• Mar 21st 2011 at 8:01AM
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Hyundai has issued two airbag recalls that cover nearly 300,000 Elantra models. The first recall, which involves some 188,697 vehicles sold between 2007 to 2009, will fix a passenger airbag issue. According to The Detroit News, the Elantra's front passenger seat contains a sensor that measures the weight of the passenger, but in the case of the affected vehicles, the sensor may not properly detect the passenger's weight. In the event of a crash, the airbag can deploy even if a child is sitting in the front seat. Hyundai says that the sensors could be damaged by moisture, so the automaker is adding a protective sleeve around the device.

The second recall concerns 95,783 2007-2008 Elantra models and involves a sensor used in the two-stage deployment of the passenger-side airbag. Most newer airbag systems employ a dual-stage deployment, with a sensor detecting if the occupant is sitting too close to the bag. In the event of a crash only the low pressure stage will deploy. In the affected Elantra models, electronic noise may confuse the sensor, and during a crash the sensor will revert to its default mode, which will cause both stages of the airbag to deploy. To fix this issue, a Hyundai technician will reprogram the airbag control module.

Hyundai will issue a formal recall notice to customers by April 8. Customers will be directed to a Hyundai dealer for a free of charge repair. Customers who already paid to fix this issue after March, 2010 will also be reimbursed for their cost.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 4 Years Ago

      Wait for a major natural disaster and a War to break out, then announce a large safety recall...As a percentage of sales, this is large.

      Very clever Hyundai, you are so different and a refreshing change from all of the other large corporations...
      • 4 Years Ago
      They had the same recall on the previous generation. I had an 04 with the same recall
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai and Kia have been having serious safety related recalls lately. Failing door latches, brakes, airbags, steering...
      • 4 Years Ago
      No issue for drivers who don't have small children sitting in the front seat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember seeing one of those Elantra Tourings at Ikea a year ago or so. Probably the only one I've seen. I was scratching my head for a while wondering what it was until I got close enough to see the badging.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Interesting.....Autoblog just changed the picture to a standard Elantra instead of the Touring shown before. Does the recall not effect the Tourings?
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