US Government Launches Investigation Into Hyundai And Kia Airbags

The Hyundai Motor Co. headquarters, along with a salon graphic here, are in Seoul, South Korea. The U.S. supervision is questioning problems with atmosphere bag control units in Kia and Hyundai vehicles that have led to 4 deaths.

Lee Jin-man/AP


hide caption

toggle caption

Lee Jin-man/AP

The Hyundai Motor Co. headquarters, along with a salon graphic here, are in Seoul, South Korea. The U.S. supervision is questioning problems with atmosphere bag control units in Kia and Hyundai vehicles that have led to 4 deaths.

Lee Jin-man/AP

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration non-stop an review Friday into problems with atmosphere bags in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. NHTSA says it is now wakeful of 6 crashes in that atmosphere bags unsuccessful to deploy. The crashes led to 4 deaths and 6 injuries.

The models being investigated are 2011 Hyundai Sonatas and 2012 and 2013 Kia Fortes, according to a document posted on a NHTSA website. The range of a examine includes an estimated 425,000 vehicles.

Four of a crashes in doubt concerned Hyundai vehicles and dual of a crashes concerned Kia vehicles, a request states. According to a matter from Hyundai orator Jim Trainor, a association knows of “three singular and singular accidents where airbag control electronics was reliable to be damaged, and a fourth collision is underneath investigation.”

The specific regard with a atmosphere bags is an electrical overplay condition (EOS), that happens when an electronic device practice a stream or voltage over a specified limit. In this case, according to a NHTSA document, a device influenced atmosphere bag control units granted by a automobile partial manufacturer ZF-TRW. The atmosphere bag control units in a Hyundai models detect collisions, control a deployment of atmosphere bags and can also tie chair belts in expectation of a crash. The NHTSA request says a group understands a 2012 and 2013 Kia Fortes being investigated also used identical ZF-TRW-supplied atmosphere bag control units.

Hyundai was already wakeful of problems with atmosphere bag control units as of Feb. 27, when a association filed a forsake information news that led to a remember of 154,751 model-year 2011 Hyundai Sonatas. Trainor reliable to NPR that a NHTSA review non-stop yesterday is directly associated to this recall, and Hyundai will forewarn all influenced vehicle-owners about serve recalls by Apr 20. A orator for Kia could not be reached for comment.

The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation will be looking into either a range of Hyundai’s remember was appropriate, either a Kia vehicles in doubt in fact used a same or identical atmosphere bag control units and what led a atmosphere bag control units to malfunction. The review will also demeanour into that other manufacturers used a same or identical ZF-TRW atmosphere bag control units. The NHTSA request says a Office of Defects Investigation is already wakeful of a prior remember in that a atmosphere bag control units of certain Fiat Chrysler vehicles also seemed to knowledge electrical overplay condition.

In 2014, NPR’s Eyder Peralta reported that Hyundai and Kia concluded to compensate a $100 million polite chastisement and $250 million in other punitive measures after they farfetched a gas mileage on 1.2 million vehicles. The settlement, that a Justice Department deemed “unprecedented,” is a largest polite chastisement in Clean Air Act history.

Hyundai, Kia Fined $100 Million Over Misleading Gas Mileage Figures

Hyundai acquired partial of Kia after Kia filed for failure in 2007. According to Hyundai’s website, Kia “still operates independently” and has apart design, selling and branding departments.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » appearance » Widgets » and move a widget into Advertise Widget Zone