Hyundai recalls more than 100,000 i30 small cars over potentially harmful airbag defect

Hyundai Australia has been forced to recall 106,441 i30 small cars due to an Airbag Control Unit (ACU) fault that could trigger their driver and passenger airbags without impact.

Involving examples of the first-generation, FD-series i30 sold between May 3, 2007 and May 8, 2012, the improper ACU programming increases the risk of an accident if the airbags are inadvertently deployed and therefore ups the chance of injury to vehicle occupants and other road users.

It should be noted that this recall is unrelated to the ongoing Takata airbag inflator recalls.

Affected owners will be contacted by Hyundai Australia in writing with instructions to bring their vehicles to a preferred dealership to have the ACU reprogrammed for free.

Those seeking extra information can contact Hyundai Australia’s Customer Care Centre on 1800 186 306.