NHTSA Opens Investigation into Hyundai Genesis Vehicles

NHTSA Opens Investigation into Hyundai Genesis Vehicles
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into model year 2009 Hyundai Genesis vehicles.

NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 23 complaints alleging incidents of increased brake pedal travel and reduced brake effectiveness in the affected Hyundai Genesis vehicles, including one crash.

Several consumer complaints indicate that the problem was diagnosed as a faulty ABS module. One complaint alleges that the incident resulted in a crash into a stopped vehicle (VOQ 10511037). Another complaint alleges that the driver responded to the incident by applying the parking brake, causing the vehicle to lose control and go into a spin/yaw.

A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect.

Upon the conclusion of this initial investigation, ODI will determine what, if any, additional steps need to be taken. This could include further investigation, or a potential safety recall of all affected Hyundai Genesis vehicles.

UPDATE: This investigation has been closed. ODI will continue to monitor owner complaints to evaluate the effectiveness of Hyundai's recall.

Last Updated: April 08, 2014