Feds Probe 2009 Hyundai Genesis After Brake Complaints


  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis Picture

    2009 Hyundai Genesis Picture

    Federal safety regulators have opened a probe into an estimated 40,000 2009 Hyundai Genesis vehicles after consumer complaints about reduced brake effectiveness. | October 21, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 40,000 2009 Hyundai Genesis vehicles for reduced brake effectiveness.
  • "Consumers allege intermittent incidents of low/soft brake pedal with reduced brake effectiveness," NHTSA said.
  • Federal safety regulators have received 23 complaints about brakes in the 2009 Genesis, including one reported crash.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 40,000 2009 Hyundai Genesis vehicles for reduced brake effectiveness.

"Consumers allege intermittent incidents of low/soft brake pedal with reduced brake effectiveness," NHTSA said in a posting on its Web site.

Federal safety regulators have received 23 complaints about brakes in the 2009 Genesis, including one reported crash.

"Several complaints indicate that the problem was diagnosed as a faulty ABS (antilock brake system) module," said NHTSA in its summary of the investigation. "One complaint alleges that the incident resulted in a crash into a stopped vehicle. 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."

NHTSA has opened a "preliminary evaluation" into the 2009 Hyundai Genesis. Such an action sometimes results in a recall.

"Hyundai will work closely with NHTSA in assisting them in their investigation," wrote Jim Trainor, a Hyundai Motor America spokesman, in response to an e-mailed query from Edmunds.

Edmunds says: The 2009 Hyundai Genesis has not been recalled at this point. If you own one and are experiencing a problem with the car, it's best to take it into your dealership.

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