By Colin Bird on July 30, 2012
Hyundai is recalling 22,512 model-year 2012 and 2013 Sonata sedans because the side curtain airbags may inflate randomly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were manufactured from Jan. 24 through June 21, 2012. On these vehicles, there may have been a deficiency in the manufacturing of the inflator module, which is used to inflate the curtain airbag assembly in a crash. Under certain conditions, the inflator module may leak the gas stored within, causing the curtain airbag to inflate randomly.
A sudden deployment of the side curtain airbags could cause injury to the driver and passengers and could lead to a crash if the car is in motion. Sixteen customers have reported that their curtain airbags have deployed without warning; no accidents have been reported as a result of the defect, according to Hyundai
Hyundai will notify owners of the issue starting in August and repair the curtain side airbags free of charge.
Owners can call Hyundai for additional information at 800-633-5151 or call NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.