NHTSA Investigating 2012 Hyundai Elantra for Airbag Issue

By Matthew Askari | May 15, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the 2012 Hyundai Elantra after a side-curtain airbag may have been the cause of injury in an accident, lacerating the driver's ear and face. Photos of the vehicle after the crash show a metal part protruding from the left edge of the headliner. When asked about the issue, Hyundai released a statement to Automotive.com: "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was contacted on May 7, 2012 by a vehicle owner alleging an improper deployment of a driver side curtain air bag in a 2012 model year Hyundai Elantra.  The air bag, which deployed in a collision, is reported to have caused a laceration to the driver’s ear during the deployment.
The evaluation is in the very early stages; neither Hyundai nor NHTSA have had an opportunity to inspect the 2012 Elantra that is the subject of this evaluation. Hyundai has no other reports of injury from side curtain air bag deployment in the 2012 Elantra." The NHTSA investigation will cover approximately 123,000 vehicles. The Elantra has been a runaway success for the Hyundai, and is among its best-sellers. In January, the Hyundai Elantra was named the North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show. Source: Automotive News, Hyundai