2006-'08 Hyundai Sonata Probed by Feds for Seatbelt Buckle Electrical Malfunction | Edmunds

2006-'08 Hyundai Sonata Probed by Feds for Seatbelt Buckle Electrical Malfunction


Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 394,000 2006-'08 Hyundai Sonata sedans after consumer complaints of seatbelt buckle electrical malfunction.
  • NHTSA said it has received 83 owner reports and additional Early Warning Reporting data from Hyundai alleging that the seatbelt buckle assembly "failed and needed to be repaired and/or replaced on 2006-'08 Hyundai Sonata vehicles."
  • The 2006-'08 Hyundai Sonata has not been recalled at this point.

WASHINGTON The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 394,000 2006-'08 Hyundai Sonata sedans after consumer complaints of seatbelt buckle electrical malfunction.

NHTSA said it has received 83 owner reports and additional Early Warning Reporting data from Hyundai alleging that the seatbelt buckle assembly "failed and needed to be repaired and/or replaced on 2006-'08 Hyundai Sonata vehicles."

It added: "In the majority of the reports, the airbag warning light illuminated, which acted to notify the driver that a fault was present. The reports also indicate that either the front driver and/or passenger safety belt buckle assemblies may be affected. Depending on the nature of the failure and the airbag deployment algorithm, the seatbelt pretensioner and/or the airbag function may be affected."

NHTSA said the airbag may not deploy as designed or may not deploy at all.

There are no crashes, injuries or fatalities listed in NHTSA's failure report summary posted on Friday.

Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the matter. Such an action sometimes precedes a vehicle recall, but the 2006-'08 Sonata has not been recalled at this point.

"We will fully cooperate with NHTSA throughout the course of this investigation,? wrote Jim Trainor, a Hyundai spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query.

Edmunds says: Owners of the 2006-'08 Hyundai Sonata will have to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work in this case. But if you have any immediate concerns, it's best to contact your dealer.

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