Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 393,714 Sonata passenger cars in the United States to fix a problem with the air bag system in the front passenger seat. The automaker said the recall affects 2006-2008 Sonata vehicles equipped with an advanced air bag system. The system disables the front passenger seat’s front air bag when it detects the presence of a child restraint system or a small child in the seat. The right front air bag is disabled to prevent injuries to a child that could result from the air bag inflating during a crash. According to Hyundai it received some complaints that the system was misclassifying a small adult as a child and shutting off the passenger air bag. The automaker said the misclassification would prevent the air bag from inflating in a crash, potentially leading to an injury to the passenger. The company says it is not aware of any injuries. The recall is being conducted to “ensure the safety of our customers,” according to Hyundai. Dealers will evaluate the air bag system and make any necessary repairs. The recall is expected to begin later this month. For more information, owners can contact Hyundai at (800) 633-5151.
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