Hyundai airbag flaw tied to drink spills

WASHINGTON — Hyundai Motor America Inc. is recalling about 151,000 Elantra cars built for the 2001-02 model years to correct two airbag-related defects, federal safety regulators said Friday. In some cases, liquids that spill from a center console cupholder cause front-impact and side-impact airbags to malfunction.

An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found more than 500 complaints about airbags in the vehicles, including reports of 15 possibly related injuries.

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