WASHINGTON — Hyundai is recalling nearly 240,000 vehicles because defective parts in its seat belts pose a risk of exploding.
In documents filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Hyundai said that in the event of a crash, the pretensioners in the front driver-side and/or passenger-side seat belts may explode. Pretensioners tighten seatbelts in preparation for a crash, The Associated Press reported.
The recall includes 61,000 2019-2022 Accents, 166,000 2021-2023 Elantras and 12,000 2021-2022 Elantra HEV vehicles, according to documents filed with NHTSA.
The recall expands and replaces three previous recalls, and vehicles repaired under previous recalls will need to be brought back to dealerships again for a new repair, the AP reported.
Three injuries have been reported in connection with the faulty seat belts — two in the United States and one in Singapore, the AP reported.
Hyundai said it plans to start notifying dealers and owners on July 15.
For more information, contact Hyundai at 1-855-371-9460 and reference recall number 229, or contact the NHTSA Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).
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