Affecting 6552 Hyundai ix35 Series I SUVs built between August 2011 and February 2012, the recall stems from the tensioning cable in the pretensioner assembly not being securely crimped.
According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, the defective tensioning cable may be unleashed, potentially causing injury to vehicle occupants.
“If the cable breaks during pretensioner deployment, the cable will not be able to restrain the occupant to its full capacity during an accident," the notice says.
Hyundai Australia says there have been no reports of any incidents locally and that the fault does not affect normal operation of the seatbelts.
The local division of the South Korean car maker is contacting owners of the affected vehicles by mail, with inspections and replacements (if required) of the seatbelt tensioner to take no more than 30 minutes to complete.
The compact SUV was the best-selling vehicle in its class in 2013, with sales of 19,098 (up 66.5 per cent on 2012).
The updated Hyundai ix35 Series II launched in Australia in November, introducing a number of engine, suspension, specification and styling changes.