The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of over 200,000 Hyundai crossovers – specifically, 178,685 Santa Fe and 26,548 Veracruz crossovers – all from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The problem? Airbags that may not deploy in the event of an accident.

According to NHTSA, the clock spring contact assembly for the driver's airbag may become damaged over time. NHTSA continues:

The driver's airbag electrical circuit will experience a high resistance condition, potentially causing the driver's airbag to not deploy.

Hyundai dealers will inspect and replace the faulty clock springs as necessary, with no cost to owners. The official recall is set to kick off later this month. Follow the jump for NHTSA's full statement.


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      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      caddy-v - I was not watching, and wouldn't watch anyway. Which means I have no idea what you're on about.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      alphaass
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh, just had the clockspring replaced last month on my '07 Santa Fe when the airbag light came on with 300 miles left on my warranty. Wonder if they'll have to replace it again with a revised design or if mine is good now. It has also had a few other issues (being able to take the key out of the dash while it is running being the most alarming one!) but I put up with it since it is pretty much the only midsize crossover/SUV with a V6/manual combination out there (in the US at least).
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alphaass
        You should be okay. One of my neighbors had a Santa Fe that was bulletproof reliable when he sold it with over 280,000 miles.
        MechE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alphaass
        Was one of the last midsized suvs with a manual and v6, right? I think even Hyundai did away with this option when they updated the engines
      dragonrage1191
      • 3 Years Ago
      what is up with this recall? I swear, its one of the most common I've seen of any automaker having is airbag deployment issues. Is it just tricky designing this or something?
        TBN27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dragonrage1191
        Sounds more like parts supplier issue
      MechE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Was one of the last midsized suvs with a manual and v6, right? I think even Hyundai did away with this option when they updated the engines.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MechE
        I am pretty sure it was. You can still get a manual on the Theta 2.4 in the Santa Fe and Sorento though.
        MechE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MechE
        Damn you commenting system.
      the sri lankan
      • 3 Years Ago
      is this where i say i told you so? Hyundai is junk so this recall comes naturally
        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @the sri lankan
        hyundai was junk, is junk and always will be junk.There'll be alot more to come,
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @the sri lankan
        LOL At least Hyundai recalls their vehicles and honors warranties unlike Chrysler and GM.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Alex
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        Dest
        • 3 Years Ago
        @the sri lankan
        I'm pretty sure Hyundai has less recalls and less recalled vehicles this year than most other automakers...
          TBN27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dest
          No actually. As all cars get more sophisticated, more likely something goes wrong. Now a days it is mostly glitches from software than mechanics. However when it becomes mechanics issue it doesn't matter anymore for all manufacturers have this problem whether it is improper assembly or miscalculated design. Overall it doesn't matter eho you go to, now it is take care of your ride and it will take cate of uou. problrm due to mechanical issues due
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is pretty serious.
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      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should replace the clock springs with something more reliable, like moustrap springs or maybe screen door springs.
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