Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 hyundai sonata hybrid
Hyundai is recalling more than 1,600 model-year 2011 and 2012 Sonata Hybrid sedans in dealership inventory due to a backseat center seat belt, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall could affect about 13,000 more vehicles pending a NHTSA decision.

The affected vehicles were manufactured starting on Dec. 2, 2010, and shipped to dealers through March 7, 2012. The seat belts in question are acceptable for use in non-hybrid Sonatas where the center seat folds flat. They're detachable to allow for the seat movement to gain access to the trunk. But NHTSA regulations don't allow this feature if the rear seat is fixed, as is the case with the hybrid version of the sedan.

Hyundai will install a fixed belt on the 1,633 Sonata Hybrid sedans that are still in dealer inventory. For the remaining 13,095 affected vehicles that have already been sold, the automaker filed a petition of exemption "on the basis that the noncompliance described is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety," according to NHTSA. This means that Hyundai wouldn't have to fix the issue in cars already sold if NHTSA allows the petition.

If the petition is denied, Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected seat belt free of charge. Owners can call NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

Comments 

Derrick G

The issue isn't that a belt could detach and leave someone unrestrained. The issue is the release can release both the should and lap belt portion at the lower anchor point, which is a violation of standards, but doesn't mean that once someone buckled the whole thing back they might still become unrestrained. Hyundai knew the rule, so I don't know why they're bucking this, but it doesn't, like the article makes it sound like, mean that anyone who buckled up could become unbuckled without their doing it.

Derrick G

Errr, shoulder and lap, not should.

Derrick G

Jennifer,

Great job following up on my comments and revising the post. I haven't seen anyone else so fully explain the issue, especially as it related to non-hybrid versions.

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