Hyundai recalls 2012-2013 Azeras over airbag deployment

NHTSA claims occupant detection system may fail to correctly identify passenger seat occupant.


Hyundai Motor Co. (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Azera vehicles manufactured May 22, 2012, through Nov. 23, 2012. The occupant detection system may fail to properly differentiate whether the front passenger seat occupant is an adult, a child or a child restraint seat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If the occupant is incorrectly classified, in the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, the airbag may deploy with greater or lesser force than appropriate, resulting in an increased risk of injury.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the airbag system. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Hyundai's recall number is "Campaign 111." Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-734-337-9499.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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