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Is Hyundai Falling Behind in AEB Technology?

Hyundai, along with 19 other manufacturers, has agreed to a voluntary program to equip all new passenger vehicles with automated emergency braking (AEB) technology by September 1, 2020.

AEB was found to reduce rear-end crashes by 39% during research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Automatic emergency braking uses a combination of radar, lidar (reflected laser light) and cameras for a forward collision warning system that gives a driver audio or visual warnings that a forward collision is near.

Hyundai, however, has a long way to go to live up to their promise. In reviewing the 2017 model year lineup, only 9% of Hyundai’s passenger vehicles have AEB as standard equipment. Compare that to Honda (30%), Toyota (56%), and Volvo (68%).

Although the government talks in terms of automakers making progress, auto safety advocates say leaving important lifesaving technology to “voluntary agreements” is proof the automakers control NHTSA, the agency tasked with protecting the safety of vehicles and occupants.

Three consumer advocacy organizations have petitioned NHTSA to mandate and enforce the AEB implementation, rather than leaving it up to the automakers to decide when and how to implement the technology.

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Projectile Airbag Diffusers in the 2018 Santa Fe Sport

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport already has an airbag recall.

The side curtain airbag probably won’t deploy properly to be able to protect an occupant. In addition, Hyundai says it can’t guarantee the detached diffuser will remain in the airbag, and if it doesn’t, occupants could be harmed by the projectile.

This is the same problem affecting Kia and Ford vehicles. The affected SUVs were built between 09/05/17 and 11/30/17.

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Last Year's Elantra Brake Pedal Stop Pad Recall Has Been Explanded

A previous brake switch recall has been expanded to include over 390,000 Elantras from the 2013 and 2014 model years.

Hyundai noticed an increased warranty claim rate for Elantras that weren’t included in the 2016 recall. Brake pedal stopper pads were collected from the vehicles that were built between 2012 and 2014.

The brake pedal stopper pad sits between the brake light switch and the brake pedal arm. Hyundai issued a recall last year after discovering the stopper pad was deteriorating, allowing the brake lights to stay on even when the pedal wasn’t being pressed.

Turns out that recall didn’t reach far enough.

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Safety Regulators Are Investigating Hyundai’s Handling of Theta II Recalls

Federal investigators are taking a look at Hyundai’s handling of Theta II engine recalls to make sure there’s no funny business going on.

NHTSA says it took action to “investigate both the timeliness and scope of Hyundai’s Theta II engine recalls, and Hyundai’s compliance with reporting requirements.”

Timely and compliant? Not if you ask this lawsuit. Or this former Hyundai engineer.

To date, nearly 1.7 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles have been recalled.

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Sonata Seat Belt Investigation Has Been Closed

Apparently Hyundai’s latest seat belt recall did enough to satisfy the government, who announced they’re closing their recall.

NHTSA continued the investigation after the first recall because safety regulators believed a better fix should be applied by dealers. Regulators were concerned about how the connectors were built to be removed from the pretensioners when working on the cars. But the connectors could release in a crash if they weren’t properly reconnected during maintenance.

The second recall added a label to the connector with graphics and instructions how to properly lock the connector if someone works on the car. No word on if that label said for the love of everything, don’t forget to put this thing back to together.

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Sonata and Sonata Hybrid Owners Face a Second Recall for the Same Seat Belt Problems

Back in March, Hyundai recalled 978,000 cars to inspect and fix seat belt linkages and the pretensioner. Now those vehicles have been recalled again for the same problems.

Although the condition of a partially latched anchor pretensioner was fixed through the recall campaign, the condition could potentially happen again if the anchor pretensioner was intentionally disconnected and then improperly reconnected by consumers or repair facilities.

After the first recall Hyundai and their supplier talked with NHTSA about possible problems from the recall repairs.

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Front Coil Spring Recall for the 2018 Santa Fe Sport

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport has been recalled for suspension issues, although most of the affected vehicles haven’t been sold yet.

Hyundai is recalling about 200 model year 2018 Santa Fe Sport SUVs at risk of losing control while on the roads. The automaker says the front coil springs may not have been manufactured correctly and can break under certain loads.

This is another in a long-line of manufacturing issues for Hyundai. The automaker is still dealing with manufacturing issues in the Theta II engine that have forced multiple recalls.

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A Few Hundred Santa Fe SUVs Need New 3.3-liter Engines

Hyundai has announced a recall of certain 2017 Santa Fe SUVs with 3.3-liter engines.

The automaker says the crankshaft assemblies may have been manufactured with irregularities in the crankshaft pins, something that can cause the engine bearings to wear down. If the SUV continues to be driven with a worn engine bearing, the engine could become damaged to the point of stalling.

Hyundai is blaming the problem on a heat treatment coil that wasn’t in the right place during manufacturing from January 26, 2017 to February 13, 2017. This led to insufficient heat treatment on the pins.

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Ioniq Shuts Down After Coolant Fries the EPCU

The 2017 Ioniq EV is being recalled for stalling out.

Hyundai is recalling 218 model year Ioniq Electric cars that can stall while driving because problems occurred during manufacturing of certain parts.

Antifreeze is entering small voids in the Ioniq’s electronic power control unit (EPCU), shorting the circuit board and causing the car to stall.

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Lawsuit Says Hyundai’s 'Smart Truck' is Really Kind of Stupid

Hyundai’s “smart trunk” is supposed to open all the way without using keys or pushing any buttons. However, a lawsuit alleges that while the trunk unlatches, it never really works as advertised.

Hyundai has marketed the Smart Trunk as a feature that automatically opens the trunk fully, or at least enough for a person to put large items into the trunk. But according to the lawsuit, the trunks are defective because they fail to open more than a few inches, or sometimes not more than a small crack.

I never saw the appeal in this feature, especially given its $950-$1,900 price.

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