Hyundai expands recall of Genesis sedans to S.Korea for brake issue

Reuters

DETROIT/SEOUL, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co said on Tuesday it would expand a U.S. recall ofabout 27,500 Genesis sedans to South Korea and other markets toaddress a potential brake issue as it prepares to unveil a newversion of the large sedan as early as next month.

Hyundai said it is recalling the cars, which were built fromApril 1, 2008, through March 16, 2012, to replace the brakefluid. The company declined to specify the other countries thatcould be affected.

While the United States and South Korea are two of thebiggest markets for the premium sedan, the issue is unlikely tohave a serious effect on sales. It does however come as Hyundaitries to rebuild its reputation after a massive recall in Aprilthat affected more than 2 million cars sold by Hyundai andaffiliate Kia Motors Corp.

The company had already initiated a service campaign inMarch to replace the brake fluid in the affected cars as theywere brought into dealers. The fluid had been replaced in about60 percent, or about 40,000, of the vehicles, a spokesman said.

However, after receiving word that U.S. safety regulatorshad opened an investigation into an estimated 40,000 Genesiscars from model year 2009, Hyundai decided to recall the rest,the company said. Letters will be mailed to the affected ownersstarting next month.

Owners will be instructed to bring their cars to Hyundaidealers for brake inspections and changing of the brake fluidwith replacement fluid containing an anticorrosive additive, theHyundai spokesman said. There will be no cost to the owners.

U.S. safety regulators at the National Highway TrafficSafety Administration had opened a preliminary evaluation intoan estimated 40,000 Genesis cars from model year 2009 afterreceiving 23 consumer complaints alleging reduced brakeeffectiveness, according to documents filed online. Severalcomplaints said the problem was diagnosed as a faulty antilockbrake system module.

In one complaint NHTSA received, a consumer in Floridaalleged that her brakes did not work, resulting in a crash intoanother vehicle stopped at a red light. In another complaint,the consumer reported responding to the same problem by usingthe parking brake, which caused the driver to lose control.

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