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2012-07-30 11:40

HYUNDAI RECALLS VEHICLES: The manufacturer has recalled 220 000 cars because of issues with their airbags.

Hyundai has said it will issue to recalls for as many as 220 000 vehicles in the United States due to airbag issues, according to the Detroit News.

It is unclear at the moment whether these recalls will involve vehicles sold in South Africa.

The automaker said it would recall 199 118 Santa Fe SUV’s, specifically 2007-09 models, to make sure their bags are capable of deploying if a small person is in the passenger seat, as current sensors prevent this.


A computer software update is seen as part of a proposed settlement of a class-action case, the DetNews reported. The update is consistent with a change Hyundai made during production in July 2008. Due to a low complaint rate, the manufacturer found there was no reason to conduct a recall of older vehicles at that time.

Hyundai is also recalling 22 512 Sonata cars, 2012-13 models. There side-curtain airbags, which were improperly deploying, will be replaced.


The curtain bag assembly for the Sonata uses stored helium as an inflator. The tank's cap is welded to one end of the module. According to the DetNews report, the supplier says the cap can crack, allowing helium to flow into and inflate the curtain airbag. The automaker began the investigation after a report of an airbag deployment in April in an unoccupied vehicle.

In total, Hyundai said it was aware of 16 incidents of bags deploying improperly. There were no injuries.

Hyundai will notify owners in August.

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