Hyundai is recalling around 27,500 Genesis sedans -- covering 2009 to 2012 model years -- in the United States to address a possible brake issue. The South Korean carmaker said the recall on the sedans, which were produced between April 1, 2008, and March 16, 2012, was announced to replace the brake fluid.
Hyundai had already commenced a service campaign in March 2013 to replace the brake fluid in the affected sedans as they were delivered to dealers.
A spokesman for the carmaker said that the braking fluid had been replaced in around 60 percent, or about 40,000, of the vehicles. However, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a preliminary evaluation following the receipt of 23 consumer complaints claiming reduced brake effectiveness, according to documents filed online. Many of the complaints said the problem was diagnosed as a faulty antilock brake system module.
In one complaint, a consumer in Florida alleged that her brakes failed to work, leading to a crash into another vehicle that stopped at a red light. In another complaint, the consumer said the brake also failed to work, forcing him to use the parking brake and to lose control of the car.
Upon receiving word that NHTSA has commenced a probe into around 40,000 Genesis cars from the 2009 model year, Hyundai decided to recall the rest. Hyundai will inform the owners through mail next month of the recall, giving instructions to owners to bring their cars to dealers for brake inspection and changing of the brake fluid with a replacement fluid that contains an anticorrosive additive at no cost.