Hyundai recalls 44, 000 SUVs due to computer fire risk in United States

By Ayushi Garg  | Date: 2022-11-02

Hyundai recalls 44, 000 SUVs due to computer fire risk in United States

Hyundai Motor Company is reportedly urging owners of over 44,000 SUVs in the United States to park their vehicles outside as the fire can ignite even with the engines off. The recall, which was issued on Tuesday i.e., 1st November, is for the 2018 Santa Fe Sport model, which may have anti-lock brake computers in the SUVs that can fail and cause an electrical short resulting in an excess of power in the computer, raising the risk of a fire.

 Hyundai advised owners of the said model to keep their SUVs away from other cars and buildings while they are being fixed. Notably, the company will install a replacement fuse at no cost to reduce the risk of fire as well as provide payment for out-of-pocket costs incurred to arrange for repairs.

A fuse that restricts the current flowing to the anti-lock braking module will be installed in its place by the dealers. Owners of the vehicle will receive intimation via e-mail from 26th December.

In records published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday i.e., 1st November, Hyundai claims to have received four reports of engine compartment fires from cars covered by both recalls but no injuries were reported.

On October 19th, the automotive giant notified the regulators that the 2018 Santa Fe Sport had been inadvertently excluded from the previous recalls. Furthermore, owners of vehicles should be on the lookout for smoke emerging from the engine compartment, the dashboard malfunction indicator light, burning or melting odor, or the anti-lock brake system light turning on.

It is worth mentioning that in February, more than 350,000 vehicles were recalled by Hyundai due to the same issue, but not the Santa Fe Sport Model. Moreover, Hyundais Kia brand recalled 71,000 SUVs last week due to engine fire concerns associated with a different component of the anti-lock braking system.

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Currently working as an associate content writer, Ayushi pens down insightful articles for several websites. She began her profession by taking classes in digital marketing to broaden her skills. Given her passion for writing, she took up several freelancing projects ...

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