Hyundai issued a recalls for more than 390,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada for potential engine fires. The recalls deal with two separate problems, one for Santa Fe Sport SUVs and another affecting Elantras, Konas, and Velosters, both of which can result in fires.
Owners are urged to park their vehicles outdoors until repairs are made.
According to PBS, the first recall affects 203,000 Santa Fe Sport SUVs from the 2013-2015 model years. Recall reports indicate brake fluid can leak into the anti-lock brake computer, causing an electrical short that can result in fires. 18 fires have been reported in the United States.
Owners of the recalled Santa Fe Sport SUVs should park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures until the defect is fixed. As part of the repairs, dealers will replace a fuse and replace the computer if necessary.
Owners can be expect to be notified in June.
Some of the Santa Fe Sports were previously recalled in September 2020.
A second recall issued by Hyundai covers roughly 187,000 Elantra, Kona, and Veloster vehicles with 2-liter engines.
This recall deals with piston rings that may not have been properly heat-treated, possibly causing engine damage, oil leaks, and fires. Hyundai says the rings can also chip, scuffing the engine cylinder.
Five fires have been linked to the Hyundai piston defect.
The recall affects:
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