Safety agency mulls expanding Hyundai Elantra recall over air bags 

2011 Hyundai Elantra
A 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Federal safety regulators are considering expanding a recall of the cars because of a possible hazard when air bags deploy.

U.S. safety regulators are looking into whether a Hyundai Elantra recall should be expanded because of a possible hazard when air bags deploy.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a Recall Query to determine if 52,000 Elantra Touring cars from the 2009 through 2012 model years should be recalled.

In March, Hyundai recalled more than 186,000 Elantra compacts from the 2011 to 2013 model years because a ceiling support bracket can come loose when side air bags inflate. In one case, a bracket cut a driver's ear.

The safety agency says that the 2009-2012 Elantra Touring models have a bracket design similar to the already recalled cars.

In the recall, dealers were to install industrial adhesive strips to keep the brackets in place. The bracket design was changed in cars built after March 5, 2013.