U.S. Regulators Probe Hyundai and Kia Over Brake-Safety Recalls Involving 6 Million Vehicles
U.S. regulators are conducting a thorough review of Hyundai and Kia recalls related to brake-safety units, assessing the timeliness and effectiveness of the automakers' decision-making process and adherence to reporting requirements. The review aims to ensure consumer safety and determine if recalls should have been initiated earlier.
U.S. regulators are currently conducting a thorough review of several Hyundai and Kia recalls related to brake-safety units. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects Investigation has taken up the task of examining 16 recalls that have been conducted by the automakers since 2016. These recalls encompass over 6 million vehicles, each with the potential risk of antilock braking system module fires. The common factor in all of these recalls is the involvement of antilock braking system modules or hydraulic electronic control units manufactured by the equipment supplier Mando.
The Office of Defects Investigation has stated that their goal with this review is to evaluate the timeliness and scoping of Hyundai and Kia's decision-making process when it comes to identifying and addressing defects. Additionally, they aim to assess whether the automakers have adhered to reporting requirements throughout the recall process. One of the key aspects of this review is the examination of the varying defect descriptions and remedies between the different recalls. By understanding these discrepancies, regulators hope to gain insight into the overall effectiveness and reliability of the recalls undertaken by Hyundai and Kia. It is worth noting that this review is being conducted to determine if these recalls should have been initiated earlier.
The potential risks associated with brake-safety units are a serious concern, and regulators are keen to address any issues promptly to ensure the safety of consumers on the road. As of now, no definitive conclusions have been drawn from the ongoing review. However, it serves as a reminder of the importance of diligent and timely defect identification and recall implementation for automakers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects Investigation is working diligently to gather all the necessary information to make an informed judgment and take appropriate action as required. Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.