Hyundai is recalling more than 84,000 Genesis vehicles over defective electrical components that could cause the air bag to deploy improperly in the event of a crash. Hyundai Motor Co.’s recall covers 84,500 model year 2010 to 2016 Genesis vehicles, all of which are equipped with an occupation classification system, or OCS, to determine whether there is a person sitting in the front seat and whether the occupant is an adult. Hyundai said the electrical harness connector for the classification system could dislodge, causing only the first step of the two-step air bag to deploy by default in the event of an accident.
If a child restraint system or a small-stature passenger is in the seat when the first step of the air bag deploys, they could suffer serious injury from the force of the air bag. Additionally, it could have an opposite effect for an adult. “The deployment of only the first-stage frontal passenger air bag in a collision which warrants deployment of both first and second stages can, under some circumstances, increase the risk of injury to the front-seat passenger occupant,” Hyundai said. The automaker said the electrical harness dislodgement occurs when the seat is moved while objects placed on the floor come into contact with the component. A malfunction of the component would cause the air bag warning light to illuminate on the instrument cluster.
To fix the issue, dealers will secure the OCS connector at no cost to Genesis owners. The automaker said the recall is expected to begin on Dec. 2. Hyundai says it is not aware of any reported injuries or accidents relating to this problem. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents submitted by Hyundai, the automaker first began to investigate the problem in November 2015. Hyundai discovered two vehicles experiencing OCS electrical component issues in April while the Genesis vehicles were undergoing repair at the dealership. The dealer found a sunglasses case and a perfume bottle on the floor of the vehicles, which were likely causes of the malfunction. The company decided to launch its investigation in late September after studying field data on the OCS connector.
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