Hyundai recalls almost 1 million Sonatas over seat belt defect

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Hyundai is recalling about 978,000 vehicles in the USA because the front seat belts could detach and fail to protect passengers during a crash.

Hyundai and the seat belt supplier continue to investigate this issue, the company said in its filing with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The last thing you want in a collision is a seat belt that comes detached from its moorings. If that's the case, a collision might cause the linkage to separate from the pretensioner.

It is unclear how much damage the flaw has caused, but there is at least one minor injury that Hyundai is aware of, which is not that much considering how many vehicles it affects. It involves Sonata midsize cars from the 2011 to 2014 model years, along with Sonata hybrid models from the 2011 to 2015 model years. As a result, the company made a decision to conduct the recall, but continues to work with the supplies to investigate the issues. Dealers will inspect the seat belt anchor system in each Hyundai vehicle and determine whether or not they need to be fixed.

Hyundai is recalling 977,778 of its Sonata vehicles over problems with its seat belt assembly.

Owners will be notified of the recall beginning April 7.

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