A defect investigation launched last May examining side-curtain airbags in the Hyundai Elantra has been upgraded to an engineering analysis on 75,581 Elantra vehicles; specifically those manufactured in Korea for the American market.
The original investigation was sparked after a customer suffered ear lacerations when the driver’s side-curtain airbag deployed, launching a metal bracket used in the headliner which struck the driver.
123,000 Elantras were included in the original investigation, though now it has been discovered that only Elantras built in Korea and imported to the U.S. market are affected. The metal bracket in question is a stiffener in the headliner assembly which is only used in the Korean built Elantra.
Hyundai is already investigating to see whether the reported injury was an isolated incident. So far it found a single case of the same metal bracket becoming exposed after the airbag deployed, although it did not act in such a way that would have inflicted the same injury.
Model years 2011 and 2013 Elantras that use the same headliner assembly are now being included in the investigation as well, even though the sole incident happened in a 2012 Elantra.