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Hyundai Agrees to $17.35 Million Fine from NHTSA

Feds slap maker for failing to report brake problem in five days.

by on Aug.08, 2014

Hyundai was fined $17.35 million for failing to report a brake problem on 2009-2012 Genesis sedans.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration levied a $17.35 million fine against Hyundai for taking too long to report a brake defect on 43,500 vehicles. The fine is the first evidence that federal regulators are stepping up enforcement, officials said.

“Safety is our top priority, and all automakers should understand that there is no excuse for failing to report a safety-related defect, as required by law,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “This Administration will act aggressively and hold automakers accountable when they put the American public at risk.”

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Earlier this year, the agency fined General Motors a record $35 million for its handling of the ignition switch problem that resulted in the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles, 13 deaths and dozens of injuries. GM recently began accepting claims from victims and their families injured or killed as a result of the problem, and it set aside $400 million to pay the claims. (more…)

Koreans Hyundai, Kia Recalling 1.9 Mil Vehicles

Koreans Hyundai, Kia Recalling 1.9 Mil Vehicles

by on Apr.03, 2013

The Hyundai Elantra is one of the many Korean vehicles covered by three new recalls.

Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia are initiating one of their largest recalls ever – or more precisely, three separate service actions announced today that involve 1.9 million vehicles sold in the U.S. market since late 2006.

The majority of the vehicles involved were subject to earlier recalls designed to address the same issue – electronic gremlins that could impact a wide variety of systems, from stop lamps to stability control, and even prevent the use of the push-button stop feature.

Meanwhile, the small Japanese automaker Subaru is recalling 200,000 vehicles of its own due to brake line corrosion issues.

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The larger recalls involving Hyundai and Kia present some serious headaches for the Korean makers after repeated efforts to deal with the electronic control issues. The two makers operate in the U.S. as separate companies but share much of the same technology under the skin of their vehicles.