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NTSB investigates potential brake problem with Hyundai Genesis

Several consumers across the country have come across an alarming problem with new Hyundai Genesis cars that could put themselves and other motorists in dangerous situations in the upcoming months. According to at least 23 reports already issued to the National Transportation Safety Board, consumers are finding that the vehicle’s brakes suddenly become less effective or stop working altogether. In several cases, consumers have been behind the wheel of the vehicle when the failure occurred, resulting in a number of crashes and one woman even losing control of her vehicle.

While reports do not indicate if anyone has been injured as a result of this automotive defect, the NTSB is still taking the situation very seriously and has opened a preliminary evaluation into an estimated 40,000 Hyundai Genesis cars from 2009 and newer. As some of our readers may know, this evaluation could eventually lead to a recall if it is confirmed that the antilock brake system, thought to be the cause of the problem, is indeed faulty.

With so many people on California’s roadways, residents here in Los Angeles may be particularly worried about this possible danger.  That’s because, as our readers know, this particular mechanical failure could result in serious -- if not fatal -- accidents.  Because Hyundai knows about the problem though, accident victims may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for any injuries or deaths that happened as a result of mechanical failure.  This could mean serious litigation down the road and hopefully compensation for victims in the end.

Source: Reuters News, "U.S. safety regulators probe Hyundai Genesis for brake issues," Ben Klayman, Oct. 21, 2013

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