Accent, Rio Recalled Due to Faulty Master Cylinder

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. / IRVINE, Calif. – Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America – both part of Hyundai Motor Group — have recalled certain model year 2020-2021 Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio models due to a potential fault within the brake master cylinder

The 76 Accent and 97 Rio models, built in the company’s Mexican plant between Sept. 2020 and July 2021, may have been produced with a master cylinder having been manufactured with internal sharp edges.

”As a result, an oil seal in the master cylinder can become damaged during vehicle operation. A damaged oil seal can impair the vehicle’s braking function, such that the driver may experience a spongy brake feel, longer brake pedal travel, and extended stopping distances, thereby increasing the risk of a crash,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-936.

There are no reported crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The remedy will be replacement of the master cylinder at Hyundai and Kia authorized dealers.

Kia Rio dealers are scheduled to begin receiving notification of the recall Jan. 6, 2022, and owners beginning Jan. 11. Hyundai Accent dealers and owners are scheduled to begin receiving notification Jan. 28, 2022.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.