"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 seatbelts," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "Without a warning to remind the front-seat occupants, they may forget to buckle their seatbelt, increasing their risk of injury in the event of a crash."
A Hyundai spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.
The affected Santa Fe SUVs were built from September 1, 2015 to February 12, 2016.
Hyundai dealers will inspect and reroute the wires in the front seatbelt buckle harnesses to their proper locations, as necessary. The recall is expected to begin on May 6. Owners can contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.
Edmunds says: This recall does not begin for several weeks. Owners with an immediate concern should get in touch with their dealer now.