Hyundai Motor Co. said that they will be recalling 35,000 2010-12 Elantra Touring vehicles in the U.S. and 23,600 vehicles in Canada due to faulty support brackets for airbags. According to them, the support bracket of the airbag can come loose and the airbag can be unintentionally deployed causing injury.
According to the company’s spokesman Jim Trainor, there have been no injuries reported as of yet. However, Hyundai decided to recall the vehicles based on results from laboratory testing of the car models. The two vehicles use different types of brackets for holding the airbag to the headliner, but they are similar.
During an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they found one Elantra Touring car in a salvage yard with a dislodged metal bracket. Hyundai conducted an investigation and testing with the NHTSA and found that the support bracket indeed came loose.
The loose support bracket is a serious risk, as it can cause major injury during a side impact collision. In one investigation, the NHTSA found out that a driver was injured due to a part of the bracket that was dislodged during airbag deployment. The person sustained a laceration on the left ear.
Furthermore, they received warranty claims that say the headliner rattles. Reports say that the recall will start by mid-August.
In a statement, the company said, “Hyundai is voluntarily initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of vehicles and the continued satisfaction of its customers.”
To fix the problem, Hyundai dealers will be placing adhesive strips to keep the brackets in place. The adhesives will be available free of charge. Until the recall starts, people who drive a Hyundai Elantra can contact the company’s customer service hotline for assistance.
Hyundai isn't the only car company with airbag-related recalls. Just last month Honda recalled three million of its cars due to faulty airbags.
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