180K Hyundai Vehicles Recalled
Roughly one week after a recall of more than 150,000 Santa Fe SUVs due to a fire risk, the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group has expanded the recall to 180,000 2019 to 2021 Hyundai Tucson models.
The problem involves an electrical malfunction in these vehicles that puts them at risk of catching fire.
Specifically, the vehicles may suffer from corrosion that could cause a short circuit in certain defective anti-lock brake circuit boards. This is a potential fire risk even if the vehicle’s engine is off. Owners of these vehicles are being asked to park them outside to avoid the possibility that a potential fire could erupt in garages and other enclosed spaces.
Indeed, there have been 12 fires reported so far, but fortunately there are no known injuries, according to Hyundai officials.
Hyundai is asking owners of these SUVs whose anti-lock brake warning light comes on should not drive them. They are further asked to disconnect the positive cable on the battery.
Additionally, some 9,000 Kia Stingers are also being recalled for a similar problem after the auto maker learned of six fires in the 2019 model year cars. These fires reportedly took place in cars that were in motion. However, Kia is still asking owners to take precautions by parking the vehicles outside.
Back on September 3rd, U.S. safety regulators reported that Hyundai and Kia would recall over 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada to fix a brake fluid leak that could cause engine fires.
However, those recalls are unrelated to this latest one. The earlier recall affected more than 440,000 Kia Optima midsize sedans from 2013 through 2015 and Kia Sorento SUVs from 2014 and 2015. Also covered are 203,000 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs from 2013 to 2015.