You probably heard the news recently: another vehicle recall. This time, millions of cars and SUVs manufactured by Hyundai were recalled.
Why? The vehicles can spontaneously catch fire, which affects various Hyundai car and SUV models from 2010 to 2017. If you have one, park them well away from your home and other structures until your vehicle has been fixed.
What is the defect?
The defective vehicles have an anti-lock brake system module that could develop a leak, which causes the system to short circuit. This short circuit can cause the ABS module to overheat and cause the engine to catch fire.
Have there been injuries or deaths?
Hyundai claims there have been none. However, there have been fires, with customers who experienced damages, even if it is just the loss of their vehicles and the contents in them.
Which vehicles are recalled?
The affected Hyundai vehicles include the Accent (manufactured between 2012-2015), Azera (manufactured between 2012-2015), Elantra (manufactured between 2011-2015) and the Elantra Coupe (manufactured between 2013-2015). In addition, the recall includes the Equus (manufactured between 2014-2015), Genesis Coupe (manufactured between 2011-2015), Santa Fe (manufactured between 2013-2015), Santa Fe Sport (manufactured in 2013) and the Sonata HEV (manufactured between 2011-2015).
Finally, the recall also includes the Tucson (manufactured between 2010-2013), Tucson Fuel Cell (manufactured between 2015), Veloster (manufactured between 2012-2015) and the Veracruz (manufactured between 2010-2012). Though, this could be expanded. Check your VIN number on the NHTSA’s website to be sure.
If my car is included, what should I do?
You should receive notification by mail directly from Hyundai, if your vehicle is recalled. You take your car to the nearest Hyundai dealership, and they will replace the defective products for free. You can call Hyundai directly too at 1-800-633-5151. Though, in the interim, check your car for visible smoke, warning lights and any signs of heat or fire. And, make sure you do not park your vehicle in your garage or near anything else that your vehicle could catch fire, should it spontaneously combust.
However, if your vehicle has already combusted, you likely have a product liability claim. Though, you will need to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.