Hyundai recalls 239,000 cars due to explosion of seat belt parts – NBC10 Philadelphia
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, includes Accents 2019-2022, 2021-2023 Elantras and Elantra HEV 2021-2022, or hybrid electric vehicles. Vehicles 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 get a link to 229. They can also call the NHTSA Car Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.nhtsa.gov.