Hyundai is recalling 239,000 vehicles in the U.S. because seat belt pretensioners could explode and injure 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, affects approximately 61,000 accents of 2019-2022, 166,000 Elantra 2021-2023 and 12,000 Elantra HEV 2021-2022, or hybrid electric vehicles revocation notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Cars repaired as part of the previous recall will need to be re-delivered to dealerships for a new remedy.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by first class mail and will be able to contact the dealership, where seat belt pretensioners will be installed free of charge with a cap. Cars that are no longer covered by Hyundai’s warranty are eligible for repair. The automaker also reimburses owners for the marginal costs they incur to correct the defect.
Hyundai is expected to notify owners by July 15, NHTSA reported. 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 medium-sized cars in the US because fuel hoses can leak into the engine compartment and cause a fire. This recall applies to some 2013 and 2014 Sonata sedans, many of which were revoked due to the same problem in 2020.