Air Bag Warning Light May Illuminate
Body, Interior & Misc., March 5, 2010
RepairPal Expert Overview
Our Quick Take:
The air bag safety restraint system in the vehicle has a feature that deactivates the passenger side front air bag if it detects a child in the right front seat. This same feature has a programmed flaw, which erroneously illuminates the air bag warning light if a passenger over 240 pounds sits in the right front seat. When the air bag warning light is on, the air bag system is non-functional, which could result in more significant injuries in a crash.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a medium priority recall; this would change to high if the air bag light comes on. Please contact your Hyundai dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The air bag warning light may come on if an occupant over 240 pounds sits in the passenger seat. The air bag light being illuminated deactivates the air bag system. This could lead to serious injuries in an accident. Dealers will reprogram the PODS (Passenger Occupant Deactivation Switch) module. This recall began on February 15, 2010. The Hyundai recall number is 095.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
March 5, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 TUCSON VEHICLES. PROPERLY SEATED ADULT RIGHT FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS WEIGHING OVER APPROXIMATELY 240 POUNDS CAUSE THE PASSIVE OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM (PODS) MODULE PROGRAM TO ILLUMINATE THE "AIR BAG" WARNING LAMP.
IF "AIR BAG" WARNING LAMP IS ILLUMINATED, THE PASSENGER AIR BAG WILL DEPLOY IF A CRASH OF SUFFICIENT FORCE TO REQUIRE FRONT AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT IS EXPERIENCED, AND WILL NOT BE DEACTIVATED IF A CHILD IS SEATED IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEATING POSITION, WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY TO A CHILD FRONT PASSENGER.
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE PODS MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. HYUNDAI ANTICIPATES OWNERS NOTIFICATION BEGAN BY TELEPHONE ON FEBRUARY 15 2010 AND THE NOTIFICATION WAS MAILED ON MARCH 5, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
HYUNDAI RECALL NO.095.OWNERS 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