The Problem: The seat belt linkages for both front seat belts may detach from the seat belt anchor pretensioners, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. There have been no deaths reported in relation to the seat belt glitch. During vehicle assembly, the anchor pretensioner is fastened to the sill prior to being connected to the seat belt linkage. Although the Sonata hybrid is built in South Korea, Hyundai is also including that model in the recall and has not specified an exact remedy.
Seoul-based Hyundai said it may have been caused by a loose hook that had failed to fully lock the seatbelt and led to an accident incurring a minor injury.
The recall affects 977,778 vehicles registered in the U.S.
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Owner's may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460.
The recall covers Sonata midsize sedans from model years 2011 through 2014, as well as the Sonata hybrid from model years 2011 through 2015. As a result, the company chose to conduct the recall, but continues to work with the supplies to investigate the issues.
Owners will be notified what they need to do to fix the problem, beginning on April 7.