The Hyundai recall applies to Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years, and includes 14,728 vehicles. The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says these models do not meet the federal safety standard for “occupant crash protection.”
Motor Trend says that the rear center seatbelt can be detached, but that feature is only allowed in vehicles with a folding rear seat. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s rear seat does not fold, and as a result, the vehicle doesn’t meet safety standards.
Hyundai dealers are replacing the center rear seatbelts in about 1,600 models that are still in dealership inventory. “However, Hyundai believes it doesn't need to fix the seat belt issue with all Sonata hybrids—or notify all affected Sonata owner, as required by the usual federal safety recall procedures,” says Consumer Reports. Hyundai Motor Company plans to issue a petition of exemption for the 13,095 vehicles that have already been delivered to customers.
“This means that Hyundai wouldn't have to fix the issue in cars already sold if NHTSA allows the petition,” says Cars.com. “If the petition is denied, Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected seat belt free of charge.”
If you have questions about the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid recall and how it affects you, call NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.
Separately, Volvo issued a recall affecting 2,742 Volvo S60 sedans and XC60 compact SUVs from the 2012 model year. NHTSA says that “an incorrect mixture of underbody coating and over-application can result in rigid, icicle-like areas hanging from vehicle’s undercarriage.” The underbody coating can puncture fuel lines and cause a leak, which is a fire hazard.
Volvo dealers will remove excessive underbody coating and will replace damaged fuel lines. The recall will begin by April 13. Affected S60 and XC60 owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.
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