You might remember Hyundai’s SuperBowl Ad with Sonata and its “Smath Pahk” with Captain America Chris Evans between other celebrities and now there are news but for a bad reason, as we have noticed Hyundai Motor America is recalling the 2020 Sonata due to a glitch into the Remote Smart Park Assist.
In February 2020, an anomaly event that disabled operation of the “fail-safe” mode, which stops all vehicle movement upon detection of a system malfunction, was discovered by HMC during routine developmental testing of the RSPA feature. HMC quickly identified erroneous coding in the RPSA software as the root cause and implemented a software running change for affected Hyundai models.
In March 2020, HMC received a report of a 2020 Sonata vehicle in the Korean market indicating the vehicle continued to move without stopping while performing a parking maneuver commanded by the RSPA feature. HMC noted that the incident vehicle contained the older RSPA software version and continued studying the effects of the software glitch identified in the previous month.
From March 16, 2020 to April 1, 2020, HMC conducted its own testing and was able to confirm that, in some instances of RSPA operation, the test vehicle continued moving in its last commanded direction despite the triggering of the “fail-safe” mode. HMC subsequently notified all affected distributors of its findings and advised each to consider the appropriate action to address the condition in their respective markets.
Based on this information, on April 2, 2020, HMA convened its North America Technical Committee and decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall of affected 2020 Hyundai Nexo and Sonata vehicles in the U.S. market for correction. Hyundai is not aware of any incidents, crashes, or injuries associated with this condition in the U.S. market.