Hyundai Australia recalls over 200,000 of their top-selling ix35 SUV due to a faulty Driver Front Airbag Module.
HYUNDAI is recalling every ix35, Australia’s biggest-selling small SUV made over the past three years. The South Korean car maker is recalling 32,525 examples of its ix35 built from January 2011 to December 2013 because the airbag in the steering wheel may not be secured properly and the horn may not work.
It is the second recall for the same model so far this year and part of a global recall of more than 137,500 Hyundai vehicles announced last week.
In January, Hyundai recalled 6193 of its ix35 SUVs due to a potentially faulty seatbelt pre-tensioner.
A statement from Hyundai about the latest safety issue said: “An incorrectly tightened bolt could result in the misalignment of the airbag module, possibly affecting its deployment, and could also affect the operation of the horn.”
Hyundai says there have been no reported incidents in Australia but customers may notice a rattle in the steering wheel.
“It will not cause the airbag to deploy unintentionally,” says the Hyundai Australia statement. “(But) the effectiveness of the airbag could be reduced if the bolt is not tightened properly.”
Hyundai customers will be notified by mail in the coming days to have their cars checked free of charge and the bolts tightened if necessary.
Refer to full recall details below.
PRA number: 2014/14122
Date published: 23rd May 2014
Hyundai ix35 motor vehicles
Campaign number: 41C035
VIN range: KMHJT81BLBU238453 to KMHJU81VSEU860621
What are the defects?
Airbag module retention bolt could be incorrectly tensioned.
What are the hazards?
This could affect the function of the horn and the correct deployment of the airbag.
Where the product was sold
Traders who sold this product
Hyundai Motor Company Australia Pty Ltd
What should consumers do?
A letter will be sent to affected owners. Return the vehicle to the nearest Hyundai dealership to have the driver’s airbag module bolts inspected and tensioned to specification. This work will be carried out free of charge.