Korean automaker Hyundai announced a pair of recalls Monday involving separate problems with the airbags in its Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans. In the US, the company has issued a recall for just over 199,000 Santa Fes made between April 2006 and July 2008 because the airbag has failed to deploy in a number of test crashes. The company is also recalling 22,500 Sonatas made between January and June this year because the side air bag may inflate unexpectedly.
The Santa Fe airbag is somewhat unusual given that it was actually sparked by a settlement of a lawsuit that is currently seeking class-action status in the courts. The company has recalled a total of 1.3 million vehicles for airbag issues since 2006, but this is the first stemming from a lawsuit. Under the terms of the settlement in question, Hyundai will actually buy back any vehicles in which it cannot repair the issue. Owners of vehicles affected by either recall are asked to bring them in to a certified Hyundai service center, where repairs will be made at no cost to the owners.