FOUNTAIN VALLEY – Hyundai has issued a recall for certain model-year 2018 Santa Fe sport utility vehicles as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues a consumer alert – park these vehicles outside – due to the potential for under-hood, ABS-based vehicle fires.
This recall is in addition to another one issued in February 2022 for certain 2016-2018 Santa Fe models for the same issue.
This recall adds 44,396 additional Hyundai and Kia vehicles to the list of those recalled (which includes hundreds of thousand vehicles) in the U.S. and other markets to deal with this issue.
According to the NHTSA announcement, “To date, there have been four fires in the United States associated with this defect, but no injuries.”
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According to the latest recall, corrosion within the anti-lock-brake module could lead to an electrical short which “could result in significant overcurrent in the ABS module increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire while parked or driving.”
NHTSA does say owners can continue to drive these vehicles, “however, Hyundai recommends parking their vehicles outside and away from structures until the recall remedy is completed. All owners of the subject vehicles will be notified by first class mail with instructions to bring their vehicles to a Hyundai dealer for repair. The ABS multi-fuse will be replaced with a revised one to mitigate the risk of a fire caused by an internal electrical short.”
Dealers and owners are scheduled to be notified about the latest recall by Dec. 26th.