NHTSA looking into Hyundai Elantra after air bag slices driver’s ear in half

2012 Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra is to cars what Mike Tyson is to boxing – no really, we’re not kidding. The compact sedan is being investigated by U.S. regulators after a driver complained that a metal bracket from a side-door air bag cut his ear in half.

If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does find anything a total of 123,000 Elantras would be recalled from the 2012 model year.

“The driver’s side air bag deployed and metal bracket deployed with air bag from headliner area also sliced my ear in half…(it) could have been (my) neck,” the driver said in a complaint to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hyundai spokesman Miles Johnson the company “has no other reports of injury from side-curtain air bag deployment in 2012 Elantras.”

He also said that neither NHTSA nor Hyundai have been able yet to look at the car in question.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Reuters