Hyundai recalls 200,000 2007-2009 Santa Fe, 22,500 2012-2013 Hyundai Sonata over air bag problem

By on Jul 29, 2012 in Automobile, United States Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. announced a voluntary recall today, Sunday, July 29, 2012, affecting nearly 200,000 units of Santa Fe vehicles with model years from 2007 to 2009, and more than 22,500 Hyundai Sonata cars with model years from 2012 to 2013. Both vehicles have air bag related problems.

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According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its official website that day, this Hyundai recall involves around 199,118 2007-2009 Santa Fe vehicles that were manufactured from April 19, 2006, through July 7, 2008; with potential problem on their front passenger airbag devices.

As noted in the report, the Occupant Classification System (OCS) of these vehicles may need recalibration so that they can detect small-built adults accurately, and that the front passenger airbag will deploy properly in case of a crash; thus reducing the risk of injury of the front passenger.

Meanwhile, Hyundai is also recalling around 22,512 2012-2013 Hyundai Sonata cars, which were manufactured from January 24, 2012, through June 21, 2012, noting that their curtain side airbags may inflate without deployment command due to an error during manufacturing.

Given this situation, Hyundai added that there could also be an unexpected deployment of these curtain side airbags that could cause significant distraction to the driver and would limit his or her visibility while driving, in which both cases increases the risk of a crash.

For the Hyundai Santa Fe recall, the car company said they will notify owners, and dealers will update the classification software free of charge, but did not mention a specific date of notification. For the Hyundai Sonata recall, owners will be notified within next month and dealers will replace the curtain side airbags, also for free.

For more information on both recalls, Hyundai is inviting all affected owners to contact their office at 1-800-633-5151, or call NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit

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