Hyundai Brake Defect Reporting Delay Leads to Huge Penalty

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For not reporting the Hyundai brake defect in a timely fashion, the company is fined.

GM can’t say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plays favorites. The federal agency fined Hyundai $17.4 million for failing to recall Genesis cars from 2009 to 2012 quickly after discovering a brake problem.

According to the New York Times, the brake defect in Hyundai Genesis is similar to one in General Motors cars that have been recalled; the same supplier provided the hydraulic electronic control unit in the both the Genesis and GM’s 2009-10 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3. Hyundai knew of the braking problem in 2012, but waited until 2013 to recall the cars.

In the Hyundai cars recalled, there were reports of two injuries and no deaths.

When Scotty Reiss and Kim Orlando drove the 2015 Genesis, they raved about the car’s luxury touches and latest technology.

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