Whoopsies: Hyundai Gets the Same Thing Wrong, Recalls 443,545 Recalled Cars

Hyundai recently recalled a half a million sedans again after a first recall was issued to prevent seat belts from being detached from the floor. This second recall involves failure of the front seat passenger’s seatbelt failing and risk of injuring the passenger. The failure is from a spring in the inner sill structure that during assemble does not fully latch. Dealers will check the attachment and put warning labels on the vehicle to warn future mechanics.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hyundai issued a recall for nearly 978,000 Sonata and Sonata Hybrids across several models years following two crashes where the front seat passenger’s seatbelt failed
  • In May, the NHTSA opened an investigation into metal engine debris in the Sonata’s Theta II four-cylinder engine — an issue potentially affecting 1.3 million vehicles
  • Its clear that the very same issue — installing the pretensioners without fully latching them — could occur after the recall process if the anchor pretensioner was intentionally disconnected and subsequently improperly reconnected through by consumers or repair facilities.

“Hyundai finds itself in the unusual position of recalling nearly half a million sedans after an earlier recall designed to prevent seatbelts from detaching from the floor led to concerns that the same thing might happen again.”