After the big release hype, Hyundai has now announced that it’s recalling nearly twelve thousand of its 2020 Nexo and Sonata vehicles. The recall is due to a problem with the Smart Park system of the vehicles. The innovative parking-assist software can cause unintentional vehicle movement, which could potentially lead to unpredictable consequences. The problem is apparently causing the recall of thousands of vehicles for software reprogramming of their Remote Smart Parking Assist technology.
The New Smart Park System Was Supposed to Park the Vehicle By Itself
The “Smart Park” tech is supposed to allow the Hyundai vehicles to park themselves, even in tight spaces. The entire procedure does not require a driver sitting behind the wheel and is controlled by a push of a button inside the car, right before the driver exits it. There is also an option that allows the driver to remote-control the parking function. The recall notice says that the feature may cause the vehicle to move without orders, which could cause an accident.
The Smart Park System Was Advertised During the Super Bowl
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the issue is caused by an error in the software programming, causing the vehicle to keep moving in its last set direction. The error would occur even if the software detects that the system is malfunctioning.
So far, Hyundai has reported no injuries or accidents as a direct result of the issue, which the company vows to fix at no charge in June. Owners of the 2020 Hyundai Nexo or Sonata can check the NHTSA website to see if their vehicle is among the problematic ones.
The smart park technology that caused the recall of the Sonata and Nexo models was advertised during the Super Bowl, which makes the situation an even more expensive blunder. Fortunately, not all vehicles are affected by the issues, and Hyundai has acted quickly to resolve the problem for its clients.