Hyundai’s latest recall is associated with seatbelts that can spray shrapnel under certain circumstances. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), recalled vehicles come with seatbelt pretensioners that, if deployed in the event of an accident, may explode. If an explosion occurs, small metal parts can fly into the vehicle’s cabin, increasing the risk of a serious personal injury.
This issue was reportedly linked to two injuries in the United States and one in Singapore.
In order to prevent further injuries and keep drivers and passengers safe, Hyundai is recalling 239,000 units of the 2019 through 2022 Hyundai Accents, the 2021 through 2023 Elantras, and the 2021 and 2022 Elantra Hybrids.
Safety Feature In Impacted Vehicle Puts Occupants At Risk Of Personal Injury
Seatbelts are designed to help prevent serious and potentially deadly personal injuries in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, impacted Hyundai vehicles were fitted with seatbelt pretensioners that can fail.
Instead of tightening the belts in preparation for a crash as these devices are designed to do, the detonation of the charge meant to retract the belt might happen with too much force, causing shrapnel to fly into the cabin.
Regulators with the NHTSA announced that the firm is still investigating to identify the factor that might be causing this problem.
In order to help keep consumers safe, Hyundai will reach out to impacted car owners by mid-July and ask them to schedule a visit to a dealership where a cap will be added to the pretensioners for free.
Never Postpone Recall-Related Repairs
Automakers usually contact owners via mail when a safety recall is announced. Unfortunately, many car owners move and fail to update their contact information with the automaker. As a result, drivers often do not receive any recall alert in the mail.
In order to keep your vehicle well maintained, reach out to your car’s manufacturer to make sure it has your updated information. In addition, you can check the NHTSA recalls website for details on any open recalls that might impact your vehicle.
For more on Hyundai’s latest recall, follow this link.