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Hyundai forced to pay $17.35 million fine due to late recall

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hit Hyundai with a $17.35 million fine for failing to report a brake defect and carry out a recall in a timely manner. The Korean automaker also agreed to a plan to better identify, report and communicate safety-related defects.

According to the NHTSA, Hyundai delayed a recall for a defect that can cause corrosion in the braking system of 43,500 Hyundai Genesis sedans from 2009-2012. Dealers were notified, but not the owners.

Fortunately, no related deaths have been reported; however, six consumers suffered a collision and two were injured.

“Hyundai failed to act to protect their customers and others that were harmed in an accident, and must change the way they deal with all safety-related defects,” said David Friedman, the agency’s acting administrator.

Hyundai assures that a majority of the Genesis models recalled have now been repaired.

By the way, the same brake component was used in vehicles manufactured by... GM!

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