More than 230,000 Hyundai Elantras and Accents have been hit by an explosive seat belt tensioner.

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Hyundai has announced a new recall involving 239,000 vehicles. Latest models emphasis, as well as Elantra, will need a special cap, which, according to Hyundai, eliminates the risk of injury in the event of an accident. Without this there is a chance that the seat belt tensioner in these cars could explode.

The Korean carmaker told NHTSA that at this stage of the investigation he is aware of three incidents involving the explosion of seat belt pretensioners. The first was reported to the brand back in September 2021, and immediately launched a full-scale investigation.

According to documents submitted to NHTSA, it is a 2021 Hyundai Elantra, “where the driver’s seat belt pretensioner allegedly worked abnormally, causing metal fragments to hit the rear cab and injure the passenger’s leg.”

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Over the next few months, Hyundai continued to investigate the issue and looked for other similar cases. On December 3, 2021, a second incident was reported, this time in Puerto Rico. Somewhat surprisingly, the pretensioner in this case was manufactured 13 months before what was from the first incident.

Then, in February this year, a third incident was reported with a tensioner explosion that occurred in Singapore. Prior to that, Hyundai had a recall issued other recalls hoping to cover the affected vehicles. Due to the broad nature of these reports, this new recall covers even more vehicles.

Although the specific and exact cause is still unknown, Hyundai has hired another engineering firm Exponent to come up with a solution to mitigate threats. Eventually, they identified a microgas generator inside the pretensioner as the cause of the explosion.

Exponent has created a cap that will secure this microgas generator and eliminate stressful locations that could potentially increase the risk of abnormal deployment. It should also be noted that the three incidents occurred only in connection with an accident or collision, so there is no reason to expect that they happen by accident.

Hyundai has already begun the process of notifying owners via first-class mail, and they will install a cap on the affected cars for free. Owners of 2021 or 2022 Accent models or 2021 to 2023 Elantra models can contact your local dealer to find out if their car is damaged before receiving the letter.

More than 230,000 Hyundai Elantras and Accents have been hit by an explosive seat belt tensioner.

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