Hyundai Motor Co. has announced the recall of 393,714 Sonata passenger
cars so that it can fix the air bag system located in the front passenger
seat. The recall affects 2006, 2007, and 2008 Sonatas.
Hyundai says it has received several reports that the passenger air bag system had shut off when there was a small adult in the seat because the system had misclassified the passenger as a child.
The air bag system is supposed to disable itself whenever it senses a child restraint system or a small child riding in the front passenger seat, but it is not supposed to shut down when there is an adult riding there.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that this incorrect classification could cause the right front air bag to fail to inflate during a serious accident, which could cause the adult passenger to sustain serious injuries or die.
Air Bags and Auto Accidents
During a car accident, it is important that an air bag inflate at the right time, in the proper way, and at the right speed to avoid serious injuries. An airbag that fails to deploy or deploys incorrectly during a serious auto crash can cause catastrophic injuries. A person that is not properly restrained may even die after being struck by an inflating air bag.
Air Bag Malfunctions Include:
- Failure to deploy
- Deploying at the wrong time
- Chemical burns from gas escaping the air bag
- Failure to replace a deployed air bag
Injuries that have been caused by air bags include:
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries, including decapitation
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries, including blindness
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries or died because an
air bag failed to deploy or deployed incorrectly, the victim or his or
her family may be entitled to recover damages from the auto manufacturer
or another liable party. One of our air bag injury lawyers can explore
your legal options during your free consultation.
Hyundai Sonatas Recalled for Air Bag Failure, Consumer Affairs, April 16, 2008
What You Need to Know About Air Bags, NHTSA
Related Web Resources:
Air Bag Safety, Insurance Information Institute
Contact the auto products liability law firm of Gilbert & Ollanik PC today.