Hyundai is issuing a recall of 977,778 Hyundai Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids due to its seat belts that could detach and possibly put drivers’ lives at risk.
This recall consist of models from 2011-2014 standard Sonatas produced between December 11, 2009 to May 29, 2014 and 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrids constructed between December 2, 2010 to January 9, 2015.
According to AutoBlog, this problem stems from manufacturing processes which failed to ensure that the Sonatas have had the seat belt properly attached to the anchor pretensioner.
The seat belt is connected to the anchor once the anchor has been fixed and it is likely that the seat belt failed to completely fit into the anchor during assembly, according to NHTSA recall information.
This is a real safety risk as if the seat belts were not properly attached, it can detach from the anchor during a collision and may lead to an injury.
However, no injuries have been reported, so far. Hyundai is requesting all owners to bring in their vehicles to dealerships to check their seat belt assembly to ensure that it has properly latched on. If there is a problem, the dealer will carry out the fix for zero cost.