Seat Belts Detatch During a Crash

Cars these days have airbags, sensors, crumple zones, tempered glass, and other safety features. But the OG, and arguably the most important, safety feature is the seat belt. Only trouble is, Hyundai's seem to be detatching from the body of the car during crashes.

Cars these days have airbags, sensors, crumple zones, tempered glass, and other safety features. But the OG, and arguably the most important, safety feature is the seat belt. Only trouble is, Hyundai’s seem to be detatching from their anchor pretensioners.

Following owner complaints that their seat belts were detatching in crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the 2013 Sonata.

The Seat Belt Pretensioner Recalls

By March 2017, Hyundai announced a massive recall of the seat belts in the 6th generation Sonata and Sonata Hybrid.

However, there was some debate about the handling of the recall repair. That prompted a second recall in October.

Although the condition of a partially latched anchor pretensioner was fixed through the recall campaign, the condition could potentially happen again if the anchor pretensioner was intentionally disconnected and then improperly reconnected by consumers or repair facilities.

Once that problem was addressed, the investigation was closed.

The front seat belt assembly in the Hyundai Sonata uses a seat belt anchor pretensioner fastened to the car’s inner structure. The anchor pretensioner is fastened to the inner sill before it’s connected to the seat belt linkage.

However, the seat belt can detach from the anchor pretensioner if the connector does not fully latch when the linkage is pressed onto the connector.

When car senses it is in a crash, it will send a signal to the seat belt pretensioner. A small explosive is deployed to take the slack out of the belt, pulling the belt down onto the occupant to keep them tighter to the seat.

Where This Problem is Likely to Occur

Model Generation Years PainRank
Santa Fe Sport 1st Gen 2013–2017 1.41
Sonata 6th Gen 2011–2014 64.28
Sonata Hybrid 6th Gen 2011–2014 13.99

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, you can help make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint

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  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

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  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA

  4. Contact Hyundai

    Hyundai Support

    P.O. Box 20850 Fountain Valley CA 92728-0850 USA

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