The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration has opened a probe into two older-mannequin Kia and Hyundai automobiles in the wake of six head-on collisions, hoping to find why the automobiles’ airbags did not deploy.
Included in the investigation is the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and Kia Fortes from the 2012 and 2013 mannequin years. The collisions reported by the safety company resulted in 4 deaths and 6 accidents.
In response to the NHTSA, every collision prompted vital injury to the vehicle, and will have led to entrance airbag deployment. This didn’t occur. The company acquired the accident reports between 2012 and 2017.
4 of the collisions occurred in 2011 Sonatas bought in america, with a 2012 Forte and Canadian-market 2013 mannequin rounding out the group. Naturally, a part of the company’s probe will decide whether or not airbags in different fashions could be affected. Some 425,000 automobiles presently fall beneath the NHTSA probe.
Chatting with Reuters, Hyundai model spokesman Jim Trainor stated the automaker is conscious of two fatalities, including that the top-on collisions occurred at a excessive fee of velocity. The issue appears to exist solely in 2011 Sonatas, he stated.
Final month, Hyundai issued a recall for†154,753 Sonatas in the U.S. after receiving reports of airbag non-deployment.
“Hyundai signifies that the DIR stemmed from submit-collision inspections of the air bag management models (ACUs) displaying that an electrical overstress situation (EOS) of an ACU digital element occurred in three of the crashes, and that the fourth ACU is beneath analysis for a similar concern,” the NHTSA stated in its investigation abstract. “Hyundai has not recognized a treatment for this recall, and states that the reason for the EOS is being investigated with the ACU provider, ZF-TRW.”
It’s believed the Forte fashions are outfitted with the identical ACUs.
– NHTSA Investigates Why Kia, Hyundai Airbags Didnít Deploy in Fatal Crashes –
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