Safety advocate group Center for Auto Safety is urging federal safety agency the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate previous models of Chevrolet Impalas that may have airbag issues, Reuters reported on April 7.
The group told the NHTSA that airbags in the 2003-2010 Impalas may malfunction if occupants suddenly bounce in their seat before an accident. At least 143 deaths were linked to the airbag issue, with a majority of the deaths occurring even the occupant was restrained by a seat belt.
General Motors spokesperson Greg Martin stated that they are willing to work with the NHTSA to figure out if they need to act on the issue.
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A man driving a new 2012 Hyundai Elantra was injured after his side-curtain airbags deployed, bringing with them a metal bracket that sliced his ear in half. The driver has filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which will launch an investigation.
Both Hyundai and the NHTSA will inspect the vehicle to decide whether or not the defect will also occur in the other 123,000 2012 Elantras. Hyundai says it has not received any other reports of injuries and does not plan on issuing a recall at this time.
The Elantra, Hyundai’s second-best selling vehicle, was recently named the North American Car of the Year.