Hyundai recalls SUVs with faulty seatbelts


Fountain Valley, Calif. – June 5, 2017 – Hyundai Motor America has recalled more than 17,000 sport utility vehicles that could contain defective driver-side seatbelts. The campaign affects the 2017 Santa Fe Sport compact SUV, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The car maker is unsure what percentage of the vehicles named in the campaign contain the defect. The recall carries the NHTSA serial number 17V365000.

This is the second recall involving the Santa Fe this month, according to The Car Connection. Hyundai issued a voluntary safety recall for more than 437,000 2013-2017 models of the popular SUV, citing the presence of ineffective hood latches.

The Defect
The models involved in this recent campaign could feature driver-side seatbelt assemblies with loose anchor bolts. This possess an immediate risk to operators, as their restraints might give way in the event of the crash, causing them serious injury. However, Hyundai has yet to hear of any accidents or injuries connected to the defect.

Timeline of Events
The car manufacturer has traced this fault back to the factory, as it seems the seatbelt anchor bolts on these vehicles were not sufficiently tightened during assembly.

The Solution
Hyundai has requested dealers to tighten the loose bolts, free of charge, according to the company’s website. Owners are expected to receive notification June 30, 2017. Those in need of immediate assistance can contact Hyundai Customer Service at (855) 671-3059 of the NHTSA Safety Hotline at (800) 424-9153.

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South Korea orders major Hyundai, Kia recall after whistleblower report

Reuters – May 12, 2017

South Korea orders major Hyundai, Kia recall after whistleblower report

South Korea ordered Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) and affiliate Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS) to recall 240,000 vehicles over safety defects flagged by a whistleblower – a sharp slap on the wrist that will exacerbate reputational woes for the automakers.

The move marks the first compulsory recall ordered by the transport ministry for Hyundai and Kia, which had resisted an earlier request for a voluntary recall, and gives fresh credence to allegations made by Kim Gwang-ho, a Hyundai engineer with 26 years at the company.

The ministry has also asked prosecutors in Seoul to investigate whether the automakers allegedly covered up the five flaws, which affect 12 models, including the Elantra, Sonata, Santa Fe and Genesis…

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Hyundai recalls vehicles with defective power steering


Fountain Valley, Calif. – March 28, 2017 – Hyundai Motor America has recalled a number of vehicles equipped with defective power steering systems. The recall impacts Elantra sedans produced between Dec. 22 and Dec. 31, 2016, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The Defect

Affected vehicles include electronic power steering motors that fail to connect to the control unit. The steering assist feature is deactivated, producing an indicator on the instrument cluster. The loss of steering assist requires motorists to manually control the vehicle which can be difficult, especially at low speeds. This increases the likelihood of an accident. No accidents or injuries have been connected to this defect.

Timeline of Events

On March 6, 2017, representatives from Hyundai’s international headquarters contacted Hyundai Motor America and communicated a possible defect in EPS systems installed in recently produced Elantra sedans. Engineers at the car company’s HQ discovered that the power steering motors installed in these vehicles had been damaged during production, could not properly connect to EPS control units and might malfunction, leaving drivers without the steering assist feature. Hyundai Motor America reviewed the claim and the attached field data. No U.S. drivers had come forward with EPS-related problems. Even so, the stateside Hyundai division chose initiate a voluntary recall March 24. Dealers were notified March 31.

The Solution

Hyundai Motor America has ordered dealers to replace defective EPS motors in affected vehicles. This particular part falls under the original factory warranty, which covers the EPS system and other components for five years or 60,000 miles. Therefore, owners should not incur expenses when taking their vehicles in for service. The automaker intends to notify affected Elantra owners via first-class mail by April 28.

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Hyundai Recalls SUVs with Possibly Faulty Tire Pressure Sensors

Fountain Valley, Calif. — Apr. 10, 2017 — According to Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some vehicles may have ineffective tire pressure monitoring systems that don’t comply with federal standards.

In 190 2017 Santa Fe SUV’s, the tire pressure monitoring systems may fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. All of the potentially affected vehicles are estimated to have the defect, and were produced between Feb. 1 and Nov. 15 last year in Georgia, as the Part 573 Safety Recall report stated.

