Last week didn’t look good for South Korean automaker, Hyundai as NHTSA reveals the auto company has recalled all its models featuring the new RSPA (Remote Smart Parking Assist), over a software bug. Fortunately, this new system is currently only featured on just a couple of new models from the automaker which makes a total of about 12,000 vehicles worldwide that are being recalled.
South Korean automaker, Hyundai recalls about 12,000 vehicles worldwide because of software bug
Three months ago, it was Japanese automaker; Toyota that plans to recall 3.4 million vehicles worldwide due to airbag non-deployment issues. Now, it's Hyundai that is recalling its new cars for software bugs. Why all these recalls?
Well, it's just like the popular belief that “No one is Perfect”. Even though these companies are giants in the auto industry and they try their best to do rigorous testing before releasing new car models. They can only try to minimize the frequency at which mistakes occur; they can’t totally eliminate the possibility of once-in-a-while errors.
According to reports, Hyundai itself reported this newly detected software bug to NHTSA on the 9th of April 2020. In Hyundai’s notes, it was highlighted that this newly detected issue poses a potential risk of increasing car crashes. Also, in the report; Hyundai announced that this recall mainly includes its new cars which are the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and 2020 Hyundai Nexo models. The automaker stated that these two models are the ones sold with its new RSPA (Remote Smart Parking Assist) feature.
For those curious about this new RSPA (Remote Smart Parking Assist) feature; it’s a new technology that enables these Hyundai cars to automatically move by itself in specific ways for much easier parking, even when a human driver is not inside the car. Cool, right?
The bug which Hyundai detected has currently detected in this new “smart parking” feature is that the technology can keep a car moving even when it detects a problem. This means that it poses the risk of the car crashing into any animate or inanimate object when activated. However, there is no reason to panic for now because the possible solution might probably come as just a software update fix.
Check out this short video below that tells all you need to know about the 2020 Hyundai Nexo which also comes with this “Smart parking” technology;
2020 Hyundai Nexo - All You Need To Know