Hyundai Sonata Seatbelt Buckles Under Investigation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an initial investigation into model year 2006-2008 Hyundai Sonata vehicles after receiving more than 80 customer complaints and early warning reporting data from the company.
The investigation could potentially affect about 394,000 vehicles.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) is investigating reports of a malfunctioning sensor inside the seatbelt buckle, which could keep it from tightening or keep the airbag from deploying during a crash.
According to ODI, in the majority of the reports the airbag warning light became illuminated, signaling a fault in the system. In these cases the seatbelt assembly needed to be repaired or replaced.
ODI's preliminary investigation will analyze the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged incidents.