DETROIT — Air bags using some Hyundai and Kia cars didn’t inflate in crashes and 4 people are dead. Currently the U.S. government’s road safety agency would like to know why.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s investigating problems that affect a projected 425,000 cars expressed by the Korean automakers. The business and that is considering if thez frequent problem can occur in vehicles created by others.
In documents posted on its website yesterday, the safety agency says the probe covers 2011 Hyundai Sonata midsize cars and 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte compacts. The agency says it has reports of six front-end crashes with significant injury to the cars. Four people died and 6 were injured.
The problem may be traced to electrical circuit shorts in air bag control computers that is generated by parts supplier ZF-TRW. NHTSA now wants to determine whether other automakers used the same computer.
On Feb. 27, Hyundai recalled nearly 155,000 Sonatas caused by air bag failures, that your company has traced to the short circuit in mid-air bag control computers. Hyundai’s sister automaker Kia, which sells similar vehicles, has yet to issue a recall. No deaths or injuries were disclosed in Hyundai’s recall documents.
Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor says the problem happened in rare high-speed head-on collisions that were offset through the core vehicles.
Dealers will consider offering loaner cars to owners up until the issue will be repaired, he explained.
Hyundai said from a statement that your air bag control circuitry was damaged in three crashes including a fourth crash is under investigation.
Hyundai isn’t going to yet contain a solution for the condition but said hello expects the Sonata recall to begin April 20.
The agency says it’ll evaluate the scope of Hyundai’s recall, confirm Kia’s technique same or similar air bag control computers and show off to the cause.