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Alleged Hyundai Sonata YF Sudden Acceleration Crash at 117km/h Captured on Video

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No doubt, you have all heard about the sudden acceleration problems that plagued the Toyota Group, mainly in North America, for a couple of years. Now, a driver is putting the blame of a car crash that occurred this past Sunday, May 6, 2012, in the South Korean city of Daegu, on a sticky accelerator. The said car is the latest generation Hyundai Sonata YF sedan.

What makes this incident of particular interest is that it was captured on film by a dashboard mounted camera in the Sonata, which is something we don't remember seeing before in crashes relating or alleged to be related to sticky accelerator pedals.

The 30-second long clip shows the Korean sedan stopped at a light with a previous generation Hyundai standing in front when the Sonata appears to accelerate. At this point, we hear a conversation from the driver and passengers as well as a sound that may or may not be from the handbrake being lifted.

From there on, the Korean sedan appears to accelerate uncontrollably with the driver passing several red lights, narrowly avoiding a couple of crashes only to end up rear-ending a stopped car at a speed of 117km/h (72mph) - at least according to the GPS data displayed on the video.

Korean news sites said that the Daegu Nambu Police is investigating the accident and has asked the National Institute of Scientific Investigation for help.

Any assistance from our Korean readers to translate what is being said in the video, would be appreciated.


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47 Comments:

Pepeh Teerapat said... »May 09, 2012

Why didn't he shift the gear to N position or cut the engine off ?

Kk said... »May 09, 2012

The driver was old man.
It was a 2009 year model of YF sonata. 
The year 2009 model has not brake override system.
Police is investigating the accident and has asked the National Institute of Scientific Investigation for help.
Sudden Acceleration of BMW also issued at korean news site.
http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/05/09/2012050902112.html?news_HeadRel
Video http://tvpot.daum.net/v/37048412?lu=flvPlayer_out

Kk said... »May 09, 2012

The driver was old man.
It was a 2009 year model of YF sonata.
The year 2009 model has not brake override system.
Police is investigating the accident and has asked the National Institute of Scientific Investigation for help.
Sudden Acceleration of BMW also issued at korean news site.
news.chosun . com/site/data/html_dir/2012/05/09/2012050902112.html?news_HeadRel
Video tvpot.daum . net/v/37048412?lu=flvPlayer_out

Kk said... »May 09, 2012

The driver was old man.
It was a 2009 year model of YF sonata.
The year 2009 model has not brake override system.
Police is investigating the accident and has asked the National Institute of Scientific Investigation for help.
Sudden Acceleration of BMW also issued at korean news site.
Video tvpot.daum . net/v/37048412?lu=flvPlayer_out

Kk said... »May 09, 2012

The driver was old man.
It was a 2009 year model of YF sonata.
The year 2009 model has not brake override system.
Police is investigating the accident and has asked the National Institute of Scientific Investigation for help.
Sudden Acceleration of BMW also issued at korean news site.
Video :  tvpot.daum.net/v/37048412

Kk said... »May 09, 2012

The driver was old man.
It was a 2009 year model of YF sonata.
The year 2009 model has not brake override system.
Police is investigating the accident and has asked the National Institute of Scientific Investigation for help.
Sudden Acceleration of BMW also issued at korean news site.

Video : tvpot . daum . net/v/37048412

Kk said... »May 09, 2012

test

Yavor Trassiev said... »May 09, 2012

I am compassionate for the innocent people and their pain, but for god's sake PUT IT IN N.
I know in such situations it's the panic that dictates your actions but EVERY driver must have a general working knowledge of their car as well as PROPER training to be able to react properly in situations like unintended acceleration, engine cutout, tire blowout, aqua planning, icy roads, lift-off oversteer etc. Sadly most don't :/

Łukasz Demolin said... »May 09, 2012

 From the sound of it it was an automatic. Not as simple to shut it off as pushing the clutch pedal on the manual tranny.

Kk said... »May 09, 2012

It is terrible accident. It is still not clear wwhy driver didn't shift the gear to N position
And, It is not the latest generation, it is year 2009 model.

Latest American model has Brake Override System.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/sns-all-new-hyundai-models-will-have-brake-overri-20120503,0,5575566.story

Unfortunately, earlest year model of s.korea version has not it.

gcdriver said... »May 09, 2012

Too busy dodging cars and being scared for his life, maybe? You never know what you'll do until you end up in a situation like this.

