Hyundai has now recalled 180,000 SUVs as a result of a faulty electrical systems that may cause fires resulting in injuries or death. If you suffered any injuries or losses as a result of an electrical fire or manufacturing defect in your Hyundai SUV, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
First Recall Notice – Faulty Braking System
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the Hyundai recall covers 150,000 Santa Fe Sport SUVs (2015-2017 models) because leaking brake fluid may negatively affect the antilock brake system. Additionally, Kia is also recalling more than 440,000 of their Optima vehicles (2013-2015 models) and the Sorento SUVs (2014-2015 models) due to a different issue regarding brake fluid leaking. Kia and Hyundai are actually different brands that exist under the same parent company and therefore have a similar design, manufacturing, parts, and engineering. Spokesmen for the company indicate that these two recalls are related.
Second Recall Notice – Electrical System Fires
For the second time in one month, Hyundai issued another recall indicating that any owner of a Hyundai Tucson SUV (2019-2021 models) should park their cars outside due to the significant risk of an electrical short causing a fire in the vehicle. This recall involves 180,000 Tucson SUVs and specifically relates to the corrosion that may occur causing a short-circuit in the faulty anti-lock brake system leading to fires, even if engines are turned off. To date, Hyundai has indicated that there are 12 instances of engine fires caused by this specific electrical issue. Additionally, Hyundai told consumers that if a warning light comes on in their SUV related to the anti-lock brake system, they should disconnect the positive cable on the battery and take it to a certified dealer. Again, Kia, the company affiliated with Hyundai also recalled approximately 9,000 Stinger vehicles for a similar issue.
Your Next Steps as a Hyundai SUV Owner
First, consider visiting with the manufacturer by contacting them directly: Hyundai 800-633-5151 or Kia at 800-333-4542. Next, you can visit the NHTSA’s website and enter in the campaign number for the recall. For Hyundai, the campaign number is 20V520.
For Kia, the campaign number is 20V519.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today
If you suffered any injuries or losses as a result of the faulty electrical system in your Hyundai or Kia vehicle, you have the legal right to pursue compensation directly from the manufacturer under a manufacturing defect claim. These types of legal claims can prove legally challenging and complex. Contact the experienced attorneys at Conn Law, P.C. at 412-417-2780 or online today for your free consultation and to ensure your legal rights are protected.