Hyundai is recalling 239,000 vehicles due to an exploding seatbelt pretensioner, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.
Affected vehicles include Hyundai Accents manufactured between 2019 and 2022; Elantras manufactured from 2021 to 2023 and Elantra HEVs manufactured between 2021 and 2022, according to NHTSA. Owners of affected vehicles should receive notification letters by July 15.
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“An exploding seatbelt pretensioner can throw metal fragments into the vehicle, striking vehicle occupants and causing injury,” NHTSA wrote of the malfunction.
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The recall comes about three months after Hyundai and Kia announced the recall of 485,000 vehicles in February. Both Korean automakers have warned customers to park their vehicles outside and away from other vehicles due to the risk of spontaneous fires.
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There were 11 fires associated with the recall reported in the United States, although there were no injuries. Investigators say the fires were caused by a short circuit in the vehicles’ anti-lock braking systems.