In late September 2021, Hyundai announced that it was issuing a safety recall affecting 95,515 vehicles over faulty engine components that increased the risk of stalling or engine fire. This announcement comes after a separate recall impacting over 390,000 vehicles over different defective engine issues that may also increase the risk of fire. Here’s what Hyundai customers need to know about this latest auto safety recall.
Understanding the Underlying Issue
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue concerns faulty connecting rod bearings inside certain engines that may deteriorate prematurely, causing damage to the engine and increasing the risk of stalling or even fire. Currently, the NHTSA is investigating to assess the scope, frequency, and possible consequences of these engine defects.
Under this latest safety recall, all 2017 Hyundai Tucson and 2017 Hyundai Sonata hybrid vehicles are affected. The previous recall impacted 390,000 vehicles, particularly Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs manufactured between 2013 and 2015. Hyundai discovered that many of these vehicles experienced leaking brake fluid that damaged the anti-lock brake computer, thereby increasing the likelihood of electrical shorts or fires. That issue has been linked to at least 18 fires, but no injuries have been associated with these defects so far.
Next Steps For Hyundai Customers
Hyundai has announced that it will notify affected customers starting on November 12, 2021. Once customers receive their notification, they can schedule an appointment at the local dealership to receive the recommended repairs. If the dealer finds damage to the connecting rod bearings, these components will be replaced. Additionally, the dealers will install a software update that contains a new Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS). Both repairs will be performed free of charge.
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