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Hyundai Recalls 155,000 Sonatas Over Airbag Defect

Hyundai has announced a recall for 154,753 of its 2011 Sonata sedans due to an airbag issue that could cause front and side airbags to fail to deploy in the event of a collision.

Details of the Hyundai Sonata Recall

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.

Common Injuries Caused by Airbag Failures

Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Death

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.

Other Large Airbag Recalls

Over the past decade, there have been multiple widespread recalls on vehicles containing defective and dangerous airbags.

  • Takata Corp. (2013 – present) — Eleven deaths have been attributed to airbags manufactured by Takata, which are present in 42 million vehicles across 19 different brands
  • Fiat Chrysler (2016) — Several deaths and injuries were linked to a software defect, causing airbag deployment and seatbelt failure
  • GM Chevy Cruze (2014) — Thousands of vehicles were recalled due to a manufacturing flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in an accident
  • GM SUV (2014) — More than one million GM SUVs were recalled after faulty wiring could keep side airbags from deploying in the event of a collision

Contact an Experienced Airbag Defect Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

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