3rd Hyundai owner comes forward, company maintains nothing is wrong


by KMOV.com Staff / Russell Kinsaul


Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 2:44 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Hyundai owners continue to come forward with reports of their vehicles speeding up on their own.

A St. Louis-area man came forward Thursday, the same day an engineer from the car company arrived in St. Louis to look at another car with the same problem.

Jeff Sullivan said his 2012 Hyundai Sonata tried to drive away on its own while sitting at a McDonald’s drive through window.

“All I heard was the roar of the engine and the screeching of a tire,” he said. “Just sitting there with my foot on the brake and the car just immediately floored itself and lurched forward a few feet.”

Sullivan took the car back to the Hyundai dealership in St. Charles, coincidentally the same dealership where the engineer was looking at another car that suddenly accelerated.

The engineer looked at Sullivan’s vehicle and gave it a clean bill of health.

“Their official word is there’s nothing wrong with the car, we’re going to give it a good wash and you can drive home,” he said.

Sullivan opted instead to take the car straight to a Kia dealership and traded in his Hyundai for another car.

There’s no way my family’s getting back in this car,” he said. “Luckily there was no one in front of me and luckily I wasnt trying to pull out into traffic, otherwise I would have been creamed.”

A spokesman for Hyundai says they can’t comment on Sullivan’s case until they get more information.

Three St. Louis-area Hyundai owners have now reported experiencing sudden unintended acceleration, but the company insists there’s nothing wrong with its cars.