By Jennifer Geiger on July 30, 2012
Hyundai is recalling 199,118 model-year 2007-09 versions of the Santa Fe midsize SUV because of a problem with the occupant classification sensor, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were built from April 19, 2006, through July 7, 2008. (You can check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.) The front passenger seat’s occupant classification system needs to be recalibrated to detect smaller adults. Improper classification could cause the airbag not to deploy in an accident. This could lead to an increased risk of injury.
Hyundai will notify owners soon, and dealers will update the software free of charge. Owners can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer