Seatbelt Notification Malfunction Leads to Hyundai Recall

Seatbelt Notification Malfunction Leads to Hyundai Recall
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March 21, 2016

Hyundai has announced a recall for an SUV due to defective seatbelts.

The automaker is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Santa Fe vehicles. In the affected models, the wires in the front seatbelt buckle harnesses may be damaged by the seat's height adjuster mechanism, resulting in a failure to provide an audible warning when front seat occupants do not fasten their seat belts.

Without a warning, front seat occupants may forget to buckle their seatbelt, increasing their risk of injury in the event of a crash.

This defect puts these vehicles in violation of the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

Hyundai is including about 34,000 vehicles in this recall.

The manufacturer will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and reroute the wires in the front seat belt buckle harnesses to their proper locations, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 6, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Hyundai customer service at (800) 633-5151.