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.
For the 2012 model year, Hyundai's design team sought to take the Genesis exterior design to a higher level. This resulted to a front end featuring an enhanced front grille flanked by redesigned headlights with LED accents and daytime running lights (DRLs). The front end is also marked by a more aggressive front fascia with larger intake openings.
When viewed from the sides, the new Hyundai Genesis reveals a standard 17-inch alloy wheel with a freshened design as well as refined rocker panels. The sides also reveal side window surround with sporty brushed aluminum finish while the mirrors now feature power-folding and puddle lamp functions.
On the rear, the new Genesis comes with redesigned taillights and new dual asymmetrical exhaust tips neatly integrated with a new bumper fascia.
The new Hyundai Genesis is also loaded with an array of innovative active and passive safety elements, allowing it to become one of the leaders in vehicle safety technology. These safety elements don’t just prevent accidents, but also help optimize safety in case a collision occurs. In fact, the new Hyundai Genesis comes standard with a number of life-saving safety technologies like eight airbags, electronic active head restraints and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). These active front head restraints have been confirmed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to have the ability to prevent whiplash.