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Nearly 155,000 Hyundai Sonatas recalled because air bags may not inflate

Sonatas from 2011 model year may have a defect that keeps seat belts from tightening and prevents the air bags from inflating in a crash.

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is shown at the

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in this 2009 photo. Photo Credit: AP / Jae C. Hong

DETROIT — Hyundai is recalling nearly 155,000 Sonata midsize cars in the United States because the air bags may not inflate in a crash.

The recall covers cars from the 2011 model year. Hyundai says a short circuit in the air bag control computer can stop the seat belts from tightening before a crash as well as prevent the air bags from deploying.

The company says in government documents that it has four reports of air bags not inflating. It was not clear if anyone was hurt.

The cars were made between Dec. 11, 2009, and Sept. 29, 2010.

Hyundai is still working on a fix for the problem. It expects the recall to start on April 20.


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