Hyundai flies engineer to St. Louis after News 4 report on stuck accelerator

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 12:59 AM

(KMOV.com) -- After a News 4 report about a St. Louis woman’s SUV suddenly accelerating to 90 miles an hour, Hyundai has agreed to examine the vehicle and find out what happened.

Sheila Price says she was driving down I-70 on a Saturday morning on her way to work when her Hyundai Sante Fe suddenly started to accelerate on its own.

“I looked, it went past 55, it went to 60, it went to 65 and then it got to 70, 75, 80 and I’m like oh, my God.” Price said the brakes didn’t slow the car and she couldn’t get it to shift to neutral. She exited at Bircher and planned to drive into a fence in hopes it would stop her vehicle, but eventually she got the SUV into neutral and stopped.

Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor told News 4 that the company just learned about our story on Tuesday and contacted Price.

“These allegations are alarming but because it’s so unlikely that this can happen, we’ve got to figure out what’s going on,” he said. Hyundai arrived at Price’s home Wednesday morning and towed her vehicle to a local dealership.

A company engineer is being flown into St. Louis to examine the vehicle and see what its black box can tell them about what happened. Price told us she was grateful for Hyundai’s response after learning about our investigation.

“Wow, that’s awesome that they’re going to step up to the plate and do something about the situation, thanks to channel 4,” she said.

When asked about the ten complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about acceleration problems with 2007 Hyundai Sante Fe vehicles, the same model that Price drives, Hyundai said it wasn’t aware of those but that their vehicles don’t have sudden acceleration problems. A spokesman for NHTSA said. “The agency is aware of the potential issue, is monitoring complaints and other data closely, and will take appropriate action as necessary.”

News 4 will stay on top of the Hyundai investigation and tell you what they find.

 

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