again because parts and service are only covered for 12 months. meanwhile, my daughter is driving a potentially unsafe car.
01/02/200965488
 I co-own this car with my daughter. the air bag light came on and would not go off. we found out about safety recall 02v290000 which specified that on 2003 tiburons the driver seat belt buckle could be damaged by the height adjuster mechanism, resulting in failure of the air bag or the permanent lighting of the air bag light with failure to deploy on impact. the dealer refused to fix it because hyundai claims the problem was fixed by march 2003 and will not agree to fix cars manufactured afterward. hyundai protection plan refused to cover repair because they say this is part of the cars restraint system excluded by the warranty. paid to have it fixed jan 2009. problem has now reoccured in sept 2010 and dealer says i will have to pay to repair again because parts and service are only covered for 12 months. meanwhile, my daughter is driving a potentially unsafe car.
01/02/200965488
 I co-own this car with my daughter. the air bag light came on and would not go off. we found out about safety recall 02v290000 which specified that on 2003 tiburons the driver seat belt buckle could be damaged by the height adjuster mechanism, resulting in failure of the air bag or the permanent lighting of the air bag light with failure to deploy on impact. the dealer refused to fix it because hyundai claims the problem was fixed by march 2003 and will not agree to fix cars manufactured afterward. hyundai protection plan refused to cover repair because they say this is part of the cars restraint system excluded by the warranty. paid to have it fixed jan 2009. problem has now reoccured in sept 2010 and dealer says i will have to pay to repair again because parts and service are only covered for 12 months. meanwhile, my daughter is driving a potentially unsafe car.
01/02/200965488
 I co-own this car with my daughter. the air bag light came on and would not go off. we found out about safety recall 02v290000 which specified that on 2003 tiburons the driver seat belt buckle could be damaged by the height adjuster mechanism, resulting in failure of the air bag or the permanent lighting of the air bag light with failure to deploy on impact. the dealer refused to fix it because hyundai claims the problem was fixed by march 2003 and will not agree to fix cars manufactured afterward. hyundai protection plan refused to cover repair because they say this is part of the cars restraint system excluded by the warranty. paid to have it fixed jan 2009. problem has now reoccured in sept 2010 and dealer says i will have to pay to repair again because parts and service are only covered for 12 months. meanwhile, my daughter is driving a potentially unsafe car.
05/09/200964811
 In may 2009 my airbag warning light came on. i took it into the dealer and was told that the sensor in the driver's seat belt buckle was defective. they replaced the unit and said it was not covered under a warranty. i was doing research and found that hyundai had issued a recall for the same problem under campaign number 02v290000. my vehicle was manufactured on oct 1, 2002 which was outside the recall dates but the same problem happened.
05/09/200964811
 In may 2009 my airbag warning light came on. i took it into the dealer and was told that the sensor in the driver's seat belt buckle was defective. they replaced the unit and said it was not covered under a warranty. i was doing research and found that hyundai had issued a recall for the same problem under campaign number 02v290000. my vehicle was manufactured on oct 1, 2002 which was outside the recall dates but the same problem happened.
05/09/200964811
 In may 2009 my airbag warning light came on. i took it into the dealer and was told that the sensor in the driver's seat belt buckle was defective. they replaced the unit and said it was not covered under a warranty. i was doing research and found that hyundai had issued a recall for the same problem under campaign number 02v290000. my vehicle was manufactured on oct 1, 2002 which was outside the recall dates but the same problem happened.
05/09/200964811
 In may 2009 my airbag warning light came on. i took it into the dealer and was told that the sensor in the driver's seat belt buckle was defective. they replaced the unit and said it was not covered under a warranty. i was doing research and found that hyundai had issued a recall for the same problem under campaign number 02v290000. my vehicle was manufactured on oct 1, 2002 which was outside the recall dates but the same problem happened.
04/22/2010850001
 Recall id# 4217 and id# 74501 for a 2003 hyundai tiburon deal with the drivers seat belt buckle wiring causing the air bag light to illuminate. my air bag light keeps on turning on, even after my local mechanic checked the air bag and reset the light and turned it off. i finally had a hyundai dealership check into it and they found that it is caused by the problem described in these recalls, however my vin does not fall into the category that these two recalls are for. this recall must be expanded to more 2003 hyundai tiburons as it is a known problem and i should not have to pay to have air bags that work correctly. *tr
11/29/200975000102/02/2002
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. while driving at approximately 10 mph, the seat belt light illuminated accompanied by the sound made when the seat belt was not locked in. the contact tried to stop the sound by wiggling the seat belt attachment. once the ringing stopped, the air bag light illuminated and stayed on. the vehicle was taken to a repair shop where a seat belt wiring kit was installed. the failure mileage was approximately 75,000. the current mileage was approximately 78,000. updated 6/3/10 *cn the consumer stated the seat belt was dinging while driving even when the seat belts were in use. when the seat belt was moved a little, the dinging stopped. however, the air bag light illuminated and it never went off. periodically, the seat belt would continue to ding while driving and buckled up. it would not stop until the consumer moved the seat belt piece by the center console around. the consumer was informed the air bag light illuminated due to faulty seat belt wiring. updated 06/11/10.*jb
11/15/200879000
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. the air bag indicator is illuminated and will not dim. the driver's side seat belt buckle wiring is preventing the air bag from deploying in the event of a crash. nhtsa campaign id number 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly) was referenced. the dealer and manufacturer stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle. the failure mileage was 79,000.
