Hyundai Motor's Sonata to be recalled in U.S. due to seatbelt defect

2013 shows the Hyundai logo on the grill of a Hyundai automobile at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh

Hyundai Motor Company will recall about 978 thousand Sonata cars in the United States.

If the seat belt linkage detaches from the anchor pretensioner in a collision, the risk of injury to the occupant is increased.

At least one injury has been reported.

After at least two incidents where Hyundai seatbelts detached during a collision, the carmaker is recalling almost one million sedans to address a possible defect.

Hyundai and ZF-TRW are continuing to investigate the issue.

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Hyundai issued a recall for 977,778 examples of its Sonata sedan. Hyundai will notify owners starting April 7, and dealers can inspect and fix the anchor system if needed.

In somewhat good news for Sonata owners, of the vehicles recalled, Hyundai estimates that only 1 percent will have the defect.

The NHTSA report said the recall campaign will begin on April 7 when the Korean automaker will alert owners by mail.

The company will have to fix the interior of almost one million vehicles in order to ensure that they are safe.

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