Nearly 978,000 Hyundai Sonatas are now under recall upon learning that the vehicle’s front seat belts may become loose during a collision. The defective seatbelt has been linked to only one minor injury thus far.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this Hyundai recall affects Sonatas from model years 2011 through 2014, as well as 2011 through 2015 of the Sonata Hybrid models. Despite how widespread the Hyundai recall appears, it is likely that only one percent of the recalled Sonatas actually have the defect, which is believed to be caused by a faulty connector not latching entirely during assembly.
“Hyundai will notify all owners of affected vehicles by first-class mail to return to their Hyundai dealer to verify the connection between the seat belt linkage and the anchor pretensioner’s cable connector for both front seat belts,” the Hyundai recall report states.
Hyundai Motor Co. manufactured the recalled hybrid Sonata vehicles between Dec. 2, 2010, and Jan. 9, 2015; the non-hybrid cars were made by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama from Dec. 11, 2009, through May 29, 2014. Production of these vehicles has since stopped.
“As always, we are initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of our vehicles and the continued satisfaction of Hyundai customers,” Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor told Law360 on Thursday.