2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Recall Alert

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Recall Alert

Sean Reyes2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Recall Alert

Hyundai Recalls More Than 8,000 Santa Fe Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

 

Lilburn, Georgia – October 29, 2018 – Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles. The Side Curtain Air Bag (SCAB) mounting bolts may interfere with and damage the air bags during deployment. The number of units affected by this recall is 8,204, with a 100% estimated affected rate.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, this safety recall involves subject vehicles which are equipped with Side Curtain Airbags (“SCAB”) that were installed using bolts that could interfere with and damage the airbags during deployment. The bolts were produced with sharp corners on the hexagonal bolt head, increasing the risk of interference with the SCAB during installation. If the SCAB becomes damaged during deployment, the air bag may not inflate properly during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Timeline of Events

On August 8, 2018, Hyundai Motor Company (“HMC”) discovered a torn Side Curtain Airbag (“SCAB”) during an NCAP crash test conducted in Europe. The initial investigation revealed the SCAB could have become damaged due to interference with the bolts which were used to install the airbag and connect them to the body of the vehicle. HMC searched through past crash test records and did not find any previous instances of a deployed, torn SCAB.

On September 3, 2018, HMC conducted internal crash testing. This test successfully replicated the damage to the SCAB and confirmed that it was caused by interference from the mounting bolts. HMC immediately notified all regional distributors of vehicles using these specific bolts, and subsequently convened its Technical Committee on October 2, 2018 and began voluntary safety recall to address the condition in the subject vehicles. Hyundai has not, to date, been made aware of any incidents, crashes, or injuries related to this defect.

The Solution

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover over the SCAB installation bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 177.

Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-715.

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Hyundai Recalls Over 10,000 Hybrid Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

 

Lilburn, Georgia – October 17, 2018 – Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and 2018 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vehicles due to an electric defect that causes a fire hazard. The potential number of units affected by this recall is 10,575.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, the subject vehicles contain a Power Relay Assembly (“PRA”) which is located underneath the rear seat. The PRA is equipped with a main relay, which may have been installed too loosely during assembly.

If the PRA operates in this condition, a loose connection between the main power relay contacts could increase electrical resistance. This electrical resistance can generate excessive heat and increase the risk of a fire. Drivers may see illumination of the HEV warning light while driving and/or experience an inability to start their vehicle, which is an indicator of this problem in affected vehicles.

Timeline of Events

On March 7, 2018, HMC received a report indicating that heat damage had occurred on the rear seat of model year 2017 Kia Niro sold in the Korean market. HMC immediately began testing under various driving conditions and maneuvers to determine the cause of the damage, but as of June 2018, was unable to replicate the damage and thus began to focus its investigation on component testing with the supplier.

This testing concluded in August 2018 and again the damage could not be replicated by component bench testing alone. However, HMC conducted additional testing independently, and did manage to replicate the damage on September 18, 2018. Upon inspection of the test vehicle’s damaged rear seat, it was discovered that the damage was caused by increased heat generated by the PRA. The PRA was subsequently examined, and it was discovered that the main relay was loosely connected. This indicated that the heat was the result of increased electrical resistance caused by a loose contact between the main relay terminals.

HMC also noted that the main relay had lower manufacturing specifications for terminal tightening torque and contact pressure, due to being coerced from a former supplier, and that the current supplier was providing main relays which had been produced with higher specifications for terminal tightening torque and contact pressure. The vehicles potentially affected by the former batch of relays was identified via production and supplier delivery records.

All regional distributors of the affected vehicles have informed of these findings, and October 2, 2018, HMC decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall to address the condition in the subject vehicles. Hyundai is unaware of any incidents, crashes, or injuries related to the faulty relays.

The Solution

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the Power Relay Assembly (PRA) for damage. If no damage is found, the main relay will be replaced. If damage is found, the PRA will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 178.

Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-704.

