Seat­belt gl­itch prompts re­call

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By KARLA PIN­COTT

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.

This reporter is on Twit­ter: @Kar­laPin­cott

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