By Matt Schmitz on April 3, 2013
Hyundai is recalling 186,254 model-year 2011-13 Elantra sedans due to a problem with the air bags that could cause an injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected sedans were manufactured from Nov. 12, 2010, through March 5, 2013. A support bracket attached to the headliner could become displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment. If the headliner support bracket makes contact with an occupant during a crash, it could cut them.
In a statement to Cars.com, the automaker said it was aware of one minor injury resulting from the problem. A motorist suffered a cut to his ear during a significant collision in a 2011 Elantra that caused the side curtain airbag to deploy.
"Upon inspection, we determined that a support bracket for the headliner could become dislodged during the curtain airbaig deployment if the vehicle had an auto dimming mirror installed at the U.S. port of entry," Jim Trainor, Hyundai's senior group manager for product public relations, said in the statement. "In some of these installations, the technician installing the mirror could interact with the headliner in a manner that partially dislodges the bracket, allowing the side curtain airbag deployment to force the bracket to displace during the course of the collision."
Hyundai will notify owners and expects the remedy to be available in May; dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner for free. Owners with questions can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236. For more info go to www.safercar.gov.
The Elantra recall comes amid a separate recall of 1.7 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles due to a brake light problem.
Editor's note: This post was updated on April 3 to reflect the body style affected by the recall.Related
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