Hyundai recalls nearly 1 million Sonatas over seatbelts

Hyundai is recalling nearly 978,000 cars in the U.S. because the front seatbelts could detach in a crash and fail to hold people.

The recall covers Sonata midsize sedans from the 2011 through 2014 model years, and the Sonata hybrid from 2011 through 2015.

In government documents, Hyundai says a fastener for a seatbelt anchor may not have been fully latched during assembly. If that happens, the belts can detach.

The company says it knows of one minor injury caused by the problem. It was discovered in September when an owner reported that the front passenger belt in a 2013 Sonata came loose in a collision.

Owners will be notified starting April 7. Dealers will inspect the seatbelt anchor system and repair it if needed.

16 March 2017 | 5:01 pm

The Associated Press

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