HYUNDAI has expanded its recall to address seat belt pretensioner issues in two of its most popular sedans.
The recall has grown from hundreds of Hyundai examples to 240,000 vehicles.
Hyundai’s targeted seat belt tensioners can explode in an accident.
Pretensioners lock seat belt retractors to secure passengers.
Verve Times reports that this explosion “drives a piston that turns the spool holding the seat belt, forcing it to retract rapidly and pull the occupant tight, securing them in place before the airbags deploy.” “
Hyundai’s problem is that the seat belt pretensioners can allow an uncontrolled explosion, spreading dangerous shrapnel throughout the cabin.
Hyundai has confirmed three seat belt pretensioner incidents that have happened to customers in their vehicles.
Two of the three confirmed incidents occurred in the US and the other in Singapore.
The recalled models are 2019-2022 Accents and 2021-2023 Elantras.
Hyundai’s pretensioner problem appears to be due to a hardware failure.
Verve Times reports that Hyundai has discovered microfractures in the umbilical tube that attaches the device’s inflator to the seat belt pretensioner.
Other Hyundai models have not proven to be problematic in this area.
This discrepancy shows that Hyundai’s problem is more of a fundamental design flaw than a few bad apples.
Drivers who own or lease a 2019-2022 Accent or 2021-2023 Elantra should schedule an appointment with their nearest Hyundai Certified Dealer.
A Hyundai Certified Dealer employs service center technicians who are specially trained to understand the nuances that define each Hyundai model.
Your average corner garage will employ technicians who have more general automotive training to appeal to a broader customer base.
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