When you spend big on a new vehicle, it is fair to have high expectations. When the manufacturer does not meet these, it may not only be disappointing, it may also be dangerous.
Hyundai recently issued a recall for almost half a million of its Sonata cars built between 2014 and 2017 due to a software glitch. The manufacturer discovered that the turn signals on this model sometimes signal in the wrong direction. That is to say, you indicate right, but your light blinks left.
Working turn signals help reduce collisions
If the police notice your turn signals were not working, or you signal in the opposite direction to which you then turn, they would pull you over and give you a ticket. That is because letting other road users know what you are doing is crucial.
Put yourself in a position of a car sitting behind you, waiting to overtake. You come up to your turn off and indicate left. The manufacturer malfunction causes your signals to show right.
The driver behind you thinks you are leaving the road to the right, so they begin to overtake on your left just as you haul your steering wheel left to make your turn. The result would be a potentially deadly collision.
You could view a manufacturer issuing a product recall as a positive. While it would be best if their vehicle did not have any issues, at least they are prepared to admit when they do. Some manufacturers and dealers are less willing to address issues.
Buying a new car is a costly undertaking, yet you may consider it worth it for the peace of mind a new vehicle should give. If your new car does not work as it should, and the dealer or manufacturer refuses to solve the issue, you may need to take action under California’s lemon law.