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Hyundai recalls 2007-09 Santa Fe, 2012-13 Sonata due to problems with air bags

Consumer Reports News: July 30, 2012 11:53 AM

Hyundai is recalling two of its popular models, the Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle and Sonata sedan, for issues with their air-bag safety systems.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2007-2009 Santa Fe SUVs may contain faulty electronics that may not detect small front seat passengers and fail to deploy the air bags in a collision. Meanwhile 2012-2013 model year Hyundai Sonata sedans may have side air bags that suddenly deploy—even without a side-impact collision.

According to Hyundai, the front air bags will not deploy in the 2007-2009 Santa Fe SUVs due to an error in the Occupant Classification Systems' software. More than 199,000 of the Hyundai SUVs in the United States will be recalled by the company to correct this safety flaw.

The company will also recall approximately 22,500 of its 2012-13 Hyundai Sonata sedans after receiving 16 consumer complaints of sudden and unexpected side air-bag deployment. Hyundai blames a manufacturing defect for the recall of Hyundai Sonatas, which recently earned a Consumer Reports' rating of Recommended buys among sedans, and will replace the side air-bag systems free of charge.

For more information on either safety recall, consumers can call Hyundai's toll-free customer support line (800-633-5151) or visit NHTSA's website:

Insurance Institute of Highway Safety official crash test of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV

To see more tests performed by the IIHS, visit our crash-test video hub.

Recall: 2007-2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs - Front air bags    Campaign ID #: 12V354000 [NHTSA]
Recall: 2012-2013 Hyundai Sonata sedans - Side air bags    Campaign ID #: 12V352000 [NHTSA]

Paul Eng

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