Faulty ABS Module Causes Repeat Santa Fe Recall

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Hyundai Motor America (HMA) is again recalling certain 2013-2015 Santa Fe sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to replace potentially faulty ABS modules which could lead to a vehicle fire. The latest recall coincides with the development of a suitable replacement ABS module.

The issue revolves around leaking piston seals within the ABS module which could allow fluid leakage resulting in a short circuit which could lead to engine-compartment fires.

These 151, 205 vehicles were originally recalled in 2020 for the same issue with replacement of the ABS module listed as the remedy. Availability of a better replacement module, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), led to the latest recall.

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The NHTSA report further explains the actions by HMA and its parent Hyundai Motor Company (HMC): “After considering various options, HMC developed a new ABS module multi-fuse with a lower amperage rating and conducted replication testing to confirm its effectiveness in safeguarding the module from issues stemming from overcurrent.

“HMC informed HMA’s NASO of its investigation findings. Based on this information, NASO convened its North American Safety Decision Authority on April 21, 2021 and decided to conduct a new safety recall of vehicles involved in safety recall 20V-520, including those that received the original remedy.”

The report also stated there have been 18 engine-compartment fires related to this defect.

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The new repair, according to NHTSA Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-303, “The internal valve seals of the remedy ABS module are improved and should prevent internal leaking of brake fluid to the ECU. The remedy ABS multi-fuse is rated at a lower amperage to effectively limit the operating current of the ABS module Owners are being informed they can drive these vehicles prior to having the ABS module replaced, but when parking them, they should be away from structures and not in a garage.”

Dealer and owner notification about the recall is scheduled to begin June 25th.

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.