Hyundai Recalls 20,000 Velostar Cars Due to Fire Risks
Hyundai Motor America has issued a vehicle safety recall for about 33,803 2017 Elantra vehicles to fix a potentially serious problem with the car’s brake booster. According to a report in The Car Connection, the vehicles’ brake boosters were supplied by Mando America Corporation. Due to a manufacturing defect, the diaphragm in the brake booster may unseat, resulting a vacuum leak and reduction or loss in power brake assist, according to documents submitted by the automaker to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
When this happens, it could take longer for drivers to bring their vehicles to a stop, which could essentially increase the risk of a collision. So far, Hyundai has not received any reports of accidents or injuries connected to this problem. The recall seems to be limited to those vehicles manufactured between September 12, 2016 and January 18, 2017.
Hyundai began mailing recall notices to vehicle owners on February 6. Owners, once they get these notices, can take their vehicles to Hyundai dealers who will then inspect and replace the brake system booster assembly at no charge to consumers. If you have any questions about this particular recall, call Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151 or visit NHTSA’s website at safercar.gov.
Why Brake Defects are Dangerous
Defective brakes cause a number of auto accidents each year. Brake systems in vehicles are complex and could include a number of moving parts. When any one component fails, brakes may fail to work as intended. This could result in a vehicle malfunction and a potential car crash. As with the Hyundai vehicles in question, brake issues may be caused by manufacturing defects, improper installation or even poor maintenance.
When a vehicle’s brakes aren’t working properly, the driver may not be able to slow down or stop the vehicle. In some cases, malfunctioning brakes could cause the vehicle to jerk or stop unexpectedly. When the brakes pull to one side, a vehicle could even go off its lane or cross into oncoming traffic. Any one of these scenarios could result in a devastating accident and/or injury.
Auto Product Liability Issues
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these or other auto defects, contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who will fight for your rights and hold the negligent automaker accountable. You may be able to receive compensation for your losses including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.