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2018 Genesis G80: Recall Alert

2018 Genesis G80: Recall Alert

Sean Reyes2018 Genesis G80: Recall Alert

Hyundai Recalls 580k Sonatas Because Seatbelts & Airbags May Fail In A Crash

Hyundai has recalled an additional 425,305 vehicles that have been connected to at least two deaths and four injuries. The recall comes after 154,753 similar Hyundai Sonatas were recalled in February for the same electrical issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found out that during a crash the electrical malfunction can cause the airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners to become deactivated in 580,058 Sonatas…Read more at newsomelaw.com

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2018 Genesis G80, G90: Recall Alert

2018 Genesis G80, G90: Recall Alert

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Hyundai recalls vehicles with defective clutch components

Fountain Valley, Calif. – May 10, 2018 – Hyundai Motor America has recalled more than 10,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective hydraulic clutch actuator assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2017 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid sport utility vehicles produced between Nov. 16, 2016, and Sept. 20, 2017. The South Korean automaker suspects 1 percent of the models involved in the recall contain the defective parts.
The Defect
Affected vehicles have hydraulic clutch actuator housings with abnormally rough edges. These defective features can damage the nearby oil seals, causing oil to leak and pool around the phase cap. This issue can cause electrical shorting and, in instances in which major thermal damage occurs, engine fire. As a result, the defect poses a serious risk to occupants. That said, Hyundai has yet to receive field reports linking the problematic hydraulic clutch actuator assemblies to any accidents or injuries.
Timeline of Events
A Hyundai parts provider LuK reached out to the car manufacturer in March 2017 to report that it had received hydraulic clutch actuator assemblies involved in warranty claims that seemed to exhibit signs of thermal damage near their phase caps, according to an internal chronology report given to the NHTSA. Hyundai reviewed warranty claims filed in the Korean market in response and found no reports of engine fire or thermal events of any kind. The automaker then began shipping parts from applicable warranty claims to LuK for further analysis. Within three months, the parts vendor had collected a large number of hydraulic clutch actuator assemblies whose housings featured jagged metal edges. LuK determined that these features could damage adjacent oil seals and cause leakage. Consequently, the firm implemented new production processes to eliminate the creation of jagged housing edges and installed reinforced oil seals to prevent leakage.
A Hyundai affiliate submitted a quality information report associated with the defect in December 2017. This action prompted the automaker to accelerate and expand its analysis efforts. Between January 2018 and April 2018, Hyundai combed through a significant number of hydraulic clutch actuator assemblies to gain more information on the variables contributing to failure. The car manufacturer was able to replicate an electrochemical reaction caused by oil pooling around the phase cap. It was also able to create a galvanic event that produced sparks and could cause an engine fire.
On April 16, 2018, Hyundai shared its findings with all vendors and affiliates in all markets. Then, on April 20, 2018, the automaker convened its Technical Committee, which called for a voluntary safety recall. Dealers received notification of the campaign May 4, 2018.
The Solution
Hyundai has directed dealers to inspect hydraulic clutch actuators installed in affected vehicles and, if necessary, replace these parts free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. The car manufacturer intends to reach out to owners through first-class mail June 20, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the beginning of the campaign can contact Hyundai customer service personnel at (855) 371-9460. Callers should use the internal recall reference number 176. Owners can, of course, connect with the NHTSA directly via its toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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Hyundai recalls vehicles with defective safety features

