Hyundai seat belt pretensioner exploded: recall announced

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The occupant of the Hyundai suffers injuries when the pyrotechnic-type seat belt pretensioner exploded.

– Hyundai seat belt pretensioners can explode when deployed in Hyundai Elantra, Elantra HEV, Venue, Genesis GV80 and 2022 Genesis GV70 2021 vehicles.

Seat belt pretensioners tighten seat belts around occupants in the event of an accident, but pretensioners depend on small bursts to quickly tighten seat belts.

A pyrotechnic deployment of the pretensioner could send metal fragments flying over the occupants.

Nearly 1,300 Hyundai vehicles have been recalled, with around 280 of those recalled in Canada following a crash and injury. But the automaker doesn’t know what caused the seat belt pretensioner to explode.

The driver and passenger front seat belt pretensioners come from a specific production batch containing pyrotechnic type pretensioners. According to Hyundai, the recall will be used to collect parts for analysis.

The government contacted Hyundai in September about a lawsuit filed after a 2021 Hyundai Elantra crash in which the driver’s seat belt pretensioner exploded and injured an occupant.

Hyundai says that as the parts are picked up from the recall, the investigation into the root cause of the pretensioner explosion will continue until the automaker knows what’s really going on.

Hyundai seat belt pretensioners recall notices will be mailed on December 10, 2021, then dealers will replace the seat belt pretensioners.

Hyundai and Genesis owners with doubts can call 855-371-9460 and inquire about the callback number 211 or 009G.

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