2012 Coda Sedan Recalled for Airbag Problem


  • 2012 Coda Sedan Picture

    2012 Coda Sedan Picture

    Coda Automotive is recalling 117 2012 Coda sedans because the side curtain airbags may not deploy in a crash. | June 07, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Coda Automotive is recalling 117 2012 Coda sedans because the side curtain airbags may not deploy in a crash.
  • The recall is expected to begin on June 11.
  • Coda Automotive told federal safety regulators there are no known incidents or injuries related to the recall.

WASHINGTON — Coda Automotive is recalling 117 2012 Coda sedans because the side curtain airbags may not deploy in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The side curtain airbags may have been improperly rolled during production, which could cause the airbag to not deploy as intended," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "In the event of a crash necessitating side curtain airbag deployment, the side curtain airbags may fail to deploy as intended, increasing the risk of injury."

Coda Automotive said the problem was discovered during a NHTSA side impact crash test, according to a defect notification filed with NHTSA on May 30. NHTSA noted on Friday that this recall "supersedes a previous recall conducted by Coda." Earlier, Coda Automotive recalled 78 2012 sedans for an improperly installed airbag.

The Coda sedan, which is based on an existing Chinese model, has had a rocky safety history. The 2012 model received a four-star overall crash-test rating from NHTSA, with a rating of two stars for a frontal crash. Coda Automotive filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

Coda Automotive told federal safety regulators there are no known incidents or injuries related to this latest recall.

Coda dealers will replace both side curtain airbags. The recall is expected to begin on June 11. NHTSA is advising consumers to contact their dealer for more information.

Edmunds says: Yet another blow to Coda's safety reputation, but at least the recall will get off the ground quickly.

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