NHTSA Fines Hyundai $17.35 M for Delayed Recall

GM may be driving away with all of the recall headlines these days but they’re not the only automaker with issues. Hyundai has to pay a penalty for not reporting and carrying out a call-back of its Genesis.

The South Korean firm will have to shell out $17.35 million to NHTSA for delaying a recall of the sedan model’s brakes. If improper fluid is used in the system certain components can corrode, something that adversely affects stopping ability. Some 43,500 vehicles from model years 2009 to 2012 are impacted by this action.

Fortunately there have been zero fatalities because of this issue, though according to NHTSA six owners have filed complaints about collisions; two injuries have been reported.

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Allegedly Hyundai notified its dealers about this potential problem but didn’t tell owners. By law automakers are required to report safety issues like this to NHTSA within five days.

Going forward Hyundai has agreed to reform its safety processes. Among other things the company will work collaboratively with NHTSA, form a U.S.-based technical group to evaluate potential safety issues and make recall decisions independent of the parent firm in Korea.

In the wake of GM’s epic recall fiasco NTHSA is really cracking down on automakers that fail to identify and report safety defects. The organization fined the Detroit-based firm a record $35 million for delaying recalls. Additionally they had to pay an extra $420,000 for failing to answer agency questions in a timely fashion.

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[Source: Automotive News]