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Hyundai is recalling certain Sonata and Santa Fe models due to issues with the vehicles' airbags.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, certain 2012-2013 Sonata models may have been built with side-curtain airbags that may deploy inadvertently, potentially injuring occupants and greatly reducing driver visibility. Hyundai will replace those airbags free of charge.

Meanwhile, the airbag system in certain 2007-2009 Santa Fe crossovers may not detect smaller adults in the front seats, which means they could fail to deploy in a collision. Hyundai will update the software that controls the airbag system free of charge.

All told, the recalls cover 199,118 Santa Fe models and 22,512 Sonata units. While the Sonata campaign is expected to begin next month, Hyundai hasn't supplied NHTSA with a campaign schedule as of yet. You can view both recall notices below.
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Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
HYUNDAI / SANTA FE 2007-2009

Manufacturer: HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC Mfr's Report Date: JUL 24, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V354000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 199,118

Summary:
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2009 Santa Fe vehicles manufactured from April 19, 2006, through July 7, 2008. The occupant classification system (OCS) may need recalibration to accurately detect small statured adults.

Consequence:
Improper classification or detection may cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger.

Remedy:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the classification software free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

Notes:
Hyundai's recall campaign number is 105. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
HYUNDAI / SANTA FE 2007-2009

Manufacturer: HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC Mfr's Report Date: JUL 24, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V354000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 199,118

Summary:
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2009 Santa Fe vehicles manufactured from April 19, 2006, through July 7, 2008. The occupant classification system (OCS) may need recalibration to accurately detect small statured adults.

Consequence:
Improper classification or detection may cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger.

Remedy:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the classification software free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

Notes:
Hyundai's recall campaign number is 105. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
HYUNDAI / SONATA 2012-2013

Manufacturer: HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC Mfr's Report Date: JUL 24, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V352000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW

Potential Number of Units Affected: 22,512

Summary:
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Hyundai Sonata passenger cars, manufactured from January 24, 2012, through June 21, 2012. The curtain side airbags on these vehicles may inflate without deployment command due to an error during manufacturing.

Consequence:
The curtain airbag may inflate without deployment command and increase the risk of injury to occupants of the vehicle. Additionally, an unexpected deployment would be a significant driver distraction and would limit the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Hyundai dealers will notify owners, and dealers will replace the curtain side airbags free of charge. This recall is expected to begin during August 2012. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

Notes:
Hyundai's recall campaign number is 106. Customers may contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Vehicle Safety Administrations Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      mary.keana
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have they recalled the Elantras yet that have airbags that remove your ears?
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mary.keana
        did they recall the CRVs and ILXs where doors locks don't engage and people fall out of the car and get run over? Can you please be a sweetheart and check the status for me.
      xOceanLove14x
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW! I thought Hyundai was getting much better......I guess not. It's good to hear of all the problems other people are having. I was thinking of getting a Hyundai for my son when he graduates from high school next year. Not sure if that's going to happen anymore.
        Sergio Alvarado
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xOceanLove14x
        Then you should also eliminate GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, etc. etc. etc. Troll.
        Matrix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xOceanLove14x
        just don't buy him a car at all, get him a bicycle. There is no safe car out there today. every manufacturer has a bunch of recalls these days.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xOceanLove14x
        Everyone has recalls. That's absolutely moronic to think that all manufacturers don't.
      chosonnom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sure buying american will solve the problem. Chevrolet Sonic Recall: Missing Brake Pads January 1, 2012 About 4,296 year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles are being recalled because the front brake inner or outer pad may be missing on some units. A missing pad could impair braking performance and increase the risk of a crash.
        Willie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chosonnom
        Okay...you do realize we all can also post a recall too.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I absolutely love my 2009 Santa FE, its comfortable, rides well and never has a problem. The side passenger notification seems to work fine on mine, if I put heavy bag on it, the notiifcation works. If you are per chance thinking about purchasing a Hyundai, as always, do your homework. I owned an Elantra for 9 years before this, and loved that car. Never had an issue with it at all, and any warranty work was done with no hassles. If in fact mine is under this recall, I'll take it in and have it fixed, but only so it shows on my cars record. My dealer probably will also notify me in advance about his, as that is what they do. I know this is long, however worth me taking the time to write. All manufacturers have had their issues. Its all part of it. You just need to do what you feel is right and what feels right to you. As for myself, I'm anxiously awaiting the unveiling of the new Sante Fe soon. Can't wait to see what they've changed, and hoping for a hybrid!
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
        How many brownie points does your boss give for that diversion?
      Robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they can do the airbag recall on my 2012 Santa Fe with 3000 miles on it, while it's in the shop getting a new engine put in because it threw a rod with 3000 miles on it!
      Mario
      • 2 Years Ago
      No car manufacturer is perfect, recalls will happen no matter what brand of car you drive.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cannot believe that after 8 years, they are STILL recalling airbags. My 2004 Elantra was recalled for the pass. side airbag for the potential of it to deploy without reason. Do they realize how many airbag recalls they've had over the years?
      finzenchrome
      • 2 Years Ago
      To fix the problem, Hyundai will mount an ice pick to the side of the headrest to prick the air bag in case it deploys for no apparent reason. A loud popping sound means it's working. Just watch your head whenever you get in.
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 2 Years Ago
      buy a german. problem solved.
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good Job Hyundai, this really shows that you care about the consumers. Now do us all a favor and recall this car for its hideous looks. Thanks.
      toyotatrial
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a owner of 2012 Sonata and I can't believe that it's happened cuz my car is almost new and I coulnd't think
        • 2 Years Ago
        @toyotatrial
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      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hunday can solve this problem by locking the owners out of their cars...all they have to do is bring some of the Kia engineers over for some consultation
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