Today’s automotive technology continues to add benefits, but also comes with some consequences. For example, Hyundai’s remote smart parking assistant, which was featured in a Super Bowl commercial starring John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch and Chris Evans, was just recalled. The automaker’s testing showed that the system could allow the vehicle to move after there has been a system malfunction.
Let’s look at what this Hyundai recall means for owners in the United States.
Why Was Remote Smart Parking Assistant Recalled?
The system, which was formerly known as Remote Parking Assistant is available on newer Nexo and Sonata models. This feature is designed to use sensors to pull an unoccupied Hyundai vehicle into a parking space when the driver holds a button on the key fob.
The feature stops the vehicle if the button is released by the driver/owner. It will also stop if an obstacle is seen by the sensors. The system can also go into a “fail-safe” mode if a malfunction is present.
However, it’s possible for the Remote Parking feature to malfunction and not stop as expected. The manufacturer saw the issue when testing was done. Hyundai also received a report from a person living in South Korea. There are no reported accidents or malfunctions related to the U.S glitch yet.
What’s the Solution?
Starting in June, Hyundai will start replacing the systems in the 11,870 vehicles under recall with newly developed software. If your vehicle is under recall, schedule an appointment with your local Hyundai dealer to have the software replaced. It’s also smart to check for vehicle recalls through the NHTSA website.
Are you ready for a new Hyundai vehicle? You want one that runs on the new software or doesn’t come with this system at all. Maybe it’s time to consider purchasing a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra.