2012-2013 Hyundai Azera Recalled For Airbag Sensor Glitch

July 2, 2013

Hyundai is recalling certain 2012 and 2013 model-year Azera sedans to fix a problem with the front passenger airbag sensor.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall in the United States at 5,200. Affected vehicles were built from May 22, 2012 through November 23, 2012.

2012 Hyundai Azera

2012 Hyundai Azera

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The problem

Describing the problem, the NHTSA bulletin says that “the occupant detection system may fail to properly differentiate whether the front seat occupant is an adult, a child, or a child restraint seat.”

As a result, in a crash the airbag may either not deactivate or may deploy at a lower speed than necessary.

In Hyundai documentation (PDF) to the NHTSA , the automaker said that “a change in the fabric material  on the sensor mat…could impact the sensor’s ability to properly classify an occupant.”

Although there were several warranty claims of instances where the airbag warning light was illuminated indicating a wet seat, no accidents or injuries have been reported for this issue.

2012 Hyundai Azera

2012 Hyundai Azera

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What Hyundai will do

Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will recalibrate or repair the airbag sensors. The service will be performed at no charge.

Hyundai has not yet provided an owner notification schedule, but said that it expects to begin notifying owners in the third quarter.

In the meantime, owners of 2012 and 2013 Hyundai Azera sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Hyundai at 1-734-337-9499. Reference the Hyundai campaign No. 111.

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. 13V264000.

 

 

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