South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced that they will be recalling their full-size 2013 Azera sedan for an airbag sensor issue. In all, over 5,200 vehicles will be affected by the latest Hyundai recall.
The issue concerns the sensor that is located in the passenger seat (generally in the seat cushion), that is normally able to detect the dimensions of its occupant, and thus be able to deploy the airbag according. For example, if a small child were to reside in the front seat, then the force of the airbag would be lesser than if a large adult were to occupy the same seat. In this particular case, however, the occupant detection system may not be able to differentiate the size of the occupant, thus failing to deploy the airbag with the appropriate amount of force. This could increase the risk of injury, should the vehicle be involved in a front and/or side collision.
The issue surfaced after a warranty claims review indicated that the airbag warning light had illuminated with the code for a wet seat, according to documents filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Upon further examination, it was determined by the automaker that a change in the seat fabric could have impacted the sensor’s capacity to determine the dimension of an occupant in the front passenger seat.
The latest Hyundai recall will have dealership technicians inspect and recalibrate the airbag system. Registered owners may contact their local dealerships for further information, or to schedule a service appointment. Hyundai is expected to start notifying owners in the third quarter of 2013.