Pop! Goes the Hood Latch - 2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: Pop! Goes the Hood Latch

November 23, 2009

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This is the view that greeted me as I walked up to our 2009 Hyundai Genesis V6 sedan on two separate occasions this weekend.

At first I was mystified. Had I improperly closed the hood after checking the oil? Somewhat confused, I re-shut the hood and went about my business.

Then it happened again. But this time I put two and two together.

Here's what I found...

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I'm a habitual parking brake setter, you see. The Genesis has a pedal-operated parking brake, and like most other such designs it's located close to the left "kick panel" so it doesn't eat into legroom or interfere with the other pedals. No problem there.

I usually set the brake just as I leave the car, and it's all one motion: my foot comes off the pedal and goes directly out the door. In so doing it drags across the kick panel (hence the name). Again, nothing strange here.

But the hood release is mounted on that kick-panel too, and it is hinged at the top. Turns out that in this car my shoe can easily snag the hood release on its way out. Background noise kept me from hearing it "pop" the first time around, but the Genesis was sitting in my quiet driveway the second time.

If someone unknowingly has this happen and approaches their parked Genesis from the rear, they could easily drive off with the hood ajar. Sure, there's a secondary latch to prevent the hood from flying up, but perhaps someone at Brand H should look into this.

Anyone else out there got any hood-latch stories?

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 20,202 miles

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