Hyundai recalls 978,000 cars; seat belts can come loose

Owners will be notified starting April 7.

The logo of Hyundai Motor Co. is seen on a vehicle displayed at its showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Hyundai Motor Co. said on Wednesday its fourth-quarter income sank 39 percent to the lowest level in seven years. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling nearly 978,000 cars in the U.S. because the front seat belts 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.

Hyundai says in government documents that a fastener for a seat belt 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.

The trouble 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 seat belt anchor system and repair it if needed.

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