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Hyundai recalls close to 200,000 Santa Fe’s

Hyundai recalls close to 200,000 Santa Fe SUVs

Hyundai has recalled 199,118 Santa Fe SUVs in the United States because the front passenger airbag may not deploy in a crash situation.

Any Santa Fe SUVs from model years 2007 to 2009 that were made from April 2006 until July 7 2008 apparently have difficulty detecting ‘small-statured adults’ in the front passenger seat according to a filing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Hyundai has yet to give the NHTSA a schedule to notify customers, but the company has told regulators that the software on the Santa Fe does need to be updated. Hyundai has confirmed that customers won’t be charged for the update.

Hyundai is also recalling 22,513 Sonata sedans, also due to airbag safety issues. Sonata sedans from model years 2012-2013 that were made this year from January to June have a side airbag that may inflate without provocation.

The NHTSA say that side airbags in the Sonata “may inflate without deployment command and increase the risk of injury to occupants of the vehicle.” Hyundai will also replace the Sonata airbags entirely free of charge

It was only last week that the NHTSA was involved in a mass recall for another company. Ford has recently had to recall 484,600 Escape SUVs globally because of a pedal fault that may possibly be linked to the death of Arizona teenager, 17-year-old Saige Bloom.

The recalls for the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and Hyundai Sonata are expected to begin at the start of August. A spokesperson for Hyundai has said that it’s down to a single issue being present in the car, and that the company was aware that the airbag could possibly be deployed if there was no crash.

Author bio: This article was written by Craig White of, the UK’s leading online car brokers that can provide new car discounts for people looking for the best cars at the lowest prices in their area.

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