Hyundai Motor Co. has recalled more than 140,000 Tucson compact sport utility vehicles from model years 2011 to 2014 because the airbag may not be securely attached to the steering wheel. According to a May 13 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, the airbag assembly installed in the steering wheel may become loose from its mounting and result in an increased risk of injury to the driver in the event of a crash. The recall affects 137,500 vehicles in the United States and an additional 3,500 vehicles in Puerto Rico.
According to Jim Trainor, a representative for Hyundai, two bolts that mount the airbag to the steering wheel could come loose because they may have not been tightened properly when the vehicles were manufactured. Hyundai said its dealers will inspect and tighten the bolts that secure the driver’s airbag free of charge. The South Korean automaker also said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of the defect.
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