Hyundai Motor America is recalling 239,000 2019-2022 Accent, 2021-2023 Elantra, and 2021-2022 Elantra HEV vehicles – in effect recalling a failed recall. The front driver-side and/or passenger-side seat belt pretensioners may explode upon deployment sending metal fragments into the vehicle, striking vehicle occupants.
This safety defect recall expands and replaces NHTSA recall numbers 21V-796, 22V-069, 22V-218, and 22V-123 for Accent, Elantra, and Elantra HEV vehicles. All Accent, Elantra, and Elantra HEV vehicles already repaired under the previous recalls will need to have the new repair remedy completed. (AutoInformed: Hyundai, Kia Recall 2022 Seat Belts for Shrapnel Explosions)
Dealers will secure the seat belt pretensioner’s micro gas generator and delivery pipe with a cap to prevent potential abnormal deployment. The safety defect recall will be performed free of charge as required by US regulations. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 15, 2022. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460 for instructions to bring their vehicles to a Hyundai dealer. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 229.