Hyundai and Mazda Issue Recalls for Santa Fe, Sonata and Tribute
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 199,118 Santa Fe SUVs from the 2007 through 2009 model years have a faulty front passenger airbag sensor system. Passengers who don’t weigh enough may not set the front passenger seat sensor off, which allows the front airbag to deploy in an accident. Reuters reports, “A Hyundai spokesman said there has been a single issue that the company is aware of when an air bag deployed and there was no crash.” Affected Santa Fe models were built from April 19, 2006 through July 7, 2008.
Hyundai is also recalling 22,512 Sonata midsize sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years. According to NHTSA, the side curtain airbags may inflate when they aren’t supposed to. Affected Sonata models were manufactured from Jan. 24 through June 21, 2012.
The third recall is related to last week’s Ford Escape recall, and affects 217,500 Mazda Tribute SUVs from the 2001 through 2006 model years, as well as the 2008 model year. The Tribute SUVs, which have a 3.0-liter V6 engine and cruise control, are at risk because their gas pedals could get stuck. NHTSA says the vehicles don’t have enough space between the engine cover and cruise control cable connector. The ODI received 31 owner complaints that the throttle was stuck in Tributes from the 2001 through 2004 model years. According to the ODI, the defect may have caused one fatal accident, but the ODI doesn’t state whether it occurred in the Escape or Tribute.
Hyundai and Mazda will contact owners, and dealers will make repairs for free. The recalls for the Sonata and Tribute begin this month. If you have further questions, you can reach Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151, Mazda at 1-800-222-5500 and NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.
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