Hyundai recalls 239,000 cars for exploding seat belt parts

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Korean automaker Hyundai is recalling 239,000 cars because seat belt parts could burst and injure occupants

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WASHINGTON – Hyundai is recalling 239,000 cars in the US because seat belt pretensioners could explode and injure occupants. Three injured have been reported, two in the US and one in Singapore.

In a letter to the Korean automaker, government regulators said driver and front passenger seat belt pretensioners could explode upon deployment and send shrapnel throughout the vehicle. Pretensioners tighten belts in preparation for an accident.

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The recall, which expands and replaces the previous three recalls, includes the 2019-2022 Accent, 2021-2023 Elantras and the 2021-2022 Elantra HEV, or hybrid electric vehicle. Vehicles that were repaired under the previous recall will need to be brought back to the dealership for the new remedy.

For more information, owners can contact Hyundai Customer Service at 1-855-371-9460 and reference recall number 229. They can also call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.nhtsa.gov.

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