Government regulators said the problem was related to driver and front passenger seat belt pretensioners tightening their seat belts in preparation for the crash.
Washington – Hyundai recalls 239,000 cars in the U.S. because seat belt pretensioners can explode and injure car passengers. Three were reported injured, two in the US and one in Singapore.
In a letter to the Korean automaker, government regulators said driver and front passenger seat belt pretensioners could explode when deployed and send shrapnel across the vehicle. Preparing for an accident, tensioners tighten their belts.
The recall, which extends and replaces the three previous recalls, includes Accents 2019-2022, 2021-2023 Elantras and Elantra HEV 2021-2022, or hybrid electric vehicles. Cars repaired as part of the previous recall will need to be re-delivered to dealerships for a new remedy.
Owners will be able to deliver their recalled cars free of charge to dealerships, where seat belt pretensioners will be equipped with a cap. Hyundai is expected to notify owners by July 15, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
For more information, owners can contact Hyundai Support at 1-855-371-9460 and call 229. They can also call the NHTSA Car Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www .nhtsa.gov.
Earlier this month, Hyundai recalled more than 215,000 mid-size vehicles in the U.S. – most for the second time – because fuel hoses could leak into the engine compartment and cause a fire.
The recall concerns some 2013 and 2014 Sonata sedans, many of which were recalled due to the same problem in 2020.
This is stated in documents released on Wednesday US security regulators that the low pressure fuel hose may crack over time due to heat from the engine. This can cause fuel leakage and increase the risk of fire.