CarolineFournier said... »May 09, 2012

Not everybody has your reflexes... The man was just overwhelmed by whats happening

Sandeep said... »May 09, 2012

Damn..that was scary!!!

tb1 said... »May 09, 2012

Hey, why not just depress brake pedal?

Sebastian Rydzewski said... »May 09, 2012

second accident with Sonata - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H7X4qWaAadA

DavidRuck said... »May 09, 2012

Or apply the E-brake

Jjwithman said... »May 09, 2012

for those people with comments about shifting to Neutral...bla...bla...bla, how many of you actually thought about with during the video?
if you think about it after the video, then it's too freaking late.

Sarah Blight Mann said... »May 09, 2012

Interesting how he had the reflexes to go around that car, but not throw into neutral. wonder what happened to the people in the minivan he hit... thankfully he didn't run over those pedestrians.

Snellgrovia said... »May 09, 2012

That Sonata can move!!!

Alex said... »May 09, 2012

Those people who wrote about switching to neutral, did not panic would have switched. Or to turn off the engine or at least shook the brake to the floor. Because we are crazy about cars here in the good sense of the word, spend a lot of time behind the wheel and have some experience. But want the same reaction from housewives - is unrealistic. It could even close your eyes, throw the steering wheel and call for help. But until recently ran the car. But who could know what happens next, it would be better, it really threw the steering wheel and crash into someone at the very beginning, when the speed was small.

O Anjum786 said... »May 09, 2012

actually its just as simple, only difference instead of hitting the clutch, push the gear selector to N... DUHH!!!

Guest said... »May 09, 2012

I guess same thing happened in this video... 

http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/04/that-is-one-way-to-enter-gas-station.html

RB said... »May 09, 2012

Was anyone else impressed how quick that Sonata seemed to be?

tkindred said... »May 09, 2012

I remember in my early twenties, a while ago, I was driving my modified Datsun 240Z. I was exiting a cloverleaf freeway when it suddenly accelerated without control.  Before the thought of turning the ignition or putting it in neutral came to my mind, my buddy in the passenger side reached over and turned the ignition key. I was panicking and he was a total car repair guy. And I knew quite a bit about cars then. Just panicked I think. Not sure. It happened so fast.

navypond said... »May 09, 2012

grow up.

Wallario said... »May 09, 2012

ask your self, why this happened so often in KOREA? i mean...we have sonata here and there in US right? and Im pretty sure after the Toyota incident ppl will definitely rise up and bring it to the media attention, if similar "sudden-acceleration" happens.  so why in korea? 

911 said... »May 10, 2012

(Assuming this is a technical defect and not some kind of medical condition) How stupid can people be? I mean, if you don't stay that cool to put the gear lever into neutral when you get into that situation, OK. But what you can do is hit the brakes and that should be a completely natural reaction. Try out what happens, when you press the gas pedal completly down and you step onto your brakes while doing that, your car will certainly not be accelerating to 117km/h, every halfway normal car will stop very quickly.

There are so many incapable people out there that shoudln't be moving faster than walking speed. Skiing this year on a flat slope without any bumps: A women comes gliding into the opposite direction the slope is supposed to use, 10m away from me she panics, steers right into me und afterwards complains that I run her over. Same with this Hyundai driver, I bet he even hit the gas pedal hard, just in case the engine went to idle again^^

Ardho said... »May 10, 2012

From youtube comment:0 :07 (Woman) Oops!

0 :08 (man) What's wrong with my car?!

0 :09 (woman) !%!@$(noise)

0 :10 (man) What's wrong with my car?!

0 :11 (woman) (crying) What do we do now? What do we do?

0 :12 (man) !@@$@! (noise, maybe he said "Hold on!".. I don't know exactly)

(Crush)

0: 20 (groan)
 

Guest said... »May 10, 2012

This sort of incident can only occur with an automatic gearbox. In order to keep the car stationary, the driver would be holding the brake (and/or, less likely, may have switched to neutral). Either way, it's not just the accelerator that's malfunctioning, the brakes and/or transmission are not responding properly either. (That is, assuming it's not driver error.)

skinnydaddy said... »May 11, 2012

With the Toyota recall  nothing was ever really found wrong with any of the cars. Most if not all turned out to be driver panic.

