After air bags failed to deploy in Hyundai-Kia brand cars during crashes, four fatalities that resulted from the crashes will be examined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The examination covers 2011 Hyundai Sonata cars and both 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte compacts that contain the faulty air bags and affects over 400,000 cars manufactured by Korean automakers. The problem with the air bags stems from electrical circuit shorts in the air bag control computers, and the NHTSA will investigate, with the assistance of the Hyundai and Kia manufacturers, to determine if other manufacturers used the same ones. Four individuals sustained fatal injuries and six other victims incurred personal injuries in about six car accidents in which the air bags failed.
Back in February, over 150,000 Hyundai Sonatas were recalled for the air bag failures, but Kia has not recalled their similar line of cars and hasn’t confirmed any similar accidents with their vehicles. Since October 2015, however, complaints have been lodged regarding a serious car accident where a 2012 Kia Forte engaged in a crash that took the passenger’s life and caused the driver injuries. In that specific incident, the air bags did not deploy. The NHTSA investigation will hopefully determine if any other cars may contain the defective air bags.
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