Hyundai Motor America is recalling more than 8,000 recently-built vehicles after discovering bolts damaging their side airbags, potentially endangering occupants.
The Fountain Valley, California-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Oct. 11, 2018 they will recall 8,204 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV vehicles built between May 24 and Aug. 20, 2018.
The affected vehicles, built in Hyundai’s Montgomery, Alabama plant, contain side curtain airbags with mounting bolts that can interfere with the airbag’s deployment. The bolts can damage the airbag during deployment, compromising their inflation and increasing crash injury risk.
Hyundai stated in its recall chronology engineers discovered a torn side curtain airbag during a European crash test. Initial analysis found bolts used to install the airbag could have damaged the airbag when it deployed. Hyundai officials searched past crash test records and didn’t find previous instances of airbags tearing during deployment. Engineers replicated the condition during internal crash testing on Sept. 3, 2018, confirming the mountain bolts caused the tearing.
Hyundai’s Technical Committee met on Oct. 2, 2018 and decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall.
Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will install a protective cover over the SCAB installation bolts for free. The recall will begin Nov. 30, 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 177. Concerned Hyundai owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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