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Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation are recalling more than 1.9 million vehicles in the United States in three recall campaigns. According to a report in Detroit News, this is one of the largest vehicle recalls ever issued by the Korean automakers. Hyundai’s recall involves 1.06 million vehicles for electrical problems while Kia is recalling 623,000 vehicles to address the same problem.
According to Hyundai officials, the condition could potentially result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the ability to remove the shifter from the park position, interfere with operation or cruise control feature and cause on and off brake light failure.
The most recent recall was spurred by an investigation by Transport Canada, the Canadian auto safety agency, which notified Hyundai in November that is had nine complaints relating to the vehicles’ stop switch assembly. The Hyundai recall covers the 2007-09 Accent, 2007-10 Elantra, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-11 Santa Fe, 2011 Sonata, 2007-09 Tucson and 2008-09 Veracruz. The Kia recall covers the 2007-10 Rondo, 2007 Sedona, 2011 Optima, 2007-11 Sorento, 2010-11 Soul, 2007-10 Sportage. Both automakers say they do not know of any crashes or injuries associated with these recalled vehicles.
In addition to these recalls, Hyundai is also recalling about 190,000 2011-13 Elantra vehicles for airbag defects. Hyundai officials say that a support bracket attached to the headliner can become displaced if it has been previously dislodged. This condition may pose a risk of injury to vehicle occupants if contact is made between the occupant and the headliner support during a side impact collision. An Elantra driver was reportedly hurt from a part that dislodged during an airbag deployment. In that case, it resulted in a laceration to the driver’s ear.
Auto Product Liability Issues
In cases where a vehicle occupant is injured or killed as the result of a defective auto or faulty part, the manufacturers of the vehicle or the flawed part can be held liable. When a crash occurs, it would be in victims’ best interests to preserve the vehicle unaltered so that an expert can thoroughly examine it for vehicle defects, malfunctions, design flaws and other evidence. An experienced auto product liability lawyer will be able to advise injured victims or families of deceased victims regarding their legal rights and options.