Coda, NHTSA recall 78 electric sedans due to possible faulty side-curtain airbags


Los Angeles-based Coda Automotive, makers of the simply styled Coda electric sedan, is recalling 78 of its 2012 sedan models. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall is a result of side-curtain airbags that may have been improperly installed.

The NHTSA have said that the Coda Sedan’s side-curtain airbags may not deploy in the event of an accident, prompting the EV manufacturer to notify owners of the problem. According to a joint press release from Coda and the NHTSA, Coda dealers will immediately go about inspecting the possible faulty airbags and correct the issue should the need arise. Coda have confirmed that no known injuries have stemmed from the recently discovered defective airbags.

For those unfamiliar with Coda, the electric automaker began selling its EVs last March and will, for the time being, restrict sales to California. The four-door electric sedan utilizes a 31kWh lithium-ion iron phosphate battery system and delivers an EPA-rated range of 88 miles on a single charge, which for those keeping track is 14 miles more than the Nissan Leaf. Retail price for the 2012 Coda sedan starts at $37,250, while a larger battery 35 kWh battery pack version that is said to offer an additional 25 miles of range prices in at just under $40,000. Both prices are without state and federal tax incentives.