This Hyundai U.S. safety recall is one reason why we have trust issues

Updated Sep 29, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The last thing new Hyundai owners would like to hear.

Hyundai’s Remote Smart Parking Assistant allows Hyundai owners to pull its cars in and out of a parking spot with ease. The feature helps Hyundai owners to perform parallel and perpendicular parking maneuvers, as well as pulling out from the spot.

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“We are trying to resolve social issues and inconveniences coming from the lack of parking space through technology,” said an insider of Hyundai Motor.

However, it seems like that the convenient feature that Hyundai offers is running through some defects. This is when the NHTSA decided to announce a new recall.

On April 16, 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent a letter to Mr. Wayne Gates, director of Hyundai USA, saying that Hyundai should review its models – 2020 Nexo and Hyundai Sonata – regarding the problem with the electrical system of the two models.

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A yellow Hyundai Sonata

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata

The problem includes Hyundai’s Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) software that may fail to prevent vehicle movement upon detection of an RSPA system malfunction – which could lead to unintended vehicle movements.

NHTSA said that there could be around 11,870 units affected by this electrical system malfunction.

“The initial discovery in Korea was an anomaly that was extremely rare and difficult to replicate and more investigating was required to determine if it was a problem that needed to be addressed with a recall,” Hyundai spokesman Michael Stewart told Consumer Reports in an email as a response to the ongoing software error.

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A Hyundai NEXO in a photoshoot

The 2020 Hyundai NEXO

NHTSA required Hyundai Motor America to submit a draft owner notification letter to its office in no less than five days prior to mailing the letter to Hyundai’s customers.

In response, Hyundai USA will notify owners that its dealers will reprogram the RSPA software – which will be free of charge. The recall work is expected to begin on June 4, 2020.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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