The calendar reads “summer” but it feels more like recall season. After a handful of recalls issued by a number of automakers, Hyundai is following suit. The Korean auto company says it will be notifying owners of 2007-2009 Santa Fes and 2012-2013 Sonatas that the airbags may malfunction.
Hyundai says the mechanism in the Santa Fe that detects the presence of a passenger may fail to detect lighter adults. If the car “thinks” no one’s sitting in the passenger seat, it might not deploy the passenger airbag in case of a collision. The side curtain airbags are the problem in the Sonata. Hyundai says there might have been a glitch in the manufacturing process that could cause the bags to inflate without warning under normal driving conditions.
You can wait for your recall notice or take the initiative and give Hyundai a call for more information. The number is 1-800-633-5151. Be sure to reference the recall number that pertains to your vehicle 105 (Santa Fe) or 106 (Sonata).