Hyundai has a well-earned positive reputation in the car industry. The Seoul, South Korea automaker’s cars have a certain style and flair. The taillight treatments are interesting, and the car’s lines are clean. However, recently the cars haven’t stopped as well as they should stop, and the hoods don’t stay closed. As one driver said, “That’s kind of a big deal.” According to the UPI and a memo sent by Hyundai to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, over 600,000 Hyundais are being recalled.
Almost 450,000 units under recall are Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sports SUVs from 2013 to 2017. Hyundai admits that a secondary hood latch may corrode and bind. The hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Apparently, the issue is greater in the U.S. northeast. The urban population centers in New England and the mid-Atlantic States use copious amounts of salt to treat icy winter roads.
The additional 150,000+ vehicles are “Genesis” and “Sonata” models from 2015 and 2016. A parking brake light is faulty. The problem, again, is corrosion. Symptoms of the issue include unexpected acceleration and parking brake noise, along with “drag.” Drivers may notice smoke and/or smell from driving with the applied parking brake. These issues are according to the safety recall report.
Hyundai is already replacing the affected parts, so owners can expect a communication from the company about the particulars. They hope to have all of the recalled vehicles repaired by the end of the year, so the cars can be safely back on the road. The harsh winter driving conditions will be upon us, sooner than we think. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 855-671-3059 for information on either, or both recalls.
It hasn’t been a great year in Hyundai-Land. Just three months ago, a whistleblower inside the company flagged Hyundai for safety defects. Allegedly, the company was guilty of covering up five flaws, affecting the Elantra, Sonata, Santa Fe and Genesis. The company settled, all the while denying wrongdoing.
Through it all, Hyundai has managed to stay out of the Top Three for car recalls in the last three years. Honda, Toyota, and Mazda top that list.