Hyundai is recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles in North America following 23 fire-related incidents reported by U.S. consumers. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
According to the automaker, 203,000 2013 through 2015 Santa Fe Sport SUVs can experience a brake fluid leak that exposes the anti-lock brake computer to electrical shorts. If this occurs while the vehicle is parked in a garage, a fire could ensue, exposing property to fire damage.
So far, 18 reports of fires were associated with this recall.
Until recalled vehicles are repaired, the firm is urging consumers to park their cars outdoors and away from any structures.
The second recall impacts 187,000 2019 and 2020 Elantras, as well as the 2019 through 2021 Konas and Velosters.
These vehicles’ engines may come with piston rings that may have not been properly heat-treated. In this case, engine damage may occur, leading to oil leaks and fires.
At least five fires tied to this problem were reported to the automaker.
First Recall Involves Issue Brought Up In Late 2020
While the Santa Fe SUVs are being recalled over leaks that can lead to fires now, this is far from a new problem for Hyundai.
According to news outlets, the same vehicles were recalled for the same problem in September 2020. However, it took months for the firm to enhance the remedy previously applied to address the problem. In order to keep consumers safe, dealers will replace a fuse and, if needed, replace the vehicles’ computer.
Santa Fe SUV owners should expect to receive a notification in the mail in June about the recall. If you own one of the recalled vehicles and worry about your safety until then, reach out to Hyundai for more information.
New Software, Engine Replacement: What’s Hyundai Doing To Avoid Fires?
In order to address the piston problem in the vehicles impacted by the second recall, the firm will also contact impacted vehicle owners in June.
At dealerships, the vehicles’ engines will be inspected and replaced if necessary. A piston noise sensing software will also be installed.
Repairs associated with both recalls should be carried out entirely for free.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles, heed the recommendations made by the automaker and park your vehicle outdoors. Until the manufacturer sends out recall notices, do not hesitate to contact the automaker to have your questions answered.
Avoid ignoring this or any other recall campaigns associated with a vehicle you own. As you can see with Hyundai’s latest recalls, many of these safety issues lead to accidents. Ignoring open recalls puts your life in danger.