Being involved in a car crash is bad enough without parts of your seat belt exploding, but it’s just such a problem Hyundai seeks to resolve in its latest recall for 239,000 late-model Accent and Elantra sedans.
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Affected vehicles specifically include model-year 2019-22 Accents, model-year 2021-23 Elantras and model-year 2021-22 Elantra Hybrids. In the event of a crash, the front driver- or passenger-side seat belt pretensioners may explode upon deployment, projecting metal fragments that could strike occupants and result in injury.
The resolution for dealers is straightforward: Seat belt pretensioners will be secured with a cap for free. Hyundai will begin notifying owners starting July 15, but those with further questions can call the automaker at 855-371-9460 (Hyundai’s number for this recall is 229), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit its website to check your vehicle identification number and learn more.
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