Hyundai has recalled over 190,000 Elantra models over concerns that the passenger side airbags might not work properly.
The Elantras were from the last generation, built from July 2006 to November 2008, and cover model years 2007 to 2009.
The recall deals with a defect in the airbag seat sensor that detects a person’s weight and deploys the airbag accordingly, not deploying the airbag if the passenger is a child, for example. The sensor is located in the center console, and could break easily—if liquid is spilled into the console, for example. Then, the side airbag could fire regardless of the passenger’s size and weight, injuring a child.
Over 96,000 additional Elantras from 2007 and 2008 are also being examined for a driver’s side airbag that could deploy incorrectly if the seat is set in a certain position.