The Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai is currently recalling 239,000 cars in the United States due to the possibility of seat belt pretensioners exploding. Pretensioners are designed to tighten the seat belts in preparation for a crash. This recall comes in the wake of massive vehicle recalls from last year, during which Hyundai Motor Company recalled almost one million vehicles according to reports.
So far, at least three people have been injured, and two of the injuries were people in the U.S. Currently, the United States government regulators have stated in a letter to the manufacturer that the front passenger seat belt pretensioners can explode upon deployment. If the pretensioners explode, it may send shrapnel throughout the vehicle.
The recall includes 2019 through 2022 Accents, the 2021 to 2023 Elantra, and the 2021-2022 Elantra hybrid electric. Vehicles that were repaired under the previous recall will now need to be brought to a dealership for additional repairs and modifications.
According to Hyundai, consumers may take their vehicle to the dealership for the vehicle to be fitted with a cap at no cost. The NTSB or National Highway Transportation and Safety Board, expects consumers to be notified by mid-July. For more information, owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460 or by visiting the NTSB’s website.
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