According to CNET, the defect lies with the Sonatas’ airbag control modules. The modules can short-circuit, preventing deployment and stopping seatbelt pretentioners from activating. Affected Sonatas are from the YF-generation and includes early production model-year vehicles built between Dec. 11, 2009 and Sept. 29, 2010.
Hyundai is currently aware of four incidents involving the defect; however, they did not reveal if these incidents involved crashes or injuries.
A repair has not yet been developed, but documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says a recall program will commence in April. The defect will be repaired at no cost to owners.
Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 576 people were killed in automobile crashes where a front airbag did not deploy between 2001 and 2006. Of these victims, 360 would have benefited from frontal airbag protection.
Over the past decade, there have been multiple widespread recalls on vehicles containing defective and dangerous airbags.
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