Hyundai Motor America has announced a recall of the 2015 Genesis. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the model has a leak that could allow water into the taillight.
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That in itself may not seem like a big deal. After all, most of us have had a leaky headlight or two over the years. The difference is, the leak in the Genesis can cause an electrical glitch that may result in two different problems:
1) Incorrect display of the vehicle's gear on the instrument panel, allowing drivers to think they're in one gear when they're actually in another;
2) A lag in shifting from one gear to another -- specifically, out of Park and into Drive or Reverse.
Either of those problems could result in unintended movement of the vehicle or the driver making a maneuvering mistake. In both situations, the chance of an accident increases.
According to NHTSA, the faulty fixture was manufactured by SL Lighting Corporation of South Korea. The recall is limited to Genesis models built between February 21, 2014 and January 24, 2015. Approximately 24,400 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected.
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Hyundai says that it will begin mailing recall notices to Genesis owners "beginning in the second quarter of 2015". After receiving those notices, owners can take their vehicles to a Hyundai dealer, who will apply pads to the taillight, which should stop any potential leaks.
If you believe that you own one of the vehicles listed above and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Hyundai customer service at 855-671-3059 and ask about recall #128. If you prefer, you can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V097000.