South Korean carmaker Hyundai has recalled around 41,000 examples of the 2016 Tucson SUV in the United States, to fix a software glitch that stops the SUVs from accelerating.
The recqall affects Tucsons fitted with Hyundai's 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox that were built from May 20, 2015 to May 31, 2016.
According to Hyundai, the carmaker noticed the problem it started getting reports in June that the engines would rev but the SUVs wouldn't move after coming to a stop. In official government documents, Hyundai claims that the issue was intermittent and often didn't repeat itself.
Hyundai engineers investigating the issue traced the problem to the transmission control computer that monitors the way the car is being driven and refines gear shifts accordingly. If the accelerator pedal is repeadtedly cycled the affected Tucson SUVs may not accelerate, increasing the risk of an accident.
Hyundai at first sent a service bulletin to dealers about the issue but later upgraded the issue to a full recall after the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration applied pressure.
Hyundai started the recall on the September 7 and dealers will reprogram the transmission computer to fix the issue.