Hyundai has issued a recall for 2007 and 2008 models of the Santa Fe and Veracruz. At issue is a flaw in the vehicles' airbag systems, which could prevent the safety devices from deploying during a collision.
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem lies within the clockspring assembly on the driver's side, which helps fire the driver's-side airbag. Over time, the assembly may cause a buildup of resistance in the electrical circuits, which might keep the driver's-side airbag from deploying in the event of a crash. That's bad.
The problem affects Santa Fes built between April 19, 2006 and March 20, 2008, as well as Veracruz models manufactured from December 26, 2006 through March 21, 2008. In all, some 205,233 vehicles are subject to recall.
Hyundai will send notice of the recall to owners later this month. At that time, Hyundai dealers will replace the affected clockspring assemblies free of charge.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles, we encourage you to call your dealer, or ring Hyundai at 800-633-5151 and reference recall #103. Owners can also call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and reference recall campaign 11V472000.
[NHTSA via Family Car Guide]