The South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co has recently recalled about 14,000 of their mid-sized sedans in the United States as well as in Canada. The company says that the Sonatas which were built between April 25th and December 4th last year experience a defect in the front seat passenger belt buckle, the company said on Thursday. Their Official Press Release Statement states,
“We recently notified NHTSA of a safety recall we are initiating in the U.S. to repair or replace the front passenger seat belt buckle in approximately 129,000 2015 Sonatas that were built beginning April 25, 2014 through December 4, 2014. We are initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of the vehicles and the continued satisfaction of our customers.
In some cases, if the front passenger seat belt “tongue” is inserted into the buckle forcibly at an angle, the buckle may jam, preventing the front passenger from fastening the seat belt. The front passenger’s seat belt warning lamp will illuminate if the front passenger seat belt is not buckled while the seat is occupied. This condition does not result in partial latching of the belt and does not affect the driver or rear passenger seat belt buckles. There are no reports of injuries attributed to this condition.”
The company further added that the dealers would either repair the seat belts or would replace them at no cost of the customer. They also said that the repairing process would take just a couple of hours.