NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Hyundai Accent

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1996 Hyundai Accent, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. PASSENGER AIR BAG RELATED NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA00001

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 05, 2000
    • Date Closed: March 09, 2001
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags:Frontal

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA00001 »

  2. PASSENGER AIR BAG RELATED FATALITIES NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99046

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 07, 1999
    • Date Closed: January 05, 2000
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags:Frontal

    Summary: ODI is aware of seven fatalities of children (excluding children in rear facing child safety seats)that were caused by the deployment of the front passenger air bags in minor or moderate severity crashes involving model year 1995 through 1997 Hyundai Accent vehicles.two of the seven fatalities occurred in puerto rico.this preliminary evaluation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis forfurther investigation.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE99046 »

  3. FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER CONTROL ARM NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02055

    Component(s): Suspension
    Suspension:Front:Control Arm
    Suspension:Front:Control Arm:Lower Arm

    Summary: On December 18th, 2002 Hyundai America technical center, Inc. (Hyundai) submitted a defect information report regarding approximately 47,000 1995 and 1996 Hyundai Accent vehicles registered in salt belt states.according to Hyundai, these vehicles were manufactured with front suspension lower control arms with an interior partition wall.the partition wall restricts the coverage of paint to the interior surfaces of the control arm.when operated in areas of the country that use road salt for de-icing, the lower control arm can corrode over time.this corrosion can lead to perforation and can possibly fracture between the front and rear pivot points of the arm.such a fracture limits the front suspension's ability to control front to back movement of the wheel.under braking, the front wheel can contact the wheelhouse.all known failures have occurred in salt belt states.vehicles will be inspected for lower control arm corrosion damage and, if damaged, the arms will be replaced.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE02055 »

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