It added that the vehicle’s dashboard will flash a warning light if the seat belt is not properly bucked.
Hyundai said that if the metal tongue on the belt is forced into the buckle at an angle, the buckle can jam and won’t fasten. Should that occur, the belt won’t work as intended during a collision or abrupt stop.
Subject to the recall are Sonatas produced between April 25 and December 4 previous year, according to the automaker.
The company is said to be unaware of any accidents or injuries among the 140,000 defective vehicles sold in the United States and Canada. In the meantime, if you own a Sonata and have questions, we encourage you to contact Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151. Hyundai has said that it has already notified NHTSA of a safety recall and all those cars affected with the problem will either get a free fix or replacement, which should take just about an hour. “This condition does not result in partial latching of the belt and does not affect the driver or rear passenger seat belt buckles”, says Hyundai in its press release.