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2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Hyundai Sonata: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of 2011 and 2012 models of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. But this recall is a little different from the ones we typically post, because Hyundai is petitioning the NHTSA to cancel it or rather, to amend the recall so that Hyundai dealers won't have to tinker with 13,095 vehicles unnecessarily. The recall stems from an issue with the Sonata Hybrid's rear center seat belt (which was also a problem in yesterday's recall of the Subaru Forester). 

In Hyundai's case, however, the problem is that the center rear belt uses "a release mechanism that detaches both the lap and shoulder portion at the lower anchorage point", which doesn't comply with U.S. safety regulations. The problem affects 14,728 Sonata Hybrids built between December 2, 2010 and March 7, 2012. Hyundai dealers were notified of the recall on March 8 and immediately stopped selling the vehicles.

 2012 Hyundai Sonata
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2012 Hyundai Sonata