Hyundai Recall Due to Possible Fire Caused by Faulty ABS Module

WASHINGTON, DC – Hyundai is recalling approximately 430,000 Elantra and Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured between  2005 and 2010 (model year 2006 through 2011) because a possible electrical short in the anti-lock brake (ABS) module may cause an engine-compartment fire when the car’s ignition is turned off.

Dealers and owners will be be notified beginning in April. The remedy is installation of a relay in the vehicle’s main junction box to prevent the risk of an ABS short circuit while the car is turned off. The repair will be free.

Hyundai Motor America began receiving complaints in October 2017. The Korean manufacturer reported three fires, but no injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). The agency’s campaign number is 20V061000.

If a short circuit occurs inside the ABS module, there could be an increased risk of a “key-off” engine compartment fire. The short circuit does not affect the foundation brake system.

Description of the Cause : A specific causality allowing moisture to enter the ABS module electrical circuit has not yet been identified; however, because the ABS module is continually powered, an electrical short could develop even while the vehicle is turned off.

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.