Hyundai recalled nearly 100,000 Sonata and Tucson models to address issues leading to engine failure and, in some cases, engine fire. For the past five years, Hyundai has dealt with engine failures and fire problems. It has affected more than 8 million vehicles. In November 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a consent order with Hyundai Motor America, Inc., and Kia for penalties amounting to $210 million for untimely recalls of vehicles. In that lawsuit, a recall had been made to models equipped with Theta II, Lambda II, and Gamma engine families.
The current recall affects 2017 Sonata Hybrid and Tucson (non-hybrid) models equipped with Nu engines. The connecting rod bearings inside the car can become prematurely worn and cause damage. A majority of the reported incidents have been engine knocking noises. However, there have been reported instances of stalling. That means that the engine stops running while the car is in motion. There have also been situations involving engine fires.
The company stated that when an engine stops running, the driver should still be able to maintain control of the car, its brakes, and other safety devices. Also, the carmaker asserts that as the engine becomes inoperable, the vehicle will alert drivers through warning lights and sounds. Even if the engine hesitates, the company advises that drivers will have time to safely move the car off the road.
Customers will receive notice from Hyundai to have their cars inspected by a dealer. However, in conjunction with NHTSA, Hyundai warns its customers to listen for the following:
- Knocking noise that increases with engine rpm increase
- Reduced engine power or hesitation
- Illumination of the check engine light
- Warning light for engine oil pressure
Hyundai owners can visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number for more information on this recall. Hyundai also states that if a driver experiences any of the conditions outlined above, its customers can access help by logging onto https://owners.hyundaiusa.com/us/en/find-your-local-dealer.html. Customers can also call the Hyundai Customer Care Center at 855-671-3059.
The company states that those with defective internal components will have the engines replaced free of charge.
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