Safety of Hyundai Elantra Airbags Under Investigation

by Monty Yolles on February 20, 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating an issue with side airbags in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 models of the Hyundai Elantra. The NHTSA began its investigation after aTexasman lost half of his left ear due to debris flung by a deploying side airbag.

The man claims that a piece of metal became dislodged as the airbag deployed and shot towards him, severing his left ear and barely missing his neck. The NHTSA has upgraded the investigation to an engineering analysis.

In July 2012, Hyundai recalled over 220,000 Santa Fes and Sonatas, and it would be no surprise if the recalls were due to problems similar to the Elantra side airbags.  Hyundai claims theTexasman’s claim is an isolated incident and is not the fault of the car’s engineering.

Airbags can indeed be dangerous, as they often deploy at speeds over 100 mph and sometimes deploy late or not at all.  Most fatalities directly related to airbags occur when the driver or passenger is sitting too close to the airbag, or when the airbag fails to deploy altogether.

If a defective product has injured you or a loved one, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in order to determine your best course of action.

The Yolles Legal Group is dedicated to helping restore people’s lives after an injury.  Monty Yolles, founder of The Yolles Legal Group, is an experienced Marylandpersonal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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