2016 Hyundai Sonata Under Investigation for Possible Brake Issue

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation with the 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

The agency has received reports and complaints claiming that the rear brakes on the 2016 Hyundai Sonata overheat or lock up in certain situations. In the NHTSA database, the inquiry overview cites four complaints with one incident claiming to have led to a fire.

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“The bulletin states the control logic will be updated to remedy a condition where the rear brake pads can stay in contact with the rear brake rotors after completing a diagnostic self-check, causing the brakes to drag; in the next drive cycle,” NHTSA noted the inquiry disclosure.

Like other preliminary investigations, NHTSA will determine whether a more thorough investigation is necessary, which could lead to a recall if an issue is found.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that “numerous” reports had been filed with NHTSA. That has been removed. To date, 4 reports have been filed.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Sep 09, 2016

    at least they are investigating after 4 filed reports instead of waiting till people die like the Toyota Camry hybrid's brake recall a few years ago.