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News Over 280,000 North American Hyundai Vehicles Recalled, 42,000 in Canada

Over 280,000 North American Hyundai Vehicles Recalled, 42,000 in Canada

Hyundai is recalling two models due to a risk of the seat belt pretensionners exploding.

Hyundai‘s U.S. arm has announced a recall campaign involving 281,000 vehicles in North America, approximately 239,000 in the United States and 42,000 in Canada. Affected models may be equipped with seat belt pretensioners that could explode, throwing metal fragments and causing injury.

Seat belt pretensioners are part of a system that locks the seat belt in place during a crash to provide additional protection for occupants. In the event of a collision, this component designed for passenger safety, whether on the driver’s or front passenger’s side, could explode upon deployment.

The planned repair for dealers is quite simple. Indeed, it is with the help of a cap that this problem will be repaired. It should be noted that this new recall campaign replaces or expands four previous recalls. According to Automotive News, the NHTSA informed Hyundai last September of an incident involving a 2021 Elantra in which the driver’s seatbelt pretensioner deployed abnormally, causing metal fragments and injuring an occupant’s leg in the process.

The models affected by this new recall campaign are: the 2019 to 2022 Hyundai Accent subcompact and the two versions of the Hyundai Elantra compact sedan, one with a combustion engine (2021-2023) and the other with a hybrid engine (2021-2022).

The automaker will continue to investigate other vehicles that could be added to this recall, including the Venue small urban SUV and the two Genesis brand SUVs, the GV70 and GV90.

Hyundai Accent
2020 Hyundai Accent | Photo: Hyundai

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