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Hyundai Elantra Recalled For Airbag Problem


2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan

2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan

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In an action from the major electrical-problem recall announced this week by the automaker, Hyundai is also recalling certain 2011 through 2013 Elantra compact cars for a problem with airbags.

An official safety recall notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at 186,254. Another estimated 3,875 are affected in Puerto Rico. Affected vehicles were built from November 12, 2010 through March 5, 2013.

2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Elantra

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The problem

At issue is a support bracket attached to the vehicle’s headliner that may become displaced during deployment of the side curtain airbag.

Should the headliner support bracket make contact with an occupant in the event of a crash, it may result in a laceration injury.

2012 Hyundai Elantra

2012 Hyundai Elantra

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What Hyundai will do

Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner. The service work will be performed at no charge.

This Hyundai recall, identified as #109, is expected to begin in May 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2011 through 2013 Hyundai Elantra compact cars with any questions or concerns may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V115000.

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