Hyundai’s Nexo and Kona cars recalled for faulty brakes

Fountain Valley, CA – December 28, 2020 – Hyundai Motor Company (NASDAQ:HYMTF) has recalled 8,176 vehicles, due to a sensor signal malfunction that may “significantly” reduce braking power, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall includes 2019-2020 Nexo Fuel Cell sedans and 2019-2021 Kona Electric SUVs.

Recall summary  

These vehicles operate with an Integrated Electronic Brake (IEB) system which is designed to automatically reduce the speed of a car when the system determines that the risk of a crash is increasing.  

Recalled vehicles’ IEB may receive a faulty “sensor signal,” which may illuminate the malfunction indicator lamp and increase the time it takes the vehicle to slow down after applying brakes.

Hyundai recalled the 2020 Nexo due to a self-parking system issue in April of 2020. Several model years of Hyundai Kona electric vehicles were recalled in 2020 for a battery issue that could lead to a fire.


If the brakes do not work as designed, the driver may not brake in time to avoid hitting another vehicle, a pedestrian or a stationary object, such as the curb, railing or a tree. A crash may injure the vehicle occupants or passengers in other vehicles.

An owner of a 2019 Nexo logged a complaint of last year that mentioned that the brakes would intermittently fail, causing the braking power to fall dramatically and the car speed to be limited to 13 mph. The failure also seemed to allow the car to “roll backward when the brake is not applied.” The complaint was logged before Hyundai started its investigation.

The repair

To fix the issue, dealers will need to update the IEB software. The repair is free of charge. Hyundai expects the recall to begin on January 22, 2021. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 8,100 vehicles are included in this Hyundai Kona Electric and Nexo recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Ken BoydHyundai’s Nexo and Kona cars recalled for faulty brakes

Crash Risk Prompts Hyundai to Recall Nexo and Sonata Vehicles

Laguna Hills, CA – April 9, 2020 – Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) announced a recall of 2020 Nexo and Sonata vehicles. 11,870 vehicles are included in the recall. The issue is with self-parking system recently popularized by a Youtube video featuring A-list celebrities. The remote control of these vehicles may allow the vehicle to move without control and cause a crash, exposing owners and others to injury.

Parking System Malfunction

The “Smart Park” remote parking control problem of Hyundai’s Sonata and Nexo 2020 vehicles was seen in February 2020 when the company was testing these vehicles. It then did a software update to correct the problem on vehicles it built after but did not update vehicles already built. The issue was seen as rare and not likely to happen again. A Hyundai spokesman told Consumer Report that more investigation had to be done to see if a recall is needed.

Hyundai later got a report that a vehicle continued to move without control while parking remotely. That vehicle was one built before the software update. The company said no one was injured in that incident and it is not aware of any similar incident in the USA.

The problem only affects 2020 Sonata vehicles made between Oct. 22, 2019, and March 20 and Nexo vehicles rolled out between Aug. 16, 2019, and Feb. 18, 2020. The company says there has been no report of accident, injury, or death due to the problem.

Hyundai did have some recalls over the years involving some of its vehicles. The problems were with Sonata, Genesis, Santa Fe and Tucson. Issues included hood latch not securing properly, brake light indicator not coming on, transmission problem causing vehicle to stall, and sunroof deflector detaching while driving. None of the issues present a lethal risk. Recall completion rate for these issues is at 86.5%.

This latest remote-control problem is not widespread, confined only to the 2020 Sonata and Nexo vehicles made before the problem was seen. There is no other open recall for this vehicle part, as the system was only installed on early output of these two models.

Does This Hyundai Recall Affect You?

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 4, 2020.

Use lookup tool to find out if your vehicle is affected, book an appointment for a free repair, and sign up for notifications.

Joe GlaserCrash Risk Prompts Hyundai to Recall Nexo and Sonata Vehicles