Seatbelt glitch prompts recall
HYUNDAI has recalled its popular ix35 for a production defect on the tensioning cable in the seatbelt pretensioner, with insecure crimping meaning the cable could be unleashed and injure occupants or fail to offer full seatbelt restraint in an accident.
The recall affects 6552 of the top-selling small Hyundai SUV, which last year led its segment with 19,098 sales — overtaking the 2012 leader Nissan Dualis with a resounding distance to its 12,434 sales.
The build dates affected by the recall are from August 23, 2011 to 24 February, 2012, and the VIN range is KMHJT81BLCU373966 to KMHJU81VSCU485865.
The VIN number can be found on the build plate in the engine bay.
Hyundai says the defect has not been responsible for any injuries in Australia, and that the seatbelts will still continue to operate and protect occupants.
‘‘There have been no incidents here yet,’’ Hyundai spokesman Guido Schenken said.
‘‘The defect only affects the pretensioner, so the rest of the seatbelt mechanism works fine. The fix will take about 30 minutes at the most.’’
Hyundai is notifying affected owners by letter, instructing them to return their ix35 to the nearest dealership, where the seatbelt pretensioner will be replaced.
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