Hyundai Recall Santa Fe Sonata For Problems With Air Bags

Hyundai Motor has announced a recall for 200,000 Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans, model years 2007 to 2009, because of problems with their air bags.

Local dealers will reprogram the front passenger air bag sensors so they will accurately detect when a small adult is seated.

Hyundai said it received complaints from some adults under 130 pounds whose air bags didn’t deploy. No injuries have been reported. The air bags were originally programmed not to go off to protect children.

The company is also recalling 22,500 Sonata sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years because their side air bags could go off without warning, according to the Associated Press.

Hyundai said it has received 16 complaints about the Sonata’s air bags, but no injuries have been reported.

Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

The last Hyundai recall was when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found loose steering shafts on the Sonata. The recall was for 139,500 vehicles although no accidents were ever reported. According to an e-mailed statement, the recall is a precautionary and a voluntary initiative.

“It’s a recall of Hyundai’s flagship model in the flagship market,” said Kang Sang Min, a Seoul-based analyst at Hanwha Securities Co., according to a Bloomberg report. “A voluntary recall with no case of accident usually gives an impression that the company cares about safety.”

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