WASHINGTON — Hyundai Motor America is recalling 24,400 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedans because an incorrect gear display may cause the car to move in an unintended direction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The problem has been traced to moisture in the combination lamps.
A switch in the affected vehicles applies a voltage to the back-up lamps when "Reverse" is selected. Water can enter the rear combination lamps assemblies, possibly from a heavy rain or car wash, due to an insufficient seal in the lamp assembly.
"In limited instances, accumulated water can affect the range switch signals," Hyundai told federal safety regulators.
The problem may cause an incorrect gear display on the instrument panel or a delay in the engagement of the selected gear when the vehicle is shifted from Park to Reverse or Drive.
"If the incorrect gear is being displayed, the vehicle may move in an unintended direction, increasing the risk of a crash," said NHTSA in its recall summary.
No other Hyundai vehicles use the same rear combination lamp assemblies.
There are no reports of accidents or injuries linked to the recall, Hyundai told NHTSA.
The affected vehicles were built from February 21, 2014 to January 24, 2015.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars can wait for their official recall notice before scheduling service or contact their dealer if they have an immediate concern.