South Korean car maker Hyundai has recalled 140 000 vehicles in the United States and Puerto Rico because of an airbag problem, as stated to documents lodged with US auto safety regulators.
Hyundai is recalling close by 138,000 Hyundai Tucson sport utility vehicles from the 2011-14 model years because the air bag on the driver’s side may not have been properly tied to the steering rack.
“During assembly, it is potential that the two bolts attaching the driver’s airbag module to the steering wheel assembly were not properly tightened,” the automaker wrote in its letter to the NHTSA.
“An improperly mounted driver’s air bag would result in injury in the consequence of a crash,” the report warned.
The car maker said it was recalling 137 500 vehicles in the United States and 3500 in Puerto Rico, from model years 2011 to 2014.
Hyundai narrated the recall as voluntary, but in one case a maker is aware of a safety problem, within five business days –inform the safety agency of its plan for a recall, or confront a civil fine.