I think the other cause is people under estimating how powerful the newer smaller engines are becoming. Thanks to things like Variable Valve Timing and Electronic lift control these engines no longer have the power lag as the RPM's build. This sudden and quick power is panicking people and not giving them the time to think.

shahbaz malik said... »May 13, 2012

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The Bonesaw said... »May 16, 2012

Why does this "old man" have a dashboard camera? Seems awfully convenient that the one Sonata that suddenly happened to accelerate out of control just happened to have a camera running...

Guest said... »May 16, 2012

Looks like the man couldn't be patient and tried to speed up and go around everyone and just ended up crashing his car. Even the lady is tell him he should drive slow before he started to accelerated.I lived in Korea and they don't follow road rule, are impatient and are very selfish drivers. Definitely curious on the results of this. Either 1) i need a new car since i have the same Sonata but never had a issue or 2) he is an impatient ass idiot who should go to jail for putting people in danger. On a side note, I was hit by two car while living in Korea that ran a red light while people are crossing at the cross walk. Running red lights is common in Korea. Very common.

Nothanks said... »May 16, 2012

If the brake pedal is applied at the same time as throttle the ecu  will put the car into a limp mode which would not allow the vehicle to accelerate like this. He clearly did not attempt to apply the brakes and most likely was slamming on the throttle with his foot.

Mkovach242 said... »May 16, 2012

I owned a Sonata 4 years ago and it took off on its own also.  I put the engine into neutral and it "screamed' but wouldn't stop.  I had 911 on the cell phone of a passenger telling them the engine won't stop "screaming" and the car wouldn't stop.  I turned the engine off twice and it wouldn't go off. My car struck the car in front and the engine continued to whine. The driver I struck heard the engine kept his foot on his brakes to try to stop me from pushing him.  On the 3rd try my engine turned off.  Hyundai had their specialists come down from Michigan and tore the engine apart.  They found FIVE failures in the engine that could have caused this.  Hyundai then gave me a new car, no out of pocket expense for me. Six months later my husband was driving this new car and it took off on its own coming up our driveway.  The garage stopped the car but the familiar "scream" of the engine was heard loud and clear.
Neither the dealer or Hyundai would listen to us this time and we bought a new car as neither of us would go back into this car.  Since then, I have heard of 2 other people that this has happened to.

DavidRuck said... »May 17, 2012

Anyone know if Kia is having issues since they're owned by Hyundai? 

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Joke R said... »May 28, 2012

Yes... Playing Gran Turismo helps!

Joke R said... »May 28, 2012

Looked like a thrilling ride.

wes virtue said... »June 05, 2012

I feel bad for the people that got rear ended. It could possibly be that they will have life long chronic injures worse than the at fault vehicles. People drive badly when they are in mild duress. It's a lot to expect them to drive even better under these panic situations

will wong said... »June 07, 2012

 What kind of automatics do you have in your country?
To get neutral all you have to do is push the gear lever forward.

Rick said... »July 04, 2012

Just tonight I approached a stop sign and applied my brakes with my right foot on my 2011 Sonata at 40 mph. The car fought the deceleration attempt and accelerated when I released the brake momentarily. I quickly reapplied the brakes with the same result. The third attempt was successful. By then I was halfway into the intersection. This is the second time this has happened. The first was in the winter I wrote it off to being on black ice. Today it was 89 degrees. The next time this happens I plan on putting the transmission into neutral and see what the rpm's do. The floormat is locked in place and is not in contact with the gas pedal.

whiplash4ever said... »August 18, 2012

Alas, ALAS ,   THE FIRST SENSIBLE REVIEW OF THIS VIDEO.
if the car is suddenly accelerating, 
WHY the reaction to turn the steering wheel to the left, a dangerous move,,,
 ( turn right, the parked cars don't have passengers inside) 
+ ( NO HIGH SPEED CRASHES AND INJURY) .
only wishes i understand the Korean language .
btw, where's the other footage prior to this clip.
wonder why, but too bad for the injured driver, it's passenger, and the people inside the other vehicles, whiplash is painful, last a whole lifetime.

whiplash4ever said... »August 18, 2012

this sounds very serious, could we've more details on this incident.
please post .thanks.

Pencilneck said... »October 18, 2012

It is the accelerator assembly, just as on Toyotas. Hyundai is on the verge of a stupendous recall, perhaps even more monumental than Toyota's.

Mikiya Okuno said... »November 08, 2012

Toyota's case was totally a false charge, as NHTSA reported: http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nvs/pdf/NHTSA_report_execsum.pdf

You should separate the real problem from the false one.

city said... »March 06, 2013

thanks for sharing.

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