Engineer, Vehicle Safety Investigations

Date: Jun 26, 2024

Location: Michigan/California, MI, US, 92708/4819

Company: Hyundai Motor America

At Hyundai, we’ve rethought our business and created cars that combine performance, quality, design and innovation into a complete package.

It’s time you rethink what you expect from an employer.

At Hyundai, we understand you're not just building a career – you're building a life. We believe in our people and realize that our success is a direct result of our commitment in offering you great opportunities for your career. If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for a chance to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.



Superior Township, MI
Fountain Valley, CA


  • Responsible for identifying and defining safety, compliance, and regulatory concerns on Hyundai and Genesis models.
  • Responsible for creating escalation material for executive review.


*This role will report to either Superior Township, Michigan, or Fountain Valley, California office locations.

Major Responsibilities

  • Through examination of consumer complaint data, field reports, legal cases, supplier information; dealer reports, plant information, prior safety recalls, compliance and consumer metric testing, NHTSA VOQ data and outliers in warranty data, identify possible safety related defects and/or FMVSS non-compliances associated with Hyundai production vehicles.
  • Conduct a thorough data-driven, but timely, investigation.
  • Exercise discretion and judgment to determine preliminary severity, occurrence, and detectability scores.
  • Actively track and manage assigned cases to ensure KPI’s are within requirements (including handle time, response time and reporting deadlines).
  • Draft presentations for management review that clearly defines the issue(s) and the parameters outlined above.
  • Provide immediate notification to upper management of potential catastrophic defects requiring stop sale or immediate field action.

Major Responsibilities (continued)


  • Position requires maintaining a high level of technical knowledge about Hyundai vehicles and automotive components to assist in identifying potential vehicle safety conditions.
  • This position will have access to Hyundai expertise needed to complete investigations and a direct line to upper management to inform of critical issues identification.
  • Liaise with Hyundai design, manufacturing, and supplier affiliates.
  • Responsible for setting objectives and achieving results that have an impact on performance.


~ Master’s degree a plus
~ Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Applied Statistics/Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering or Automotive Engineering preferred.

Related Experience

  • At least six years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in conducting timely investigations into equipment failure modes.
  • Experience in gathering and analyzing statistical data preferred.
  • One or more years of experience in the automotive business, including, vehicle safety, design, testing, field reliability evaluation, and service is preferred.
  • Automotive assembly plant or component manufacturing experience a plus.


  • Results-driven with excellent project and program management skills.
  • Ability to proactively collaborate with peers, vehicle component experts, and leadership within the organization and creatively problem-solve needed to complete investigations.
  • Ability to identify and utilize the corporation's expertise related to the issue under investigation.
  • Specialized knowledge of specific vehicle systems or performance areas such as powertrain, chassis, electrical, crashworthiness, etc.
  • Ability to present investigation findings to all pertinent levels of the corporation.
  • Aptitude to work well with and communicate clearly with members of various HMA and HMC legal, quality, engineering, testing, and service departments.
  • Ability to establish a professional relationship, work well, and communicate clearly with NHTSA Investigators on identified issues of concern.


  • N/A.

Physical Requirements

Normal office duties
Travel: 0% - 25%

Work Model

#LI-Hybrid (60% Onsite/40% Remote)




$86,800.00 - $124,000.00 Annual


  • Monthly Hyundai/Genesis vehicle lease allowance (including insurance and maintenance)
  • Holiday Pay - the company shuts down with pay between Christmas and New Years.
  • Vacation and sick time off
  • Healthcare insurance (medical, dental, and vision)
  • 401(K) company match
  • Additional 401(K) Employer Enhanced Contribution program – eligible after 1 year of employment, in addition to the regular employer matching contribution
  • Basic life insurance, short- and long-term disability
  • Mental health, wellbeing, and employee assistance program
  • Health advocate (coordinate care and services, assistance with claim and billing issues, understanding Hyundai benefits)


Our Company adheres to the equal employment opportunity guidelines set forth by federal, state and local laws.  The information requested on this form is sought in good faith and will not be used to discriminate against the applicant based on race, religion or creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, marital status, sex or gender (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, or related circumstances), gender identity, gender expression, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, military and veteran status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state and local laws.