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Following at least one reported incident of a man who claimed his ear was sliced in half following the deployment of his side airbag, Hyundai has announced a recall for certain model year 2011 through 2013 Elantras; specifically those manufactured from November 12, 2010 through March 5, 2013. In these Elantra models, a support bracket that is attached to the car's headliner may become dislodged when the side curtain airbag deploys. If that should happen, occupants may be in danger of a laceration injury by way of the flying bracket.

Hyundai will notify owners of affected vehicles, while dealers will service the dangerous bracket by applying adhesive strips. (Feel free to insert your own duct tape joke here.) The service will be performed free of charge, starting in May of this year. Follow on to read the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice, below.
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Report Receipt Date: APR 01, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V115000
Component(s): AIR BAGS , STRUCTURE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 186,254

Details

Manufacturer: Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc

SUMMARY:
Hyundai Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Elantra vehicles manufactured from November 12, 2010, through March 05, 2013. A support bracket attached to the headliner may become displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the headliner support bracket makes contact with an occupant during a crash, it may cause a laceration injury.

REMEDY:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner, free of charge. A remedy is expected to be available in May 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 109.

NOTES:
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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      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crapdai is garbage, and don't let anyone tell you different. Poorly built, over-styled cheapmobiles.
        SpikeFiend
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        At least they're not having problems with the drive shaft breaking and then striking the airbag mechanism while moving, eh? http://www.autoblog.com/2013/04/10/chrysler-recalling-over-200k-vehicles-across-its-brands/ How about this: http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/ford/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/honda/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/jeep/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/bmw/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/audi/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/chrysler/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/nissan/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/buick/recalls/ http://www.autoblog.com/[insert your favorite brand here]/recalls/ Cars are complex pieces of equipment with numerous components, many of which are not fabricated directly from the automaker. To think that thousands of interconnecting pieces can be assembled together into a machine to be operated by the dumbest people around the world that can afford to misuse it, and not have any issues arise for the life of the machine is naive. But no, I'm sure you're right, ferget them dang ko-reee-uns.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SpikeFiend
          Dude, what are you doing? Facts aren't allowed here at Autoblog, only blind hate and confirmation bias!!!!
        Spies1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        LOL, Good to see Hyundai marketing guys here voting as usual.
      christopher.graves
      • 1 Year Ago
      I own one of these and they are anything but Junk. So it gets 1 MPG combined less than advertised. I have no problem meeting or exceeding the posted numbers. It only had to go in for one issue in 30K miles and that was because a weld on the heat shield for the CAT had failed and was rattling. Fixed under warranty without any questions Other than that it's a great car. At least they are recalling it for this rather minor issue. At least they are compensating people for the MPG "issues". Ford probably won't compensate anyone for any of their false claims have you seen the MPG numbers on their hybrids? not exactly stellar. The NHTSA probably didn't make them do this recall. It is probably voluntary on their behalf. how many of the BIG three or other companies will do that? But I guess hatters are gonna hate no matter what people say.
        wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @christopher.graves
        did you call me? http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100307183805/aliceinwonderland/images/d/d3/1951Hatter.jpg disclaimer: my wife has an '11 elantra and loves it.
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      When was the last time a Civic headliner was reported to have detached itself when the car was relatively new? For all you Hyundai lovers out there . . . WAKE UP AND SMELL THE FREAKIN' NESCAFE. The DQR is still not up to a level that it should be. Not convinced yet? LOOK AT ALL THE RECALLS. Unbelievable how people will defend something that is clearly inferior.
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought that the headliner falling out was standard equipment on a Hyundai?
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      You get what you pay for!
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      While they are recalling them, they can ship em all back to Korea.. and keep em.
        Jared J.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        You mean back to Alabama?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        [blocked]
      jjmoonen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, I'm going to feel much safer with that "Adhesive Strip" installed on my headliner. Its good for a chuckle, i will give them that.
      campyeac
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully they are filling the gas tanks as part of the recall
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      When Hyundai's CEO said "we are like Audi" this is what he meant. It will be really sad if Hyundai takes the same downward spiral as CrapWagen.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        so true
          FIDTRO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mbukukanyau
          Is it? When did Audi lie about MPGs, avoid necessary seatbelt recalls, cut off people's ears, an steal styling from other manufacturers? Your response, if you make one, should be stunning.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      It always comes down to tape, doesn't it...
      finzenchrome
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOoooo problem, Hyundai! Just market it as the \"Van Gogh effect\" to go with your \"fluidic sculpture\". That should attract the suicidal artiste types who like P-ing in the snow to carve out sculptures!
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW should do this with every E36, E34
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