Hyundai and Kia, (Kia is under the Japanese car giant’s umbrella), in conjunction with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) direction, announced the recall of vehicles due to airbag malfunction.
One of the recalls, for approximately 10,600 Kia Sorento 2007-8 SUVs, was almost two years in the making. NHTSA began its investigation by looking at passenger airbags that became deactivated with an adult sitting in the seat (as a safety feature, it’s supposed to deactivate when a child sits there). At first, Kia told NHTSA that the bag functioned correctly as long as occupants were seated properly in the chair. But after further agency pressure, including a review by a defection safety panel (somewhat uncommon unless a company is fighting a recall), the carmaker complied.
The second airbag recall was for 205,000 units of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Veracruz models from 2007 and 2008. In this instance, the carmaker stated that a spring part for the airbag apparatus may erode, which may stop the bag from releasing. According to the company, no injuries have been reported, but it has received almost 8,000 reports from consumers stating that the warning light went on.
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