Hyundai Recalls 400,000 Montgomery Built Sonatas

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Hyundai Motor Company is voluntarily recalling nearly 400,000 Sonata sedans built in Montgomery, Alabama due to problems with the vehicles' air bag system.

The problem involves what is called an Occupant Classification System (OCS), which senses pressure on the right front passenger seat and disengages that seat's air bag if it detects the presence of a child restrant system or small child. The air bag could pose a danger if it were to deploy while a small child was sitting in the seat.

However, if the system misclassifies a small statured adult as that of a child sitting in that seat there is the potential that the air bag might not inflate in an accident, and it could result in injuries.

Hyundai says it isn't aware of any injuries, but is conducting the recall to "ensure the safety" of its customers.

The recall is expected to begin on or around May 26, 2008.

Owners of 2006-2008 model year Hyundai Sonata sedans should take their car to a reputable dealer to have it inspected or contact Hyundai at 1-888-327-4236.

Hyundai Motors Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA), which builds the cars, declined to speak with WSFA 12 News instead deferring to corperate offices of Hyundai Motors America.