Hyundai has announced yet another recall campaign. This time around Hyundai is recalling more than 220,000 Santa Fe and Sonata sedans for a potential airbag flaw. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [United States of America], the recall campaign will witness close to 200,000 SUV's from the 2007-2009 model years.
The diagnosis claim that the Santa Fe SUV front passenger airbags may not deploy, in the event of a crash. The study is reporting that the possible problem could be with their occupant classification system. The occupant classification system gauges the size of the passenger and based on the results the airbag is deployed. The Federal Safety Agency [United States of America] was heard stating that the occupant classification system may need to be re-calibrated, to detect small statured adults.
With regards to the Sonata sedan, the company is recalling 22,000 sedans from the 2012-2013 model years. According to administration reports, the Sonata sedan's curtain airbags may inflate for no apparent reason. Is this a manufacturing flaw by Hyundai?
Whether or not its a manufacturing flaw, this is an interesting recall by Hyundai. One of the biggest concerns especially when it comes to India is that, our country does not have an official recall policy. Have you recently purchased a Sonata sedan? Lets keep in mind, the Sonata sedan and Santa Fe SUV enters India via a completely built unit route. We expect the 2012 Sonata sedans in India also to have similar issues. Will Hyundai India take any action? We urge you to have a word with your Hyundai Dealer with regards to your Sonata (curtain side airbags) or Santa fe (classification software).