• Jan 7, 2010

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall campaign directed at certain model year 2006 through 2009 Hyundai Azera sedans. All affected Azera models were manufactured between September 27, 2005, and October 1, 2008 - in total, 65,226 vehicles are subject to the recall action. The Azera was previously dinged by NHTSA last April as part of a multi-line recall over faulty taillamps.

According to NHTSA, the wiring harness for the front right seat belt tension sensor may become damaged after repeated use over time. If the sensor wiring is broken, the airbag will not deploy in the event of a serious crash or collision – understandably putting the seat occupant at risk of injury. Hyundai will notify owners, inspect vehicles, and make repairs free of charge under the terms of the recall that is scheduled to officially begin next month. In the meantime, owners may contact Hyundai Customer Service at 1-800-633-5151, contact the NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov. Press release after the jump.

[Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]

PRESS RELEASE


Vehicle Make / Model: HYUNDAI / AZERA

Model Year(s): 2006-2009
Manufacturer: HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 16, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V497000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SEAT BELTS:FRONT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 65226

Summary:

HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 THROUGH 2009 AZERA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 27, 2005, THROUGH OCTOBER 1, 2008. THE WIRING HARNESS FOR THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT BELT TENSION SENSOR MAY SUSTAIN DAMAGE AFTER REPEATED USE OF THE SEAT BELT. IF THE SEAT BELT TENSION SENSOR WIRING BECOMES DAMAGED THE AIR BAG WILL NOT DEPLOY IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH NECESSITATING FRONT AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT.

Consequence:

THE SEAT OCCUPANT IS AT AN INCREASED RISK OF INJURY SHOULD THE AIR BAG NOT DEPLOY AS INTENDED.

Remedy:

HYUNDAI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.

Notes:

HYUNDAI'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 094. 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 .


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  • 15 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      Luis, I hope your employer Toyota appreciates your loyalty to them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OH NOES!1!! cue the recall brigade camping over at Toyota's headquarters... get your torches and pitchforks and head on over to Hyundai-country.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, they are Toyota haters, they won't say anything bad about Hyundai.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's because Hyundai doesn't kill people and hide it.Nor do they have slave labor and nor do they pump the US full of cars while their home country is protected from American imports by way of import caps and taxes... Oh snap, okay the last one is true for Hyundai too but the first two are just Toyotas....

        Toyota.... "Moving Forward...... even when you slam on the brakes".... ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ooh! The bigger they are the harder they fall! Hyunduh better watch what it wishes for!
      Muahaha.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Luis, you do not nothing, man! It is the faulty ECU that gets the pedal stuck ... that is the reason ....
        :) :) :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      still having difficulty believing that 65,000+ people actually bought this fugly thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks better than a Taurus. ANY Taurus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The reality is, when production numbers and ways to cut cost both go up, so will the number of defects and recalls.
      Case in point...
      Toyota production numbers were low in the 1980's= Higher quality.
      Toyota production numbers soared in the last two years= Quality fell.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Come ON AB! The Azera was never recalled for taillamp problems. It was recalled for a faulty BRAKE LIGHT switch. Taillights are what come on with the parking lights; brake lights, well, with the brake. Surely you folks know the difference.

      As for this recall, there was never any investigation opened on it, indicating as Wobbly said that Hyundai reported this and initiated the recall on their own without prompting from the Feds. I counted all the complaints received for MY '06 and there were 11 that I could find relating to an air bag warning light.

      By the way, if you're bored go read any of the complaints for any make or model. Once you read some of the blithering idiocy that's contained in many of the reports, you'll see why many lead nowhere. One driver tried to blame hitting a deer on Azera headlights that he claims only illuminate 20 ft. Yet when CR just tested the Azera, they said the same as in '06: good reach and intensity, though with a sharp cutoff. I don't think CR rated lights that just shine 20 ft. good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Driving with just the fogs on?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like how they waited till 10' before they issued the recall
        • 5 Years Ago
        How they waited till 10 feet to recall?
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