2016 Hyundai Sonata Under Investigation for Possible Brake Issue

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation with the 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

The agency has received reports and complaints claiming that the rear brakes on the 2016 Hyundai Sonata overheat or lock up in certain situations. In the NHTSA database, the inquiry overview cites four complaints with one incident claiming to have led to a fire.

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“The bulletin states the control logic will be updated to remedy a condition where the rear brake pads can stay in contact with the rear brake rotors after completing a diagnostic self-check, causing the brakes to drag; in the next drive cycle,” NHTSA noted the inquiry disclosure.

Like other preliminary investigations, NHTSA will determine whether a more thorough investigation is necessary, which could lead to a recall if an issue is found.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that “numerous” reports had been filed with NHTSA. That has been removed. To date, 4 reports have been filed.

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