The Defect:

The problem comes from the mode the sensors were set to during manufacture. These models reportedly could fail to detect underinflated tires, leading to possible safety issues for occupants, as well as lack of compliance. No injuries have been traced to this recall as of yet. A warning light could turn on if the defect is present.

Timeline of Events:

  • Feb. 2, 2017: As the official chronology said, Kia Motor Manufacturing Georgia, where the vehicles were built, collaborated with Hyundai from Feb. 2 to Feb. 9, specifically looking at vehicles that may have been affected.
  • Feb. 28, 2017: Hyundai decided to conduct the recall.
  • March 6, 2017: This was both the official submission date for the Safety Recall Report and the listed Planned Dealer Notification Date.
  • March 31, 2017: The Planned Owner Notification date is set for this date, according to the report.

The Resolution:

Dealers may have to both inspect and replace the sensors to resolve the matter. The official Technical Service Bulletin on this procedure said the replacement will require just two parts: the new sensor and a wheel sensor nut.

The procedure should also confirm that the replacement sensor works and doesn’t cause any in-system warning lights after installation. The sensor should fall under vehicle warranty and therefore not cost the owner.

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Hyundai, Kia recall over 1M vehicles for engine gremlins

CNET Road Show – April 7, 2017

Hyundai, Kia recall over 1M vehicles for engine gremlins

Hyundai and Kia manufacture their own engines, and a recently discovered manufacturing error might send more than 1 million of those motors to an early grave.

Hyundai and Kia announced separate recalls for the same issue. Hyundai’s recall covers approximately 572,000 examples of the 2013-2014 Santa Fe and the 2013-2014 Sonata. Kia’s recall affects about 618,160 examples of the 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage…

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Extensive Hyundai Recalls Seek to Fix Seatbelt Connector Issues

Fountain Valley, Calif. — Apr. 06, 2017 — A five year span of Hyundai models could be at risk according to a new voluntary safety recall. Two specific vehicle types are involved: The 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata and the 2011 to 2015 Sonata Hybrid. As of March 7, the recall was number 17V152000 in the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database.

The Defect

The Part 573 Safety Recall Report with the NHTSA said that affected vehicles could contain seatbelts at risk of coming apart. This would be because of a linkage problem with the seatbelt connector preventing it from latching completely.

This would put the person in the vehicle at higher risk, and Hyundai said it has already detected a single minor injury attributed to this defect. The report also said that the recall potentially involves 977,778 Hyundai cars, approximately 1 percent of which are thought to have the defect. The component manufacturer was ZF-TRW, from Livonia, Michigan.

  • September- November, 2016: The official chronology document lodged with the NHTSA said that this period saw two different reports of incidents related to this case emerge.
  • December-February, 2016: During these months, Hyundai worked with the component supplier on the issue, sharing information before Hyundai agreed on the recall on Feb. 28..
  • March, 2017: After the recall report submission date of March 8, the dealer notification date is planned for March 31.
  • April-May, 2017: The owner notification actions are scheduled for these months, ranging specifically from April 7 to May 5.

The Resolution

Though the report did not list specifics for the remedy, it did state that dealers could inspect the vehicles and look for problems with the connectors. The auto manufacturer itself has also stopped producing this model, and there was no specific recall schedule given as of this time.

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Hyundai Has a Seat Belt Problem

Fortune – March 16, 2017

Hyundai Has a Seat Belt Problem

Hyundai is recalling 977,778 of its Sonata vehicles over problems with its seat belt assembly.
While the recall is hefty at nearly 1 million vehicles, the risk that these vehicles contain the defect is small. Hyundai estimates just 1{f5de24626889f8fd63ae4ae119fe212e1399aa68c186b2a67bb66faee986b129} of these vehicles actually have the defect.
The recall covers certain 2011-2014 Sonata and 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrid vehicles.
The automaker reported to U.S. safety regulators that in the affected vehicles, the seat belt linkages for both front seat belts may detach from the seat belt anchor pretensioners….

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