Los Angeles-based electric-vehicle maker Coda Automotive is recalling 78 of its Sedan models for what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says may have been improper installation of side-curtain airbags.

NHTSA said that the Sedan's side-curtain airbags may not deploy in an accident as designed and that the automaker will notify owners of the issue. Coda dealers will inspect the airbag installations, NHTSA said. The company confirmed the recall yesterday, adding that there are "no known injuries" stemming from the faulty airbags.

Coda, which opened its headquarters in L.A. in late 2011, sold its first production EVs in March and in April reached an agreement with China-based Great Wall Motors to make a vehicle for Europe, China and North America that should be less expensive than most other production EVs. The Coda Sedan was rated by the Environmental Protection Agency to get 88 miles on a single charge, 14 miles more than the Nissan Leaf.
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Report Date : August 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 12V409000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CODA / CODA 2012
Manufacturer: Coda Automotive Mfr's Report Date: AUG 17, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V409000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 78
CODA Automotive (CODA) is recalling certain model year 2012 CODA vehicles. The side curtain airbags may not have been properly installed which could cause them to not deploy as intended.
In the event of a crash, the side curtain airbags may fail to deploy as intended, increasing the risk of injury.
CODA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the side curtain airbag installations as needed, free of charge. CODA has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact CODA Automotive at 1-855-464-2632.
CODA Automotive's recall campaign number is R84001. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

CODA Automotive Statement

CODA Automotive is committed to safety and has voluntarily recalled 78 of its 2012 CODA model year vehicles within the VIN range of 53G1U4A48CB000026 to 53G1U4A48CB000260. The recall campaign was issued because of the potential that the side curtain airbags in certain vehicles may not deploy as intended due to an improper installation.

Certain 2012 model year CODA vehicles may have this condition. There are no known injuries related to this recent discovery.

CODA Automotive holds itself to the highest safety standards and continually strives to offer the most reliable product for its consumers.