SEOUL May 19 Hyundai Motor Co is
recalling more than 120,000 Tucson crossover utility vehicles in
South Korea because the airbag assembly may come loose from its
mounting on the steering wheel.
The move comes after the South Korean automaker said over
the weekend that it would recall nearly 140,000 Tucson SUVs in
the U.S. market because of the same issue.
South Korea's transport ministry said the domestic recall
affects 122,561 Tucsons produced from 2011 to 2013. Hyundai did
not disclose how much the recalls will cost the carmaker.
Hyundai said that during assembly, it is possible the two
bolts attaching the driver's airbag module to the steering wheel
may not have been properly tightened, according to documents
filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
It said the airbag module might become detached from the
steering wheel, which could result in injury in the event of a
crash. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a
result of the defect, the automaker said.
(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Matt Driskill)