Improper Deployment of Drivers Air Bag May Cause Injury
Body, Interior & Misc., September 6, 2007
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Our Quick Take:
On certain vehicles the drivers air bag may not deploy correctly resulting in injury.
What Should You Do?
Hyundai will notify customers of affected vehicles beginning September 6, 2007. If you have not been contacted and think your vehicle falls under this recall. You should contact your local dealer. It is helpful to have your VIN Vehicle Identification Number ready when doing so.
On certain vehicles, static air bad deployment testing conducted by the NHTSA using female dummies showed that a small stature adult driver not wearing a seat belt and involved in a frontal or near frontal crash, the deployment of the driver air bag may not occur. This could lead to an increased chance of injury. The dealer will replace the air bag with an upgraded unit free of charge. The Hyundai recall # is 079
Manufacturer's Report Date:
September 6, 2007
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected:
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, STATIC AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT TESTING CONDUCTED BY NHTSA USING FIFTH PERCENTILE FEMALE DUMMIES INDICATED THAT A SMALL STATURE ADULT DRIVER NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT AND INVOLVED IN A FRONTAL OR NEAR FRONTAL CRASH, THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE DRIVER AIR BAG MAY NOT OCCUR.
THIS CAN CAUSE INCREASED RISK OF INJURY TO THE DRIVER UNDER CERTAIN CRASH CONDITIONS.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER AIR BAG MODULE WITH ONE THAT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN INCREASED MARGIN OF COMPLIANCE FOR LOW RISK DEPLOYMENT FOR SMALL STATURE ADULTS WHO ARE NOT PROPERLY WEARING THE SEAT BELTS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2007, AND WILL BE PERFORMED IN TWO MAILINGS. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI DE PUERTO RICO AT 1-800-981-0188.
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 079.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration