Hyundai, Kia recall 239,000 vehicles due to exploding seatbelt pretensioner

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Hyundai, Kia recall 239,000 vehicles due to exploding seatbelt pretensioner

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that Hyundai is recalling 239,000 vehicles due to an exploding seatbelt pretensioner.

The impacted vehicles include Hyundai Accents manufactured between 2019 and 2022, Elantras manufactured from 2021 -- 2023 and Elantra HEVs manufactured between 2021 and 2022, according to the NHTSA. An exploding seat belt pretensioner can project metal fragments into vehicle, strike vehicle occupants and cause injury, the NHTSA wrote.

The recall comes about three months after Hyundai and Kia announced the recall of 485,000 vehicles in February. The pair of Korean automakers warned customers not to park their vehicles outdoors and away from other vehicles due to a spontaneous fire risk.

There were 11 fires associated with the recall in the U.S., but there were no injuries. The vehicles' anti-lock breaking systems have a short circuit that caused the fires to occur, according to investigators.