Hyundai is recalling nearly 100,000 sedans over fire concerns. According to the automaker, the vehicles come with anti-lock-brake (ABS) systems that may experience a fire. Impacted units include the 2015 and 2016 Hyundai Genesis as well as the 2017 through 2020 Genesis G80.
The 94,646 vehicles can expose drivers and passengers to fires caused by electrical shorts in the ABS modules. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least two auto fires have been associated with these vehicles. Thankfully, no serious or deadly injuries have been reported.
Hyundai: Fires Can Start Even If Sedans Aren’t In Use
Hyundai is encouraging impacted car owners to park their vehicle outside until the issue is addressed. That is due to the fact that fires can start even if the vehicle is not in use. In such cases, auto fires can expose structures to fire damage.
While the car is in use, owners should keep an eye on the dashboard and look for the battery or check-engine lights illuminating to avoid fire-related injuries. These are signs that a fire may soon break out.
Hyundai plans on alerting drivers about the issue early May. They will be asked to schedule a visit to a dealership where the ABS module fuses will be replaced for free.
Not The First Fire-Related Recall For Hyundai, Kia
The sibling corporations Kia and Hyundai have had their share of fire-related recalls.
According to a number of reports, both automakers have recalled six million vehicles since 2015 over fire-related risks. As both companies deal with engine and fire recalls, the NHTSA worries that consumers are at risk.
In 2019, regulators investigated Hyundai and Kia for engine fires. In its report, officials said that the automakers acted too slowly to recall the three million vehicles that presented the issue. The NHTSA eventually forced the automakers to launch a recall. Both firms were fined $210 million.