Safety features like airbags are supposed to keep us safe in the event of a collision. But one driver allegedly met with a nasty surprise when an airbag in his car reportedly sliced his ear in half.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the incident occurred on April 7 when an unnamed owner of a 2012 Hyundai Elantra was in a crash. Apparently the side curtain airbag on the driver's side rapidly inflated (like it's supposed to) but took with it a metal bracket (which it's not). The result was a severe laceration to the driver's ear in an automotive reenactment of Holyfield-Tyson II.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is apparently looking into the event, but has yet to issue a recall. Hyundai for its part insists the incident was isolated, and that it has not received reports of anything similar happening to any other drivers.


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      markman767
      • 2 Years Ago
      What? I'm sorry I cannot hear you?
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buy an Elantra.Get a free ear amputation device.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's what you get for trusting a korean car to keep you safe.
        ahjotah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        As opposed to what? http://www.autoblog.com/2011/12/02/honda-expands-airbag-recall-again-still-searching-for-640-airba/
        anonymous guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Any car can be unsafe under the right (or wrong) circumstance.
      GamaGoat
      • 2 Years Ago
      I smell boiled dog... oh, Obama is having lunch.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GamaGoat
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        Mike Oxmall
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GamaGoat
        you disappoint me.
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe some of the lackadaisical comments about this. If it was Toyota (or worse, GM) everyone would be saying how crappy their cars are...
      Jin Guan
      • 2 Years Ago
      You get what you paid for my friend. But now you could claim some good money from hyundai. :D
      Spies1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if Hyundai will fight the NHTSA on this like Hyundai is on replacing the recalled Sonata seat belts?
        Murad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spies1
        Don't forget the steering system failures. My parents were in a single car crash because of it in a rented 2011 Sonata.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd hate to be the guy this happened to, but doesn't it count that he's alive? Are we all so priviledged that it's expected that everything works perfectly, every time?
      blubird
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another paste bait to bash Hyundai entirely, disregarding all the recent improvements they've shown because they never wanted to point to the problem but just want to be haters. Meanwhile, Hyundai better get their hands on and recall every affected vehicles as needed.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blubird
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          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          Awwww, isn't that cute? ____I____'s 10 year old son trolling Hyundais alongside his dad!
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          What I meant by the joke is that TY trolls Hyundai pages live ____I____, but his posts lack maturity. I just used that to imply that TY was invisibleblog's son. Forgive me. Bad joke.
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      Slay0r
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai's going to get an earful
      Jason Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not indicative of anything else going on, it's a freak occurance or we'd have heard of more than one incident. That guy is lucky to not be hurt worse. He should get a check from hyundai though, to set things right and keep this a minor issue.
        • 2 Years Ago
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