Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt.
Korean automaker Hyundai announced the recall of almost 200,000 Santa Fe SUVs and more than 20,000 Sonata sedans for unrelated airbag issues. The Hyundai recall applies to Santa Fe SUVs, model years 2007 through 2009, and Sonatas, model years 2012 and 2013. Consumers are urged to return their vehicles to Hyundai dealers to have these defects addressed.
For the Santa Fe model, the airbag issue relates to the occupant sensor in the front seat. Airbags can be dangerous for small children and the sensor is supposed to detect when a small child is sitting in the passenger seat as opposed to an adult. When the sensor detects a small child, it should turn off the airbag. On the other hand, the airbag will be deployed if the detector senses that an adult is sitting there. Hyundai says it dealers will recalibrate the sensor to better distinguish between children and small adults.
For the Sonata, Hyundai says that there is an issue with the side airbag and that it may inflate unnecessarily. Hyundai says this defect is due to a manufacturing error and that dealers will resolve the issue.
The Hyundai recalls are just the latest in a busy month of automobile recalls during July. Honda and Ford both recently issued recalls of their own.
If you have been injured by a defective automobile, you may want to contact a product liability attorney as an experienced attorney can help you recover damages and review the options available to you.