Report: Hyundai Elantra faces pair of airbag recalls

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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