Over 5,000 Hyundai cars urgently recalled over serious injury risk

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Thousands of Hyundai car owners have been issued with an urgent recall notice after a manufacturing issue was found that could pose "serious injury" to vehicle occupants.

On Monday, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications issued a recall of more than 5,000 Hyundai i30 Sedans (CN7), which were manufactured between 2020 and 2022.

Hyundai car logo on front grill
The recall impacts 5,122 Hyundai cars in Australia. Source: Getty

The recall notice, which includes "all variants within this model", affects 5,122 Hyundai cars in Australia.

"Due to a (manufacturing) issue, the seat belt pre-tensioner inflator may fracture when deployed in the event of an accident," reads the official recall notice.

Manufacturing error may cause 'serious injury'

The recall notice warns Hyundai i30 drivers of the potential hazards posed by the defect, which could cause serious injury to the driver and passengers.

"If the seat belt pre-tensioner inflator fractures, metal fragments may be propelled at high speed towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury," it warns.

While this may be alarming to owners of these vehicles, the government assures drivers that the Hyundai Motor Company Australia will reach out to rectify the issue immediately.

Hyundai i30 Sedans front and back view
Owners of Hyundai i30 Sedans (CN7) have been alerted to a seatbelt manufacturing issue. Source: Hyundai

Hyundai cars to be inspected and rectified, free of charge

"Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Hyundai Motor Company Australia in writing, requesting to make an appointment with their preferred authorised Hyundai dealership to have the component inspected and rectified, free of charge."

The government department provided a full list of VIN, or vehicle identification numbers, on the recall page, so owners can check to see if their vehicle is on the recall list.

Alternatively, anyone who is concerned their car may be affected by the defective component can contact the Hyundai Customer Care Team on 1800 186 306.

Almost 94,000 cars recalled over possibly deadly brake defect

Hyundai car owners aren't the only drivers to receive an urgent recall notice in August.

Earlier this month, almost 94,000 Aussie motorists were issued recalls after "possibly deadly" defects were found in certain Subaru and Holden car models.

Almost 80,000 Subaru cars were recalled due to a "brake booster" defect, which affects owners of Liberty sedans, Outback wagons, Levorg wagons, and WRX sedans made between 2015 and 2018.

Around 14,000 owners of Holden ZB Commodores, made between 2017 to 2020, were also warned of issues with the vehicle's Electronic Park Brake (EPB) adaptor cord connector.

In both cases, impacted Subaru and Holden car owners were warned that the brake defect "could increase the risk of an accident causing serious injury or death to vehicle occupants and/or other road users".

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