Washington — Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it will recall 27,500 2009-2012 Genesis cars in the United States to change the brake fluid after complaints of braking problems, including one crash.
Hyundai previously initiated a service campaign in March to replace the brake fluid in vehicles. Approximately 60 percent of the affected production range has already been completed. The recall covers Genesis vehicles built between April 2008 through March 16, 2012. A Hyundai U.S. spokesman, Miles Johnson, said he didn’t know if any vehicles were being recalled outside the U.S. for the same problem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said earlier Monday it had opened a preliminary investigation into 40,000 2009 Genesis cars over braking complaints. The Korean automaker said “following a review of the information.... Hyundai has decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall on the remaining affected Genesis sedan vehicles to address potential durability issues with the brake system's hydraulic electronic control unit in those vehicles.”
Dealers will inspect the brake system and change the brake fluid with replacement fluid containing an anti-corrosive additive. The procedure will be conducted at no cost to owners. Owners will be notified next month.
NHTSA said it has received 23 complaints alleging incidents of increased brake pedal travel and reduced brake effectiveness, including one crash. Several complaints indicate the problem was diagnosed as a faulty ABS module.
One complaint alleges that the problem resulted in a crash into a stopped vehicle, NHTSA said. Another complaint said the driver responded to the problem by applying the parking brake, causing the vehicle to lose control and go into a spin.