Thousands of Genesis Vehicles Could Have Exploding Seatbelt Pretensioners

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Genesis has been widely praised for its recent vehicle releases, including the new GV60 EV and earlier models like the GV70 SUV. Though they’re fantastic vehicles, they aren’t immune to recalls, as the automaker recently recalled 65,517 units for potentially exploding seatbelt pretensioners.

The recall involves 65,517 Genesis vehicles, including certain 2020-2023 GV80s, 2021-2023 G80s, 2022-2023 GV70s, and 2023 GV60 EVs. The NHTSA said the seatbelt pretensioners could explode during a crash in these vehicles. The automaker said it is unaware of any injuries or accidents relating to the issue.

Pretensioners use a small explosive charge to move a piston and quickly retract the seatbelt in a crash. Recall documentation states that the vehicles’ pretensioner could “deploy abnormally in certain crashes due to over-pressurization of the pretensioner pipe.” If that happens, the unit could send metal fragments into the cabin.

Genesis will notify owners by mid-April and said its dealers would secure the seatbelt pretensioners with a cap if necessary. This recall follows a previous action in late 2021, which included some of the same vehicles. Genesis said the new recall supersedes and expands that action and noted that previously repaired vehicles would still need to be seen for the latest fix.   

[Image: Genesis]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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