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Hyundai, Kia Cars Probed After Four Deaths Tied to Air Bags Not Inflating

  • NHTSA says air bags failed to deploy in some frontal crashes
  • Korean manufacturers say they’re assisting in investigation
Vehicle Crash Test At The Korea Automobile Insurance Repair Research And Training Center (KART)
Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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Safety regulators in the U.S. are investigating air bags in certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles that failed to deploy in frontal collisions linked to four deaths and six injuries.

As many as 425,000 automobiles made by the South Korean manufacturers may be affected, according to an investigation report posted on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. NHTSA is investigating whether vehicles made by other carmakers also may be at risk. Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. shares fell.