2015 Hyundai Sonata: Airbag Non-Issue
January 2, 2015
We've all been in relationships where the slightest lapse in communication or feedback results in a spiral of worry, doubt, confusion and dread. Your day got busy and you forgot to call. You didn't return a text within the allotted 60 seconds. Some offhanded comment was reinterpreted through many layers of psychoanalysis and next thing you know, you're sitting down for "a talk."
In most cases, there's no need to jump to conclusions. Sometimes we just get preoccupied. So it is with our new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It flashed us an airbag light. Our younger, less-emotionally developed selves would have kicked in the gauge cluster and dislodged the side mirror with a Louisville Slugger.
These days, we just leave it with the dealer. We took our Sonata to Tuttle-Click Hyundai in Irvine in the morning. The Hyundai side is receiving a facelift, so we were directed around to the Chrysler service entrance. We were greeted by an exceptionally polite, helpful and talkative fellow who got us parked and connected with our service advisor, Anthony.
By mid-afternoon, Anthony called with the verdict: A front impact sensor had disconnected from its harness. The technician confirmed the sensor was working fine and that the fault was in the connection.
Tuttle-Click also updated our Sonata with the latest navigation update, checked our tire pressures and threw a little soap and water on it. We were back in the car by about 4:30 p.m.
Total cost: $0.
Total downtime: About six hours.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 552 miles