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Hyundai recalls 239,000 cars for exploding seat belt parts

ByRandall B. Phelps

May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Hyundai is recalling 239,000 cars in the United States because seat belt pretensioners can explode and injure vehicle occupants. Three injuries were reported, two in the United States and one in Singapore.

In a letter to the Korean automaker, government regulators said the driver’s and front passenger’s seatbelt pretensioners can explode when deployed and send shrapnel throughout the vehicle. The pretensioners tighten the belts in anticipation of an accident.

The recall, which expands and replaces three previous recalls, includes 2019-2022 Accents, 2021-2023 Elantras and 2021-2022 Elantra HEVs, or hybrid electric vehicles. Vehicles repaired under previous recalls will need to be returned to dealerships for the new remedy.

Owners will be able to take their recalled vehicles to dealerships where seat belt pretensioners will be capped at no charge. Hyundai should notify owners by July 15, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said.

For more information, owners can contact Hyundai Customer Service at 1-855-371-9460 and reference the recall number 229. Owners can also call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.nhtsa.gov. [Copyright 2022 NPR]