Hyundai recalling Santa Fe, Veracruz for airbag defects

Hyundai Motor Company has announced the recall of certain model year 2007-2008 Hyundai Veracruz and Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles for possible defects in the airbag systems. The manufacturer reports the clock spring contact assembly for the driver’s air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) my become damaged through usage over time. As a result, the air bag may not deploy.

According to Hyundai, if the clock spring develops high resistance, in the event of a crash, the driver’s air bag will not deploy and will not be able to properly protect the driver, increasing the risk of injuries. Hyundai will replace the vehicles’ driver’s air bag clock spring contact assembly as necessary free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during September 2011. Owners may contact Hyundai Customer Connect Center at 1-800-633-5151.

The recall affects certain model year 2007-2008 Hyundai Veracruz vehicles manufactured from Dec. 26, 2006 through March 21, 2008; and model year 2007-2008 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles manufactured from April 19, 2006 through March 20, 2008.

Hyundai’s safety recall campaign number is 103. Owners also may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to for more information.