Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) has issued a recall (22V-816) affecting certain 2023 Genesis G80 Electric, 2021-2022 Santa Fe Hybrid, and 2022-2023 Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid vehicles. These vehicles have front driver-side and/or passenger-side seat belt pretensioners that could explode under certain deployment conditions.

This is the seventh recall issued by Hyundai for seat belt pretensioner problems. Hyundai has determined that the subject vehicles were manufactured with driver/passenger pyrotechnic-type seat belt pretensioners that may deploy abnormally in certain crashes due to over pressurization of the pretensioner pipe. The potential of a pretensioner exploding is dependent on vehicle characteristics, pretensioner load limiter specifications, airbag control unit logic, crash duration and severity.


Hyundai first became aware of the problem in September 2021, when they were contacted by the NHTSA’s ODI about an incident involving a 2021 model year Hyundai Elantra. The driver-side seat belt pretensioner allegedly deployed abnormally, causing metal fragments to enter the rear cabin and injuring an occupant’s leg. The NHTSA was notified of the incident by a law firm representing the operator of the incident vehicle.

According to the defect report, the front driver-side and/or passenger-side seat belt pretensioners in the subject vehicles were installed from a suspect production lot containing pyrotechnic-type pretensioners that may deploy abnormally during a crash. At the time, the cause of the abnormal deployment was unknown. Hyundai decided to recall vehicles equipped with pretensioners produced within the same production lot.

Recall 21V-796 vehicles affected include:

2021 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Hyundai Elantra HEV
2021 Hyundai Venue
2022 Genesis GV70
2021 Genesis GV80

Recall 22V-069 vehicles affected include:

2020-2021 Hyundai Accent

Recall 22V-123 vehicles affected include:

2022 Hyundai Elantra
2022 Hyundai Elantra HEV

Recall 22V-218 vehicles affected include:

2020 Hyundai Accent
2021-2022 Hyundai Elantra

Recall 22V-354 vehicles affected include:

2020-2022 Hyundai Accent
2021-2022 Hyundai Elantra
2021-2022 Hyundai Elantra HEV

Recall 22V-458 vehicles affected include:

2020-2022 Hyundai Venue

Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their Hyundai dealer to have the seat belt pretensioners secured with a cap. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 238/011G.