US agency probes Hyundai Sonata air bag problem

US agency probes Hyundai Sonata air bag problem

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PLANTATION, FL - APRIL 03: The Hyundai logo is seen on the grille of a parked car on the sales lot at Rick Case Plantation Hyundai on April 3, 2012 in Plantation, Florida. Reports indicate that automakers expect to have sold more than 1.4 million vehicles in March, about 15 percent more than a year ago and the most since 2007. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 12:00 PM

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Hyundai Sonatas.

The probe announced Friday covers about 394,000 midsize cars from the 2006 through 2008 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 83 complaints about the problem. The agency says a sensor inside the seat belt buckle might fail. This can cause the air bags to malfunction or not inflate if there's a crash.

The problem also can affect the mechanism that tightens the seat belts before a crash. The problem can happen in either the driver or passenger buckles. In most cases the air bag warning light came on.

Investigations can lead to recalls but none has been issued so far in this case.

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