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Hyundai Recalls 27,500 Genesis Sedans for Brake Issue

Maker hopes to get car owners that didn’t act on first recall.

by on Oct.22, 2013

Hyundai is recalling its 2009-2012 Genesis models for a brake problem that has generated 23 complaints.

Hyundai issued a recall for about 27,500 of its Genesis sedans to deal with a brake problem that had led to a series of complaints and is being blamed for one accident.

The recall of 2009 to 2012 model year sedans is being ordered to tackle “potential durability issues” with the brake system’s Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received 23 complaints alleging increased brake pedal travel and reduced brake effectiveness in the vehicles.

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The recall is actually the second for the problem. It’s a follow-up to one that took place in March that didn’t catch all the vehicles affected by the problem. Just 60% of owners acted on the first recall and the South Korean automaker is hoping the current action will bring in the rest. (more…)

Hyundai Genesis Takes Top Honors in New J.D. Power Study

Vehicle Launch Index tracks how well makers bring new models to market.

by on Jul.22, 2009

The Hyundai Genesis captures top honors in the inaugural J.D. Power Vehicle Launch Index.

The Hyundai Genesis captures top honors in the inaugural J.D. Power Vehicle Launch Index.

The Hyundai Genesis has nabbed top honors in an inaugural study designed to measure how effectively automakers bring their new products to market.

Conventional wisdom holds that motorists should beware of buying a car during its first year on the market, and studies, such as the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, have long shown that, indeed, there are most likely to be snags in the production process in the months after a vehicle’s launch.  But recent reports have shown that’s beginning to change, and Power’s Vehicle Launch Index is designed to spotlight those manufacturers and products that get things right, right out of the box.

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The California-based market research firm estimates there will be at least 205 new vehicle launches between 2009 and 2012, including 80 all-new entries into the American market.  The industry is expected to invest $50 billion on these debuts.  Screwing up at start-up can kill an otherwise promising vehicle, while delivering a new product to market with a minimum of problems can ensure its success, Power analysts assert.

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