Hyundai, Kia ABS Recall Grows by 3.3 Million

WASHINGTON – Hyundai Motor America and Kia America have expanded their recall of vehicles which could combust due to a defect in the anti-lock brake system (ABS) as well as issuing a “park outside” advisory. The latest recall notices cover a recall population of 3.3 million Hyundai, Genesis and Kia vehicles.

In a statement about the recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, owners of these vehicles are being told, “Until these recalled vehicles have been repaired, the manufacturers say the safest place to park them is outside and away from homes and other structures. Fires can occur whether the vehicle is parked and turned off or while driving.”

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The specific model year and models covered in this latest set of recalls are:

Hyundai’s safety recall (NHTSA Part 573 Safety Recall Report 23V-651000) applies to the following vehicles and model years: 2012-2015 Accent, 2012-2015 Azera, 2011-2015 Elantra, 2013-2015 Elantra Coupe, 2014-2015 Equus, 2011-2015 Genesis Coupe, 2013-2015 Santa Fe, 2013 Santa Fe Sport, 2011-2015 Sonata HEV, 2010-2013 Tucson, 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell, 2012-2015 Veloster and 2010-2012 Veracruz.

Owners of the approximately 1.73 million select Kia vehicles listed below should also park their vehicles outside and away from homes until their vehicles have been repaired.

Kia’s safety recall (NHTSA Part 573 Safety Recall Report 23V-652000) applies to the following vehicles and model years: 2014-2016 Cadenza, 2011-2013 Forte/Forte Koup, 2015-2017 K900, 2010-2015 Optima, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, 2011-2017 Rio, 2010 Rondo, 2011-2014 Sorento, 2011-2013 Soul and 2010-2013 Sportage.

The recalled vehicle’s ABS module could leak brake fluid internally and cause an electrical short. An electrical short could result in significant overcurrent in the ABS module, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire while driving or parked.

This is issue has plagued the company globally and resulted in at least four major recall incidents within the United States. The federal agency estimates the number of vehicles within the 3.3 million recalled with the defect at approximately 1%

To date, neither company does not know of any crashes, injuries or fatalities associated with this defect. There have been 25 related vehicle fires in the United States as well as 28 thermal incidents, including visible smoke, burning and melting.

Hyundai plans to notify owners to bring their vehicles to the nearest dealership to replace the ABS module fuse. Kia is still working on a remedy.

NHTSA has two means for owners to check on the recall status of their vehicles.

Vehicle owners can visit and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is under recall.

Owners can also download NHTSA’s new SaferCar app for Apple or Android. Enter the vehicle, tires, car seat, or other vehicle equipment, and the app will push a notification if a recall is issued.

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.