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Hyundai Recalls Tucsons And Sonata Hybrids Due to Fire Concerns

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Hyundai, because of potential catastrophic engine defects, they are recalling nearly 100,000 Sonata and Tucsons. In fact, this time, they are singling out the 2017 Sonata Hybrid and Tucson (non-hybrid) models for rod bearing failures. These have resulted in failed engines and unfortunately even more fires.

Carmakers are Dealing with Some Ongoing Issues Regarding Their Vehicles

Both Hyundai and its affiliated automaker Kia faced engine failure and fire problems that have plagued them literally for more than five years. It seems the owners affected with more than 8 million vehicles.

Hyundai – Latest Recall

A defective rod bearing design used in Hyundai’s 2.0-liter “Nu” engine is the latest recall. This includes 95,515 models that were, in fact, sold for the 2017 model year. However, this is, unrelated to past recalls for the 2016-2018, 2020, and 2021 Tucson. Those were related to faulty ABS systems that could, in fact, result in fires.

In 2019, the investigation did first began. This occurred after customer complaints that were regarding the powertrain in the 2011-2014 Sonata and 2011-2014 Santa Fe that began to mount. NHTSA was also asking the carmaker to investigate models that were equipping with its Theta II, Lambda II, and the Gamma engine families. In fact, the four- and six-cylinder engines do represent the wide majority of powertrain options in Hyundai’s portfolio. This was as NHTSA did increase pressure on the automaker to address the fire concerns, there were approximately 45 incidents blaming on this issue.

Investigations Leading to Recalls

Eventually leading to recalls were these investigations for the 2013-2016 Hyundai Veloster, 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2011-2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid with 2.0-liter engines.

Hyundai Owners: Notices for Inspections

In fact, the customers are going to receive notices from Hyundai to have their vehicles inspected by a dealer. Engines will be replacing free of charge if they have defective internal components.

Customers will receive notices from Hyundai to have their vehicles inspected by a dealer. In fact, there are those with defective internal components will have their engines replaced free of charge. 

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