- Hyundai has issued a recall for 94,646 of its sedans, including the 2015–2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan and the 2017–2020 Genesis G80.
- The sedans have been recalled due to the risk of a short circuit in the ABS module leading to a fire. Hyundai said in its filing with NHTSA that no resulting crashes or injuries have been reported. To date there have been two related vehicle fires in the U.S. and none in other countries.
- Hyundai will begin notifying owners of the recall in early May. Until then, the automaker recommends the cars be parked outside and away from buildings.
Hyundai has issued a recall for 94,646 of its sedans due to the risk of a fire starting from the anti-lock-brake (ABS) system module. The recall includes the 2015–2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan as well as the 2017–2020 Genesis G80.
According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the fire can start as a result of an electrical short in ABS module; the fire can start both while the sedans are parked or being driven. Currently, Hyundai is investigating the cause of the short circuit in the ABS module. Hyundai told NHTSA that no resulting crashes or injuries have been reported and that, as of March 10, there have been two related vehicle fires in the U.S. confirmed and none in other countries.
Hyundai said that owners should park their sedans away from structures in case a fire starts while the vehicles are not in use. Owners may see or smell smoke or may see the check-engine light or battery light illuminate before a fire starts, according to the NHTSA documents. Owners will be contacted to have the ABS module fuse replaced beginning in early May, and until then, can check the NHTSA recalls website to find out if their vehicle is affected.
Hyundai and its corporate sibling, Kia have recalled a number of vehicles for fire risk in the past few years. The AP estimated in a story dated March 9 that since 2015, Kia and Hyundai have recalled six million vehicles for fire risk or engine failure. Back in 2019, NHTSA launched an investigation into Hyundai/Kia and three million of their vehicles for their risk to catch fire. The agency concluded that Hyundai/Kia acted too slowly to recall vehicles, fining them $210 million in addition to forcing recalls of the affected vehicles.
Kia denied that NHTSA’s conclusion was true, but paid the fine to avoid a legal fight, according to the AP report.
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