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All about the latest Hyundai Recalls

All about the latest Hyundai Recalls

December 18, 2021

Add the 2017 Hyundai Tucson crossover SUV and 2017 Sonata Hybrid sedan to the growing list of vehicles affected by Hyundai engine fires. Over 95,000 models will be recalled, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday, adding to prior recalls for increased risk of engine fires.

The expanded recall includes 82,268 Tucson and 13,247 Sonata Hybrid models powered by the 2.0-liter inline-4 “Nu” gas engine; the 2017 models join the 2016 Sonata Hybrid and 2014-2015 Kia Soul, as well as newer models recalled earlier this year. The 2019-2020 Hyundai Elantra and 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona and Veloster were recalled in May of this year for engine fires. 

2018 Sonata

The issue with Hyundai Recall

The anti-lock brake system includes a hydraulic, electronic control unit (HECU). A defective circuit board may corrode internally and cause an electrical short. This type of electrical issue may cause an engine compartment fire.

There are several situations that may show an engine compartment fire. If the driver sees smoke from the engine compartment, smells burning or melting, a fire may take place. If the vehicle’s malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) or ABS warning light is illuminating (or both lights are on), there is a risk of engine compartment fire.

Statista estimates that there were 189,500 highway vehicle fires in the US during 2019. Hyundai has documented 12 engine compartment fires related to this defect. 


Dangers and risks

An engine fire can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which may cause an accident. Causing injuries to passengers, pedestrians, or occupants in other vehicles.

If your vehicle has an engine compartment fire, the National Fire Association Council recommends you do:

  • Pull over as quickly as you can into a safe location, such as a rest stop or breakdown lane.
  • Turn off the engine slowly and safely
  • Make sure that all occupants get out of the vehicle
  • Move everyone at least 100 feet away 
  • Call 9-1-1 and explain the situation

The repair

Hyundai will notify owners and replace the defective components. To eliminate the risk of an electrical short circuit, dealers will need to replace the anti-lock brake hydraulic, electronic control unit (HECU). We expect the recall to begin on October 30 and is free.

It is good to get your car tested out to know if it is part of the recall or not, and if it is, then the company will pay for the damages that you were part of. Your safety is the number 1 important thing here.

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