Airbag Issue Leads to Recall of Hyundai SUVs

Problems with certain vehicles seem to continue. Hyundai has just joined the list of vehicle makers who are currently recalling their cars. The South Korean automaker has announced the recall of no less than 140,000 cars in the United States and Puerto Rico. 

It seems that the problem traced in these vehicles is actually linked to airbag issues. Naturally, the recall documents have been filled by US auto safety regulators. Until now, apparently there were absolutely no accidents or incidents and injuries linked to this problem, at least this is what Hyundai claimed.

Hyundai also said that as soon as they found out about the problem in their cars, they announced the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This is a must in all cases, automakers having to official notify the administration immediately after finding certain issues in their cars, under the terms of the law. 

Reports indicate that the issue can be linked to the bolts that attack the driver’s airbag to the steering column in the Hyundai Tuscon compact sport utility vehicles. Hyundai claimed that this defect can lead to injuries in case an accident occurs. To avoid such situations, Hyundai decided to recall no less than 137,500 cars in the United States, as well as 3,500 in Puerto Rico. 

Reports reveal that Hyundai recalled car models from 2011 to 2014. So, the recall includes all Hyundai Tuscon SUVs made in the US and Puerto Rico between 2011 and 2014. The issue in the car models recalled at this point was first traced by Hyundai back in 2013. Now, Hyundai will ask all owners of the cars that might have the problem to get their vehicles checked. Naturally, the test will be made by Hyundai, on their expenses. 

The problems found in certain vehicles need to be addressed by automakers as fast as possible. Otherwise, impressive fines can be applied by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This was the case of General Motors, which received a record fine, of $35 million, for not recalling cars with ignition problem at the appropriate time. The automaker failed to repair this issue, which was linked to no less than 13 deaths. 

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