Hyundai recalls 239,00 vehicles over exploding seat belts

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May 25 (UPI) — Hyundai has recalled some 239,000 vehicles over reports that seat belts may explode “abnormally” during a crash.

The Seoul-based automaker said the pyrotechnic-type seat belt pretensioners may deploy, sending metal fragments into the interior compartment of the vehicle, possibly injuring occupants.

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said two people in the United States and one person in Singapore was injured by the seat belt problem.

The recall includes 2019-22 Hyundai Accents, 2021-23 Hyundai Elantras and 2021-22 Hyundai Elantra HEVs. The company said owners of the vehicle will be notified by mail to bring their vehicles to a Hyundai dealer to have repairs made at no cost.

The repair consists of attaching a cap to the seat belts’ pretensioners, which tighten the seat belts into place in the event of a crash.