Hyundai recalls 239,000 cars in the US over seatbelt issue

May 23, 2022 — Hyundai Motor America has recalled 239,000 cars in the United States and 42,000 in Canada because seatbelt pretensioners can explode in a crash and injure occupants with metal fragments, Reuters reported.

Two injuries in the United States and one in Singapore were reported due to the pretenders. The cars covered by the recall are 2019-2022 Accents, 2021-2023 Elantras and 2021-2022 Elantra hybrid vehicles, Reuters said.

Consumer Reports said the pretensioners are designed to use a controlled explosion to tighten the seat belt in a crash. On the recalled vehicles, the pretensioners could explode in a way that sends metal fragments inside the car, according to Consumer Reports.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Hyundai to investigate after hearing of a crash involving a 2021 Elantra in which the driver’s side seatbelt pretensioner allegedly sent metal fragments into an occupant’s leg, said said Reuters.

The recall expands and replaces four earlier recalls involving seat belts. Owners of Hyundai vehicles that were previously recalled and repaired will need to return to dealerships to have the pretensioners sealed with a cap, Reuters said, citing NHTSA.

Hyundai should notify owners of the recall by July 15, Consumer Reports said.