Hyundai recalls 58,000 Elantra Touring models over side-airbag concernMon, 07 Jul 2014 18:04:00 EST
Hyundai is recalling 58,000 Elantra Touring wagons, after it was discovered that a metal support bracket in the headliner could become dislodged when the side-curtain airbag deploys. If this happens, occupants could suffer lacerations.
The affected models were built between December 15, 2009 and May 7, 2012 and cover model years 2010 to 2012. The problem itself was discovered in the follow-up into a 2013 recall of the Elantra Sedan, when a Touring model was found in a salvage yard with a detached headliner, despite using a different type of support than was recalled in the four-door model. No injuries have been associated with this recall.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin, the remedy for this recall is not unlike that used with the Elantra Sedan – adhesive strips will be applied to the headliner to prevent it from dislodging in the event of a crash.
Of the 58,000 vehicles affected in this recall, 35,000 are located in the United States, while the remaining 23,000 units were sold in Canada. Hyundai is set to begin free repairs by the middle of next month.
Scroll down for the official press release from NHTSA.
Report Receipt Date: JUN 10, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V310000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 35,000
Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor Company
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured December 15, 2009, through May 7, 2012. The affected vehicles have a support bracket attached to the headliner that may become displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment.
If the headliner support bracket makes contact with an occupant during a crash, it may cause a laceration injury.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-August 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 117.
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 Brandon Turkus
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