The recall, set to begin in mid-August, covers 35,000 vehicles in the United States. (Hyundai)
Washington — Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 58,000 2010-12 Elantra Touring cars in North America because a support bracket could come loose during an air bag deployment causing an injury.
The new recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in December after the Korean automaker recalled 190,000 2011-13 Elantras in March 2013 for possible air bag problems. The recall covers 35,000 vehicles in the United States and 23,600 in Canada.
Hyundai said that during deployment of a side curtain air bag, a support bracket attached to the headliner can become displaced if the support bracket has been previously dislodged. The Touring model had similar — but not identical — support brackets as the sedans.
At least one Elantra Touring car was found in a salvage yard with a dislodged metal support bracket during NHTSA’s investigation, Hyundai said. Hyundai conducted testing with NHTSA on June 3 in Ann Arbor and in one instance the support bracket came loose.
Hyundai dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner and the recall is to begin by mid-August.
This condition may pose a risk of injury to the vehicle occupant if contact is made between the occupant and the headliner support bracket during a side impact collision. NHTSA’s initial investigation was prompted by an injury to a driver of an Elantra from a part that dislodged during an air bag deployment that resulted in a laceration to the driver’s left ear.