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Hyundai Motor recalling 220,000 cars in the U.S.

SEOUL, July 23 Reuters reported that South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co Ltd said on Tuesday it had started earlier this month recalling 220,000 vehicles sold in the United States to fix airbag problems.

Hyundai will recall a combined 145,000 units of 2001 XGs and 1999-2001 Sonatas, and 43,000 2002 Sonatas to change airbag sensors. Separately, it will also recall 34,000 Accent hatchbacks to reinforce the passenger's roof pillar.

"The airbag sensors were found to be too sensitive," a company spokesman said.

Hyundai, Korea's top automaker, exported 37,007 units to the United States in June, up 19.6 percent from a year ago.