Hyundai extends fire risk recall to Tucson and Sonata Hybrid

Add the 2017 Hyundai Tucson crossover SUV and the 2017 Sonata hybrid sedan to the growing list of vehicles hit by Hyundai engine fires. More than 95,000 models are being recalled, the NHTSA announced on Monday, in addition to previous recalls due to an increased risk of engine fires.

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

Hyundai and its sister company Kia have investigated the problem that has caused 45 non-crash-related engine fires to date. In these cases, a manufacturing problem has caused the connecting rod bearings to wear out prematurely. Continued operation with the problem can cause the connecting rod bearing to seize, possibly causing the seized rod to pierce the engine block, leak oil and start a fire.

Owners of an affected vehicle may experience engine knocking, reduced or sluggish performance, and the smell of smoke or something burning, and the “Check Engine” or oil pressure lights may come on in the instrument cluster. The engine could stall even at motorway speeds, which increases the risk of fire.

Hyundai will examine the engine for bearing damage and replace the engine with a new one. The costly remedy also includes a software update to monitor unusual engine vibrations. There is no cost to the owners and Hyundai will reimburse owners who paid for work done to correct the problem. Owners can expect a notification of the recall on November 12, 2021.

To check the status of your vehicle, enter your VIN on Hyundai’s recall page or call Hyundai Customer Service at 1-855-371-9460.

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