Hyundai’s North American division has announced a large—scale recall of two sedans – Accent and Elantra. The action is held because of a dangerous defect: it turned out that the seat belt tensioners can explode during a collision. At the same time, metal fragments that can harm passengers can fly into the cabin. In total, 239 thousand cars sold in the United States since 2019 have fallen under the service action.
The list of problematic cars includes 61 thousand copies of Hyundai Accent, released from April 22, 2019, to May 22, 2022, by the Mexican plant Kia Motor Mexico. Another 166 thousand are younger Elantra sedans assembled from September 12, 2020, to May 22, 2022, at the Hyundai site in Alabama. Also, problems were found in 12 thousand of hybrid Elantra sedans assembled from December 15, 2020, to May 9, 2022. All cars were manufactured for sale in the USA.
The reason for the recall is defective seat belts. It turned out that during the accident, the belt tensioners can explode and “throw” metal fragments into the cabin. On the recalled cars, the micro-gas generator and the pressure pipe will be silenced to exclude abnormal operations. This will be done for free.
Hyundai still does not know what exactly is the issue with the belts of the Korean company Samsung, although it learned about the dangerous defect last fall. Then the driver’s belt tensioner on the Elantra exploded, and metal fragments injured the passenger. After that, about a thousand Hyundai and Genesis cars were recalled, and by the spring of 2022, more than six thousand copies joined them.