Recalls: Hyundai and NHTSA recall 2012-2013 Azeras for an issue with the passenger airbag

Hyundai Motor Company and the National Highway Traffic Administration have issued a recall for 2012-2013 Azeras due to a fault with the supplemental restraint system, or SRS.

For models made in between May 22, 2012 through November 23, 2012, the problem lies within the occupant detection system, which may incorrectly detect whether the occupant is either an adult, a child, or a child restraint seat.

The result is that the airbag may not deploy properly in the event of a collision.

Hyundai will being notifying owners and dealers will be recalibrating the affected models for free.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

Report Receipt Date: JUN 25, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V264000

Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,200
Vehicle Model Year(s) Make Model: 2012-2013 HYUNDAI AZERA
Manufacturer: Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc

SUMMARY:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Azera vehicles manufactured May 22, 2012, through November 23, 2012. The occupant detection system may fail to properly differentiate whether the front passenger seat occupant is an adult, a child or a child restraint seat.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the occupant is incorrectly classified, in the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, the airbag may deploy with greater or lesser force than appropriate, resulting in an increased risk of injury.

REMEDY:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the airbag system. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Hyundai’s recall number is “Campaign 111.” Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-734-337-9499.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

- By: Chris Chin


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