A possible deadly malfunction in thousands of model year 2004 Hyundai Elantras has car owners concerned their vehicles are unsafe. A sensor system designed to turn off the passenger side airbag
when a small child is occupying the seat will reportedly deactivate the device for anyone weighing less than 150 pounds and not positioned in the center of the seat.
Hyundai Motor Company admits the problem but says there is nothing that can be done to fix it. A spokesperson for the automaker suggested that adults not heavy enough should sit somewhere else in the vehicle, a major inconvenience and potential safety hazard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into the airbag malfunction. The safety organization has not decided whether to issue a recall of the vehicles.
If you have been injured by an airbag, it may be important to contact an attorney
to protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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