Hyundai has just announced a recall for the 2006-2008 Santa Fe crossovers and for the Sonata, because of a problem with the vehicles’ airbags.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 199, 118 units of the Hyundai Santa Fe and 22,512 units of the Sonata sedans will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the problem with the airbags fixed. The NHTSA is saying that the front passenger airbags on the Hyundai Santa Fe models can put small-bodied people at risk and sensors for the side airbags in the Sonata sedans need to be reprogrammed because they may inflate without receiving a signal, which will increase the risk of injury.
“The occupant classifications system (OCS) may need recalibration to accurately detect small statured adults”, as the NHTSA is saying in its official press release.
The NHTSA and the South Korean based automaker didn’t say anything about possible injuries or crashes related to the problem in the Santa Fe crossovers and in the Sonata sedans. The Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs which will have to be taken back to the dealers have been made between April 19, 2006 and July 7, 2008, and the Sonata sedans have been manufactured from January 24 to June 21, 2012.