Apparently Hyundai’s newest semi-autonomous technology feature, the oft-mimicked “Smaht Pahk” isn’t as bright as other self-parking technologies, forcing the South Korean automaker to recalled the nearly 12,000 vehicles with the option.
Hyundai debuted the new tech with a commercial during the Super Bowl in February with actors John Krasinski, Chris Evans and Rachel Dratch all using an over-the-top Boston accent talking about the Smart Park feature.
However, there is a glitch in the system that can cause the vehicle to move several feet after it should stop. Hyundai says the problem is a software issue. The problem affects 11,870 Sonatas and Nexos.
The system’s “fail-safe” mode, which is designed to ensure the vehicle stops when it is supposed to, but the software glitch “could cause the vehicle to continue to move in its last commanded direction even while a system malfunction is detected,” according to official recall documents.
The automaker apparently discovered the problem in its home market of South Korea, during testing, when it the errant coding was fixed.
However, in March this year, Hyundai received a report a vehicle “continued to move without stopping while performing a parking maneuver commanded by the Remote Smart Parking Assistant feature.” That vehicle was running the old software, and Hyundai continued to study the glitch at this point.
After conducting even more testing, Hyundai confirmed the additional movement despite the “fail-safe” mode being enacted was still occurring.
Hyundai elected to recall the Sonatas and Nexos equipped with the feature in the U.S. The Nexo makes up just 267 vehicles in the action. To fix the issue, Hyundai will reprogram the software free of charge for owners. As of now Hyundai says it is not aware of any crashes, incidents or injuries associated with this.
Hyundai also says it will reimburse owners for repairs in the event of there being an incident. Sonata and Nexo owners should expect to receive a notification from Hyundai by early June.