A driver was injured in a car accident after the side-curtain airbag deployed, bringing with it a metal bracket that sliced his ear in half. The man was driving a new 2012 Hyundai Elantra when the incident occurred.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Hyundai will launch an investigation to see if the defect occurs in all the new Elantras. Hyundai says it has not received any other reports of injury and does not plan on issuing a recall at this time.

The Elantra, the automaker’s second best-selling car, was recently named the North American Car of the Year.

If you have been injured as a result of a defective airbag, contact the airbag defect attorneys  of Hankey Marks & Crider today at (317) 634-8565.