Hyundai Recalls More Than 220,000 Vehicles Over Airbag Issues

Hyundai announced Saturday it intends to recall totaling 220,000 vehicles because of problems with their air bags.

Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans will be recalled covering airbag issue. Photo: Andrew Kiet Tran/Flickr

The number of the Santa Fe to recall will reach about 200,000 vehicles in the 2007 to 2009 model years. The company’s dealers will update the front passenger air bag sensors so they will accurately detect when a small adult is seated.

Sensors in Hyundai cars do not deploy the airbag when a small person is sitting in certain positions in order to prevent injuries, explains The Detroit News.

The software update is consistent with a change Hyundai made during production in July 2008.

The Korean company claimed the software update was made there was no reason to conduct a recall on older vehicles because of the low complaint rate. In past three years, the automaker has received less than 2 complaints per month.

Hyundai Motor Co is forced to recall vehicles as it received complaints from some adults under 130 pounds whose air bags didn’t deploy.

The list of vehicles to recall includes 22,500 Sonata sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years as their side air bags could go off without warning.

Hyundai announced that it has received 16 complaints about the Sonata’s air bags, but no injuries have been reported.

The news comes alongside with reports that Honda is recalling more than 321,000 cars as the doors will not close.

According to the company, 7,300 2013 Acura ILX small luxury cars will be recalled as well as about 314,000 2012 CR-V small SUVs. In the U.S., 166,600 CR-Vs and more than 6,200 ILXs will be included in the Honda recall, Inquisitr writes.

The Japan automaker explained that “manual door locks are used at the same time as the inside driver or passenger door handles, the inner door latch may not work, which may cause a door may not to latch.”

As a result, the door could also latch and open when the locks are used. However, no crashes or injuries have been reported.

This week also saw the news that one more vehicle producer is forced to recall nearly half a million models.

The Ford Motor Company has to recall Escape model compact SUVs amid concerns over a potentially deadly problem with sticking accelerator pedals.

The move affects 2001 to 2004 models that have 3-liter, V-6 engines with cruise control or approximately 484,600 vehicles.

The news came after the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found out the accelerator’s speed control cables could become stuck on an engine cover when the pedal is almost fully depressed.

Last month 17 year-old Saige Bloom was reported to be killed when loosing control pg his 2002 Ford Escape. Ford’s recall cites the accident in January of this year and the investigation of her car in June, writes ABC15.

Saige’s father Ryan Bloom welcomed the news that the company announced a recall on the car his daughter drove to her death just months ago.

“I felt like some justice had been done,” he said. “I don’t think anybody should have to go through what we went through that day.”

He continued: “I don’t think any parent, mother, grandmother should have to ever sit in that waiting room and wait for the doctor to come out and say your daughter doesn’t have a fighting chance.”

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