US Probes Air Bag Failures In Hyundai And Kia Car Crashes

  • US Probes Air Bag Failures In Hyundai And Kia Car Crashes

US Probes Air Bag Failures In Hyundai And Kia Car Crashes

Hyundai is in hot water again now the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating four deaths allegedly caused by airbag faults in cars sold in the U.S.

The NHTSA noted that failure of the air bag control unit may prevent the frontal air bags from deploying in the event of a crash.It is now aware of six crashes with significant collision-related damage events involving Hyundai and Kia models, where the air bags failed to deploy in frontal crashes.

The administration reportedly said it was reviewing 425-thousand 2012-2013 Kia Forte and 2011 Hyundai Sonata cars.

Hyundai Motor issued a recall previous month for 154,753 U.S. Sonatas after non-deployment reports were associated with electrical overstress in the air bag control unit, however stated it did not have a final fix yet.

The U.S. government is looking into whether other automakers have used the same airbag control system and whether the same problem could occur with vehicles made by them.

On Monday, Hyundai Motor shares fell 3.81 percent to 151,500 won and Kia Motors declined 3.53 percent to 31,400 won, both under-performing the broader KOSPI's 0.76 percent loss.

The problem leads to electrical circuit shorts in air bag control computers made by parts supplier ZF-TRW.

Its sister company Kia has not issued a recall so far, but said in a statement Saturday that it will cooperate with the NHTSA on the probe, although it has not confirmed problems of such in its 2002-2013 Forte cars.

Kia Motors has yet to announce a recall plan.

Sales data in China for February have yet to be collected, the company said. Kia Motors Corp said it will work closely with NHTSA, including monitoring crash reports and conduct more crash tests as needed.

Takata last month agreed to pay as much as US$650 million to settle claims in 44 states and the District of Columbia for defective airbags that can explode in vehicle crashes, sending metal shards flying.

Last week, United States consumers filed class-action complaints in Miami federal court to recover costs against units of General Motors and Volkswagen as well as Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and Fiat Chrysler.