Automaker Hyundai recalled almost 12,000 vehicles because their semi-autonomous parking feature failed to function. The recall covers 2020 Sonata and Nexo models equipped with Remote Smart Parking Assist.
Hyundai is voluntarily recalling 11,870 vehicles because of a glitch in the Remote Smart Parking Assist Feature. This feature is intended to allow drivers to step out of their vehicles and allow the car to park itself in a tight or difficult spot.
Unfortunately for the automaker, the glitch may prevent the car from stopping during the auto park process. The first report of the issue happened in March, when a South Korean driver’s vehicle failed to stop while self-parking. No one was hurt in the incident, but Hyundai is taking the problem seriously.
What You Should Do Next
Recall notices will start arriving on June 4th. Affected drivers will need to bring their Sonatas or Nexos to an authorized dealership. There, a technician will reprogram the Remote Smart Parking Assist module for free.
As always, you can enter your VIN (vehicle identification number) into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s database to see if your vehicle is part of an active recall. Auto recalls never expire, so even if you are unable to make an appointment immediately, you will still be entitled to a free repair as soon as you can get to a Hyundai dealership.
However, it might be a good idea to avoid using the smart park feature of your 2020 Sonata or Nexo until the vehicle is checked out.
Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 191.
What Is Smart Parking?
During this year’s Super Bowl, the most talked-about commercial was this one for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. In the video, Chris Evans, Rachel Dratch, and John Krasinski swoon over the “Smart Park” feature with comically thick Boston accents. The joke is that the words sound like “smaht pahk,” but the feature they’re promoting is the star of the video. (Well, Chris Evans’ perfectly groomed beard is the true star.)
Smart parking systems like the one in the Sonata use a combination of cameras and sensors to effortlessly park your vehicle in the tightest, trickiest of spaces. And you don’t need to be in the car to use the feature.
Self-parking cars are likely the way of the future. While parking in suburban or rural areas is usually simple, urban parking presents a greater challenge. Smaller spaces and the dreaded parallel parking could be solved with smart park technology.
But only if that technology actually works.