Hyundai had recalled 239,000 vehicles following injuries to three people when a part of their seatbelt exploded in their car.
According to The Associated Press, two of the injuries were reported from the U.S. One was reported from Singapore.
This recall follows Hyundai’s earlier U.S. recall of 215,000 cars over fuel hose leakage that could cause engine fires.
In a notice, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that 1% of the recalled cars could have a defect in their seatbelt pretensioners.
Pretensioners fasten the seatbelts to protect vehicle occupants from being thrown forward in case of a collision.
Modern vehicles are equipped with seatbelt tensioners that can be triggered pyrotechnically.
The part in Hyundai’s recalled cars could malfunction and cause metal shrapnel to enter the vehicle, leading to injury for the occupants.
What cars are subject to recall?
The South Korean automaker has recalled three models.
These include the 2019-2022 Hyundai Accent and the 2021-2023 Hyundai Elantra, and the hybrid electric 2021-2022 Hyundai Elantra.
All affected models are 4-door.
In the recall notice, the NHTSA stated that Hyundai was “actively researching [the] root cause.”
What should you do if your vehicle is on the list?
All owners of the affected vehicles will receive a notice by mail informing them to bring their vehicles to a Hyundai dealer. There, Who will turn on the seat belt pre-tensioners micro gas generator, and the delivery pipe will be sealed with a cap to prevent any “potentially abnormal deployment.”
The NHTSA stated that the cap would secure the pre-tensioners micro gas generator, controlling and ensuring proper gas deployment.
If vehicle owners or Hyundai dealers need immediate action, Who will notify them on July 15.
Who can reach Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460? Please reference recall number 229.
You can reach the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-44236 or www.nhtsa.gov.
Hyundai fixes recall free of charge.
Hyundai will fix the problem for owners of all affected vehicles at no cost, regardless of whether Hyundai’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty still covers them.
Who will reimburse the owners of the cars in question for any out-of-pocket costs incurred to fix their vehicles?
Will Hyundai Replace the Car?
Hyundai didn’t say that it would replace the recalled vehicles but said it would offer complimentary repairs.
According to the car manufacturer, it has been building cars since May 16 using a vent valve in the seat belt pre-tensioners micro gas generator pipe.
All the Hyundai vehicles built since May 23 have been fitted with a micro gas generator pipe cap.