Older Hyundai Elantras recalled over engine fire risk posed by short circuit
|driving.ca 14 Feb 2020 at 07:24|
Hyundai is recalling almost 430,000 older Elantra sedans and wagons in the U.S. over concerns a short-circuit could lead to an engine fire risk, the automaker said mid-February.
Specifically, Hyundai Elantra cars from model years 2006 through 2011; and Elantra Touring wagons from model years 2007 through 2011 are affected.
While the recall covers 429,686 vehicles in the U.S., the number of affected vehicles in Canada had not yet been made public.
In affected vehicles, moisture can enter the anti-lock braking (ABS) module and cause an electrical short, which could in turn lead to an engine fire.
While the module can short-circuit whether the engine is on or off, the small number of fires so far means Hyundai is not recommending owners store their vehicles outside.
The only fix the recall will make is the addition of a relay that will turn the ABS module off when the car is off. This means the vehicle will still be at risk of a short-circuit and fire while the car is on, though drivers will be made aware of it by ABS warning lights and noises ahead of the short.
This recall is separate from an NHTSA investigation launched April 2019 into whether some Hyundai and Kia vehicles’ engines are prone to unprompted fires.