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Hyundai recalls over 12,000 cars in US with faulty door latches

Hyundai Motor Co. will recall a total of 12,438 model-year 2019 Veloster vehicles in the U.S. due to defective door latches that may open during side-impact crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In Hyundai Motor America's April 17 report to the NHTSA, the company noted that doors of certain Hyundai Veloster vehicles produced from Feb. 9, 2018, through Jan. 30 are at risk of inadvertently opening in certain side-impact crashes.

The recall was triggered after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a side-impact crash test on a model-year 2019 Hyundai Veloster, which used a moving deformable barrier. During the crash, the door latch housing and locking cable of the vehicle became damaged, causing the door to open.

There have been no reported accidents or injuries in connection to the defective doors to date, according to the documents.

Starting June 14, the South Korean carmaker's dealers in the U.S. will replace the driver's side door latch assembly and lower channel, free of charge, the NHTSA said in a memo May 21.

The notice follows the recall of 6,620 imported Veloster cars in China, which were installed with defective engine software that could cause the engines to stall.