Fountain Valley, Calif. – May 1, 2018 – Hyundai Motor America has recalled more than 580,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective air bag and seat belt assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2011-2013 Hyundai Sonata sedans produced between Dec. 11, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2012, along with 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedans produced between Dec. 2, 2010, and Aug. 23, 2012. The South Korean automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective parts.
The Defect
Affected models contain air bag control units powered by application-specific integrated circuits. These components are designed to trigger advanced air bag systems and seatbelt pretensioners in the event of an accident. However, the ACUs installed in the recalled vehicles feature ASICs that lack circuit-protecting diodes. Without these electrical parts, the ASICs may experience overstress and eventually fail, inhibiting ACU functionality and leaving occupants without crash protection. Consequently, this defect poses a serious hazard to owners. Hyundai has received at least five reports linking the defective part to accidents and injuries.
Timeline of Events
The automaker in February 2012 received a report outlining an instance in which the AAS in a 2011 Hyundai Sonata seemed to fail during an accident, according to an internal chronology document submitted to the NHTSA. Hyundai engineers inspected the vehicle referenced in the report in June 2012 and found that the vehicle had not recorded a crash event. The car company then reached out to the Michigan-based supplier ZF TRW, which had provided the ACU components installed in the vehicle. The vendor discovered signs of electrical overstress within the ACU’s ASIC assembly, a condition it linked to a number of aftermarket accessories that were installed on the model referenced in the report.
Hyundai in May 2015 received a report detailing another instance of AAS non-deployment. In October 2015, engineering teams inspected the vehicle, a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, and determined that the ACU was not functioning. ZF TRW reviewed the component and again found signs of electrical overstress. The vehicle did not contain aftermarket parts, indicating that the condition may not be linked to the installation of such non-standard components. As a result, Hyundai initiated a field review.
The automaker received two additional reports centered on AAS non-deployment between July and November 2016. While one was invalidated by investigators, the second involved a 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedan with potential ASIC damage linked to overstress. Hyundai launched an official investigation in response. Then, in November 2017, OSHA’s Office of Defects Investigation contacted the car company to check on the status of the inquiry. Hyundai submitted data related to the investigation and established a communication channel for updates. One month later, the automaker hired an external engineering firm to look into the ACU issue.
On February 21, 2018, Hyundai and ZF TRW met to discuss the state of the ongoing investigation, with the latter coming to the conclusion that transient charges, originating from adjacent vehicle parts, were causing electrical overstress in the ASIC assemblies and therefore affecting ACU performance. One day later, members of Hyundai’s Technical Committee convened and determined that a voluntary recall involving affected 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedans was necessary. Following this action, the automaker continued its investigation into the problematic ACU components.
ODI officials and Hyundai met in Washington D.C. March 9, 2018, to discuss the inquiry and the initial findings from the third-party engineering firm. It was during this meeting that Hyundai revealed that its external collaborator had determined that the ACU failure was the result of equipment failure – specifically a lack of circuit-protecting diodes. The automaker attested to replicating the equipment-related damage in a series of crash tests. This discovery expanded the pool of potentially affected models to include Hyundai Sonata and Sonata Hybrid sedans produced in 2012 and 2013. On April 3, 2018, the two parties met once more to review the ongoing investigation.
Between April 11, 2018, and April 12, 2018, Hyundai collaborated with ZF TRW to review the ACU damage sustained in the previously conducted crash tests. Both automaker and vendor agreed hat the ASIC assemblies in these components shorted due to lack of diodes. On April 18, 2018, the Hyundai TC decided to expand the existing recall, an action the group communicated to both dealers and owners April 20, 2018.
The Solution
Hyundai has not yet developed a viable remedy, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. Owners in need of assistance can contact Hyundai customer service personnel by calling (855) -371-9460. Callers should use the internal recall identification number 174. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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Hyundai recalls Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids: The airbag control units may short circuit in a crash

Consumer Affairs – April 24, 2018

Hyundai recalls Sonatas and Sonata Hybrids:
The airbag control units may short circuit in a crash

Hyundai Motor America is recalling 580,058 model year 2011-2013 Sonatas and model year 2011-2012 Sonata Hybrids.

In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the front airbags, seat belt pretensioners, and side airbags from deploying…

Read the entire article on the Consumer Affairs website

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HYUNDAI RECALLS SONATA PLUG-IN HYBRIDS FOR POWER LOSS

Carcomplaints.com – March 24, 2018

HYUNDAI RECALLS SONATA PLUG-IN HYBRIDS FOR POWER LOSS

Hyundai is recalling 2,800 model year 2016-2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid cars that can lose power while in electric vehicle (EV) mode.

These cars are equipped with voltage protection devices (VPDs) used to protect the high-voltage battery modules that may activate inadvertently…

Read the entire article on the Carcomplaints.com website

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