Hyundai Air Bags
Robert B. Carey
Hagens Berman has reached a settlement with Hyundai (KSE: 005380) that allows some owners to return defective vehicles if the company cannot repair them. The settlement addresses allegations that the airbags in some 2007-2009 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover vehicles failed to deploy in some types of collisions.
In response to the lawsuit, Hyundai has ordered a recall of about 200,000 vehicles, the latest in a series of recalls totaling about 1.3 million vehicles that began in 2006.
The settlement will be filed in court by Aug. 17, 2012. Once it is on file, it must be approved by the court, but the recall will occur even if the settlement is not approved.
Hagens Berman continues to investigate potential safety defects in vehicles, especially those relating to occupant classification systems and airbags that do not deploy properly in a serious collision.
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