Hyundai has been ordered by the National Transportation Safety Administration to recall and replace center rear seat belts in 14,728 Sonata Hybrids made between 2011 and 2012, but Hyundai is filing for an exemption.
The Korean automaker has fixed the issue believed to be a safety concern for 1,633 Sonata Hybrids in its possession, but for 13,095 already out the door and over the curb, Hyundai says there is no real safety risk and it’s resisting the recall order.
In question, AutoGuide reports, is whether the seatbelts on cars already sold violate U.S. safety rules prohibiting “a release mechanism that detaches both the lap and shoulder portion at the lower anchorage point.”
Next step is NHTSA will review the appeal. If Hyundai’s request is denied it will be required to contact Sonata Hybrid owners to bring their cars in.
If you have one of these vehicles, and are in doubt whether you’ll miss a possible notification, NHTSA has an online sign up page to make sure you are told.