The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary evaluation after receiving 23 consumer complaints alleging reduced brake effectiveness on some 2009-2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan models, according to documents filed online. Several complaints said the problem was diagnosed as a faulty antilock brake system module.
In one complaint NHTSA received, a consumer in Florida alleged that her brakes did not work, resulting in a crash into another vehicle stopped at a red light. In another complaint, the consumer reported responding to the same problem by using the parking brake, losing control of the vehicle.
A spokesman for Hyundai Motor Co said the automaker is investigating the issue and will cooperate fully with the NHTSA. A preliminary evaluation is the first step in a process that could lead to a recall should regulators determine that a safety issue needs to be addressed by a manufacturer. Did you have a Genesis? Tell us if you had the issue.