Hyundai Recalls 277K More Vehicles for Fire Risk
- Two new Hyundai recalls include models such as the 2013–2015 Santa Fe Sport and the 2019–2020 Elantra.
- The Santa Fe Sport recall is for a possible short within the anti-lock braking module that could cause an engine fire.
- The Elantra, Veloster, and Kona recall is for improperly treated piston rings, which could also cause an engine fire.
Hyundai is adding more potentially affected vehicles to its list of models with increased risk of fires, with two new recalls that include the Santa Fe Sport, Elantra, Kona, and Veloster models.
The first recall is for the 2013–2015 Santa Fe Sport crossover, with 151,205 units potentially affected according to NHTSA. It is for a defect with the braking system that could cause break fluid to leak into the ABS module, possibly resulting in an electrical short. This could increase risk of an engine fire. Owners will be notified in June, at which point dealers will begin inspecting and replacing the ABS module if necessary.
The second recall affects 125,840 total units including 2019–2020 Hyundai Elantra, 2019–2021 Kona, and 2019–2021 Veloster models equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-four engine. These engines may have improperly heat-treated piston oil rings, which could cause oil to leak onto hot exhaust components. Owners of affected vehicles will receive letters in June, and dealers will be prepared to replace the engine in certain cases.
These latest recalls add to Hyundai and Kia's recent woes, as the two Korean automakers have recalled hundreds of thousands of vehicles for similar issues. Numerous Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia models have been recalled for similar potential brake-fluid and electrical-short issues. You can check the NHTSA recalls site to see if your vehicle is affected.