Hyundai Sonata Seat Belt Recall

by Martin Pohl | Mar 9, 2017 | , ,

A Hyundai Sonata seat belt recall is being issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The recall includes 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonatas sedans (gas-powered), and 2011-2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids.  Both of these versions were manufactured in Alabama.

Hyundai Sonata Seat Belt Recall Hessig and PohlThe key issue involves seat belt anchors.  There’s a risk that the seat belts can detach from the anchor pretensioner.  The recall involves about 1,000,000 cars.

Hyundai is preparing to contact all vehicle owners by mail. If you’ve recently purchased a used Hyundai from a lot or an individual, you might want to contact a local dealer to determine how to get your car inspected and repaired.

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Report, “If the seat belt linkage detaches from the anchor pretensioner in a collision, the risk of injury to the occupant is increased.”

Hessig and Pohl handles car wrecks throughout Kentucky.  We’ve reviewed hundreds of photos of damaged vehicles.  Each time we investigate an accident, we’re amazed at how effectively the seat belts and airbags protect crash victims.  When one of those components is defective, the risk to the driver and passengers increases exponentially.  The Hyundai Sonata recall is a prime example.

Other Auto Makers with a Defective Seat Belt

Government agencies are issuing recalls at a record pace.  According to a CNBC story, “US auto recalls hit a record 53.2 million in 2016.”  The article goes on to say that much of that is due to the Takata air bag issue.  Even so, this represents a 7% increase over the 2015 recall data.

Last year, Ford issued recalls for many of its 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and 2013-2015 Lincoln MKZ.  These recalls were also related to a defective seat belt pretensioner.  The issues weren’t exactly the same as the Hyundai Sonata recall, but still presented serious injury risks.

Yes, we’re personal injury attorneys.  That doesn’t change the fact that we care about our community, our neighbors, our friends and our family members.  We know you do too.  That’s why we’re happy to post recall announcements.  We want to keep Kentucky drivers safe.

If you’re heading out on our Kentucky roadways, we hope you’ll drive safely.  We’re fortunate to live in a beautiful state.  Now that spring is here, many of us will be taking road trips for spring break, weekend getaways and vacations.  Enjoy your trip, but please remember to wear your seat belt.  It’s important.

 

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