In a recent move, Hyundai recalled the Genesis and Equus models because of potentially faulty wiper motors. Those that have already purchased the vehicles can get such an issue fixed by the automaker free of charge. The recall has been made when the firm found out that the faulty wiper motor motor covers would cause the wiper motors to overheat. This can then cause fires which may lead to larger costs, and even a lawsuit or two.
Hyundai Recalls 18,000 Genesis and Equus Models
In a swift move, Hyundai has recalled a total of 18,000 Genesis and Equus vehicles to replace the defective wiper motor covers. Said covers were manufactured by Valeo. In comparison, GM recalled their line of SUVs when they found a similar problem. The difference is that this South Korean car manufacturer is more of a bad news/good news recall.
The good news is that the wiper motor covers are unlikely to overheat and would otherwise cause a problem. Nevertheless, the bad news here is that the wipers are still flawed and can still stop working. The recall is then found to be more of delivering customer satisfaction better rather than receiving more negative reviews from their clientele.
As per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the problem is within the corrosion seal of the wiper covers. These seals can degrade over time and will expose the circuit board lying underneath. When in contact with moisture, they can then short out and will then have the potential to create fires. For a “minor” issue if this were to happen, the wipers would just stop moving altogether.
The vehicles in question are the 2012 Hyundai Genesis models that were built from August 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012, along with the 2011 to 2013 Equus models from the same car manufacturer that were built from July 1, 2011 to June 12, 2012.
In a statement released by the NHTSA, the 18,700 vehicles involved in the recent recall were all registered within the United States. The notices are being sent out to the owners of the aforementioned vehicles which would advise them to bring their cars to their dealers to have the wipers repaired free of charge.
This recall from Hyundai might not be much of a surprise since General Motors did the same thing last October by recalling 30,000 SUVs with a similar problem. However, what’s unusual here is that GM also used the same manufacturer with their wiper motors.