Hyundai recalls thousands of SUVs for potential fire risk

Hyundai has issued a recall for thousands of SUVs over a potential fire risk.

A total of 8779 Santa Fe models built between 2015 and 2017 are caught up in the safety recall.

The issue stems from a manufacturing defect where the circuit board in the anti-lock braking system (ABS) module may short circuit when exposed to moisture.

Worryingly, this could start a fire even when the vehicle is turned off.

Hyundai has recommended affected owners park their vehicles in an open space away from flammable structures and materials such as houses or garages.

The recall notice also says the issue could pose a risk of serious injury or death to other road users and bystanders.

Owners should stop driving their vehicle immediately if an engine warning light comes on according to Hyundai.

The brand will contact affected owners in writing and request they make an appointment with their local Hyundai dealership to have the issue repaired for free.

Hyundai has issued several recalls over the past few years for potential fire risks.

The brand was forced to recall more than 93,000 Tucson SUVs in 2021 for a potentially dodgy circuit board in the ABS module, which is the same issue afflicting the recently recalled Santa Fe SUVs.

Similarly in 2020 the brand recalled more than 87,000 i30 and Elantra small cars for the same issue.

The Hyundai Kona electric SUV was recalled for a fire risk in 2020.

This time the battery management system control software could cause an electrical short circuit after charging.

Again Hyundai warned owners not to park their cars near structures.

Kia, which is part of the giant Hyundai Motor Group, has also had several fire related recalls.

Earlier this year it recalled more than 31,000 Sportage and Sorento SUVs.

In both vehicles a software issue could cause the Heater Core Element to operate at a higher temperature than normal, which could cause damage to the connector, resulting in a vehicle fire.

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