The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today recalls of the Volvo S60 and XC60, and the Hyundai Sonata hybrid.
2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Problem: The center-position seatbelt for certain models of the Sonata hybrid can be detached -- which is permissible on folding seatbacks, but banned on cars with non-folding rear seats. As the Sonata hybrid's back seat doesn't fold, these seatbelts violate NHTSA rules.
The Fix: Hyundai will replace the rear-center seat belts in about 1633 Sonata hybrids already at dealerships. However, for the approximately 13,095 vehicles already sold to customers, Hyundai plans to petition NHTSA for an exemption. Hyundai doesn't believe the seatbelt issue poses a serious safety issue; if its petition is rejected, Hyundai will have to launch a recall for those vehicles.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 14,728 units of the 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2012 Volvo S60 and XC60
The Problem: If the underbody coating was mixed incorrectly or applied in excessive amounts, it could form large and solid icicle-like shapes on the bottom of the vehicles. Volvo says that the underbody coating could damage or penetrate fittings like fuel lines, potentially causing a fire.
The Fix: Volvo plans to inspect affected vehicles and remove any excess underbody coating near fuel lines. In addition, dealers will inspect fuel lines and replace them if they are damaged.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 2742 units of the 2012 Volvo S60 and XC60