US expands Hyundai Elantra air bag probe

Sep 17, 2012

(AP)—U.S. safety regulators have added two model years to an investigation of an air bag problem with Hyundai Elantras that cut a car owner's ear in half.

The says it will look into 2011 and 2013 Elantras in addition to those from 2012. The agency also upgraded the probe to an engineering analysis, a step closer to a recall. No cars have been recalled.

The agency started investigating 123,000 2012 Elantras in May. But Monday it said only Korean-built Elantras have the part that caused the problem. About 75,000 were sold in the U.S.

In April, an Elantra owner told investigators a side inflated in a crash and a metal bracket sliced the driver's ear.

says the problem appears to be isolated.

Explore further: Using video games to model real life outbreaks

0 shares

Related Stories

Hyundai unveils South Korea's first electric car

Sep 09, 2010

Hyundai Motor Thursday unveiled South Korea's first full-speed electric car, designed to tap into the increasingly competitive electric auto market, hailed as the industry's future.

Hyundai-Kia's 3.28 bln dlr 'green' project plans

Jul 22, 2009

South Korea's Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors Wednesday announced plans to invest 4.1 trillion won (3.28 billion dollars) by end-2013 to develop fuel-efficient cars and cut carbon emissions.

Safety chief defends probe of Toyota acceleration

Jul 27, 2012

(AP) — The government's top auto safety official is denying a U.S. senator's claim that his agency failed to thoroughly investigate unintended acceleration problems in Toyota cars and trucks.

Hyundai to Start Retail Sales of First Hybrid in July 2009

Jul 09, 2008

Hyundai Motor Company plans to start retail sales of its first LPG–electric hybrid vehicle in July 2009. To be sold initially in the Korean domestic market under the Avante badge, the Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle ...

Recommended for you

Using video games to model real life outbreaks

Jun 30, 2015

Those of you who know me know that I'm a video game nerd. And comic book nerd. And just nerdy nerd in general. So when I read an article that used World of Warcraft to model disease outbreaks, I jumped on ...

Railroad official asks digital map makers to mark crossings

Jun 29, 2015

The federal agency that oversees railroads has asked digital mapping companies to alert drivers as they approach track crossings in the hope that visual and audio cues will lead to greater awareness of potential dangers.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.