07/27/200863950206/05/2003
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. the contact stated that the air bag light remains illuminated. she took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the seat belt buckle assembly failed. the part for the repair was ordered. the manufacturer stated that her vin was not included in nhtsa campaign id number 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly). the failure mileage was 63,950 and current mileage was 64,010. updated 10/16/08. *lj updated 10/20/08. *jb
08/01/2007600001
 My air bag light has currently been on for almost a year now at first if i wiggled the seat belt latch it would go off but now it stays on. when i contact the dealership they say that my car is not affected by the seatbelt recall. they want to charge me all this money for something that should be covered by the recall. *tr
08/20/200785500103/01/2004
 Airbag light is on, i think this is due to seat belt buckle wiring issue, since light was going on and off for few days (and when i was moving seat belt buckle it was disappearing) i did research tiburon forums and i see that most people experiencing same issue had their seat belt buckle replaced and light reset and that was it. problem with me is that i'm out of warranty. i have called hyundai affairs and reported this issue and they told me that hyundai dealter may and most probably charge me for inspection and fixing issue, since there was no recall on my car. i'm afraid that air bag will not deploy during accident and i think hyundai should pay for fixing it since this is not isolated issue. many other hyundai have same issue. *tr
SEAT BELTS - FRONT - BUCKLE ASSEMBLY
08/05/200980532
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon . he stated that the air bag light came on which also indicated that the seat belt buckle was not making contact. a mechanic confirmed that nhtsa campaign id number: 02v290000 component: seat belts: front:buckle assembly is related to the failure as well as the wiring harness. the dealer also confirmed that they are aware of failures related to this year make and model vehicle; however, the vin is not a part of the recall. the dealer also advised the contact that they can repair the vehicle for $1,000. the failure mileage was 80532 and the current mileage was 80753.
03/14/200965000103/01/2008
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. the contact stated that the air bag warning indicator remains illuminated in the vehicle. he took his vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the driver's seat belt buckle wiring caused the air bag wiring lamp to illuminate. the failure could also cause the air bag fuse to open and prevent air bag deployment. the vehicle was not included in nhtsa campaign id number 02v29000 (component: seat belts:front:buckle assembly). the contact would have to pay $300 for the repair. the manufacturer agreed with the dealer. the contact stated that he just purchased the vehicle five days prior to the failure. the failure mileage was 65,000. 4/01/09 *nj updated 04/06/09. *jb
07/27/200863950206/05/2003
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. the contact stated that the air bag light remains illuminated. she took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the seat belt buckle assembly failed. the part for the repair was ordered. the manufacturer stated that her vin was not included in nhtsa campaign id number 02v290000 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly). the failure mileage was 63,950 and current mileage was 64,010. updated 10/16/08. *lj updated 10/20/08. *jb
07/01/200790000105/22/2002
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 hyundai tiburon. the air bag light remains illuminated. the dealer stated that the failure was not covered under warranty, and the repair would be the contacts responsibility. she was informed that the failure was due to the front seat belt buckle assembly, and her vin was not included in nhtsa campaign id number 03v321000 (air bags:frontal). the vin, purchase date, and engine size were unknown. the current mileage was 97,000 and failure mileage was 90,000. updated 4/23/08 *cn updated 04/23/08 *tr
02/07/20081
 I co-own this car with my daughter. the air bag light came on and would not go off. this caused her to fail inspection in virginia. we found out about safety recall 02v290000 which specified that on 2003 tiburons the driver seat belt buckle could be damaged by the height adjuster mechanism, resulting in failure of the air bag or the permanent lighting of the air bag light with failure to deploy on impact. the dealer refused to fix it because hyundai claims the problem was fixed by march 2003 and will not agree to fix cars manufactured afterward. my daughter's car was produced in may 2003, making the window between eligibility and non-eligibility only 32 days from march 31 to may 1. we have spent hours trying to get this problem fixed. hyundai cannot explain why, if the problem was fixed as of march 2003, there are cars suffering from the exact same problem and manufactured less than two months later. i am still working to get them to underwrite repairs. meanwhile, my daughter is driving a potentially unsafe car, we've spent hours going to dealerships to get them to look at it and arguing on the phone with hyundai and its dealers, and we have both lost a lot of time from work and suffered great aggravation. *tr
10/01/200670000101/01/2003
 Dt*: the contact stated the driver seat belt and airbag lights illuminated. when the seat was repositioned, the seat belt light went out, but the airbag light remained illuminated. the vehicle was not included in recall #02v290000, regarding seatbelts:front:buckle assembly due to the vin. the service dealer determined the seat belt buckle needed to be replaced to fix the issue.
09/15/200668000102/14/2006
 Dt*: the contact stated the airbag light illuminated constantly. the vehicle was taken to a service dealer who determined there was a short in the seat belt assembly. there was a nhtsa recall# 03v290000 pertaining to the seat belt buckle assembly. the vehicle was not included in the recall due to the vin.
38001
 Consumer complained about a seat belt problem. the seat belts did not lock. *ak
06/21/20031080105/14/2003
 Consumer stated that while driving at 45 mph an accident occurred while trying to avoid a collision with a stalled vehicle in the highway. while avoiding the stalled vehicle consumer rolled into a ditch and rolled over several times. consumer's seatbelt came undone, and the air bag did not deploy. after the accident something under the hood started smoking, and within ten minutes the entire car was consumed by the fire.*ak