Hyundai is recalling around 27,500 Hyundai Genesis sedans in the U.S. to replace the brake fluid, after 23 customers complained the brakes were not working properly, as Anita Lienert writes for Edmunds.com. The recall affects model year vehicles 2009 through 2012, which were were built from April 1, 2008, through March 16, 2012, Lienert writes.
It was on Monday that Hyundai received word that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had opened an investigation into roughly 40,000 Genesis sedans from the 2009 model year, and the carmaker then decided to recall the rest of the cars, Lienert writes. She adds that one reported crash has been linked to the investigation.
Hyundai began replacing brake fluid last March as part of a service campaign, Christopher Jensen writes for The New York Times. Lienert writes that according to a Hyundai statement, about 60% of the affected autos have already been completed. “The brake fluid contains an anticorrosive additive and will address potential durability issues with the brake system’s Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit in those vehicles,” Lienert writes.
Jensen reports that Miles Johnson, a Hyundai spokesman, could not say why the vehicles were not recalled in March. Although Hyundai says the recall is voluntary, once a carmaker is aware of a safety problem, it must, within five business days, inform the NHTSA of its plan for a recall or face a civil fine, Jensen writes.
Jensen quotes one consumer complaint:
‘I pressed down on the brakes and to my surprise the brake pedal hit the floor,’ one consumer wrote. ‘I was in panic mode as I started pumping the brakes and nothing. I started slowing down only because I was so far behind the other cars when I had taken my foot off the gas pedal. Well, I stopped unfortunately only because the car in front of me stopped me.’
The recall will begin in November, Lienert writes. Hyundai dealers will inspect the cars’ brake systems and change the brake fluid. Owners can contact Hyundai at 1-734-337-9499. According to Edmunds: “Hyundai says if a customer wishes to have the dealer inspect their vehicle and perform the repair before receiving the recall letter, they can contact their Hyundai dealer to schedule an appointment.”
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