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  • Hyundai is recalling 11,870 of its 2020 Sonata and Nexo vehicles over a problem with the “smart park” remote parking-assist software.
  • According to a filing with NHTSA, the software can permit unintended vehicle movement, which could cause a crash.
  • This is the “smaht pahk” technology that was introduced with a Super Bowl commercial earlier this year.

    Hyundai has announced it is recalling 11,870 of its 2020 Sonata and Nexo vehicles to reprogram the software that runs its Remote Smart Parking Assist technology, a.k.a. “smart park.” The tech allows the vehicle to park itself, even in tight spaces, without a driver sitting at the wheel. It can be controlled by pushing a button inside the car before exiting or using a remote-control function on the key fob. According to the recall notice, the feature may allow the vehicle to move without having been told to do so, which could cause a crash.

    NHTSA describes the problem as an error in the software programming that could “cause the vehicle to continue to move in its last commanded direction even while a system malfunction is detected.”

    Hyundai has reported no accidents or injuries as a result of the problem, which it will fix at no charge starting on June 4. Owners of a 2020 Sonata or Nexo can check the NHTSA recalls website to see if their vehicle is involved.

    The technology in this recall is the one advertised in a Super Bowl commercial starring actors John Krasinski, Chris Evans, and Rachel Dratch and baseball legend David Ortiz.

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