seat belt problem - tiburon

Discussion in 'Hyundai Coupe / Tiburon' started by Oliver, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. Oliver

    Oliver Guest

    hey, hyundaitech ..

    I never got around to saying thanks for the help on this issue (see at
    this link:
    ). I followed your advice and it worked. Thank you very much!

    It was a fairly simple two-hour job (probably fifteen minutes for a
    pro). I took the four seat-to-floor bolts out so I could have access
    to the whole seat, took off the low-right-side plastic shield, and
    pulled the wire around until I could see that INDEED the casing for
    that wire had been notched, and thus was short-circuiting from seat
    frame to car frame, thereby fooling the system into thinking the seat
    belt blade wasn't secured.

    The "cure" was to wrap tape around the wire where it was cut, and to
    put some more tape along the route of the wire as it passes next to the
    seat frame. This issue is the result of poor engineering on Hyundai's

    The fact that they wouldn't fix it for free, when I'm darn sure this
    was a recall issue on the 2001 model, means that I won't be a Hyundai
    customer when I replace the Tibby next year. Hyundai can thank Gurley
    Leep of Mishawaka, Indiana for this lost customer.

    As a side-note to others who, like me, are mechanically un-inclined,
    you'll want to use an F-clamp to keep the door switch depressed, and as
    hyundaitech alluded in his earlier post, the seat has to be connected
    to the car frame for the dinging to occur, so once you've found the
    short-circuit and fixed it, the seat "feet" have to be touching the
    bolt holes for testing.

    My lawyer demands that I add the following: yes, the seat does need to
    be bolted back on before any test-driving, and no, I take no
    responsibility for whatever success/failure/tragedy you may experience
    when working on your car. In other words, proceed at your own risk.
    Oliver, Jun 19, 2006
  2. Oliver

    hyundaitech Guest

    The only seat belt related recall for the 2001 Tiburon was for the belt not
    moving smoothly through the upper anchors.

    As I look, though, I see there was a recall on 2003 Tiburons produced
    through 3/15/02 for an issue at least similar to what you've described. I
    think I'd be a little miffed, too. I'm sorry your experience wasn't
    better. Hopefully, Hyundai sees posts like yours and gets the message.
    hyundaitech, Jun 19, 2006
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