Pleasanton, CA – September 4, 2020 – Hyundai Motor Company (NASDAQ:HYMTF) has recalled 180,000 Hyundai Tucson SUVs that operate with an anti-lock brake system (ABS). A component within the brake system may corrode and cause an electrical short.
A short may cause an engine compartment fire, increasing the risk of a crash and injury. The recall includes:
- 2019-2021 Hyundai Tucson SUVs
The anti-lock brake system includes a hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU). A defective circuit board may corrode internally and cause an electrical short. This type of electrical issue may result in an engine compartment fire.
There are several situations that may indicate an engine compartment fire. If the driver sees smoke from the engine compartment, smells burning or melting, a fire may be taking place. If the vehicle’s malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) or ABS warning light is illuminating (or both lights are on), there is a risk of engine compartment fire.
An engine fire can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle which may result in an accident. Causing injuries to passengers, pedestrians, or to occupants in other vehicles.
If your vehicle has an engine compartment fire, the National Fire Association Council recommends that you do the following:
- Pull over as quickly as you can into a safe location, such as a rest stop or breakdown lane.
- Turn off the engine
- Make sure that all occupants get out of the vehicle
- Move everyone at least 100 feet away
- Call 9-1-1 and explain the situation
Hyundai will notify owners and replace the defective components. To eliminate the risk of an electrical short circuit, dealers will need to replace the anti-lock brake hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU). The recall is expected to begin October 30, and is free of charge.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Up to 180,000 vehicles are included in this Hyundai ABS recall. To see if your SUV is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle identification number look up tool.