There are a disturbing number of fires starting in the antilock braking system (ABS) of Hyundai vehicles. The fires start from short-circuits within the ABS due to liquid contamination and corrosion. At first the problem was li…Continue reading article "ABS Fire"
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Hyundai is recalling 187,000 vehicles but says the "root cause" of five 2.0L Nu MPI engine fires is still undetermined.
Just a hunch, but it might have something to do with connecting rods blasting holes in the engine block allowing oil to leak out onto hot surfaces where it smolders into a flame.…keep reading article "Hyundai Recalls 187,000 Vehicles For Potential Engine Fires in the 2.0L Nu MPI Engine"
Looks like last year's recall to stop Santa Fe ABS fires didn't stop all the ABS fires.
A total of 18 SUVs have now caught on fire after internal brake fluid leaks shorted out the ABS module. Hyundai hopes swapping out internal valve seals and lowering the system's amperage can finally put an end to this issue.…keep reading article "Hyundai Recalls Over 200,000 Santa Fe Sports a Second Time for ABS Fires"
Hyundai thought it could manage EV battery fires with some software updates, but then one of the "repaired" vehicles caught on fire.
So now the company finds itself staring down the barrel of an all-out battery replacement program for 76,000 Kona EVs worldwide (that's a $900 million dollar barrel, FWIW).
Also included are some Ioniq EVs and Electric City buses that have also run the risk of being torched. The recall will begin in South Korea before expanding to other countries. There is no official word on a North American recall, but it's only a matter of time.…keep reading article "An EV Battery Replacement Program is Coming After Software Fixes Didn't Prevent Fires"
Owners of the 3rd generation Tucson (2016-2021) are being urged to keep their parked vehicles away from anything that can burn until they have a fuse in the antilock braking system (ABS) replaced.
If you're wondering if they really mean that, yes. Yes they do Multiple SUVs have caught on fire, both while parked and in motion, due to a short circuit in the ABS.
An investigation found that the fireskeep reading article "797,000 Tucson SUVs Recalled for ABS Fires"
may not occur if the operating current in the ABS module traveled through a lower amperage fuseso they want to swap the system's current 40-amp fuse for a 25-amp version. I'd personally like a little more certainty than "may not occur," but that's just me.…
Hyundai is recalling 11,000 Kona Electric SUVs and asking the owners to park outside after reports of 13 battery fires.
Hyundai believes an electrical short-circuit is being triggered in the lithium-ion batteries as they charge and approach 100%. Most of the fires happened while the SUVs were parked and charging. While the root cause is still under investigation, electrical deficiencies in the LG batteries or software issues in the battery management software are likely to blame.
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- In March, Hyundai issued a Kona Electric service campaign to upgrade the battery management system software to detect abnormalities in the battery while the vehicle is parked. But over the last 7 months an additional 7 fires were reported.
- Now an interim repair will limit the battery's maximum charging capacity to 90%, which removes the risk of fires but will limit the owner's range until a more permanent solution is available.
- Recall #196 expected to begin in Devember 2020. Because of the nature of the recall, Hyundai strongly emphasizes that owners need to park outside and away from any structures that could catch on fire.
More than 1,300 Hyundai vehicles have burst into flames, now the government wants to know why. It’s about time.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was petitioned to look into these non-collision fires last June. The fires are responsible for 26 injuries in Hyundai vehicles and over 100 if you include Kia. The investigation will focus on the Theta II engine, but the NHTSA plans on looking into tail lights and other potential combustion sources as well.keep reading article "Feds Open Investigation into Hyundai’s Non-Collision Fire Epidemic"
Knock, knock – there’s a major defect in the 2013 Velostar’s engine management software.
A defect that manages to find a way to prematurely ignite the air/fuel mixture in 1.6-liter turbo engines. This puts way too much pressure on the cylinders resulting in knocking noises, stalling incidents, and engine fires. The 16,500 recalled vehicles will get the same software update given to 2014 owners, which Hyundai says improved these conditions.keep reading article "2013 Veloster Recalled for Engine Management Defect That Can Cause Fires"
Multiple State Attorneys are looking to turn up the heat on Hyundai and Kia.
An increasing number of cars are going up in spontaneous flames and I’m glad to see somebody’s willing to step up and investigate. We’re still waiting on a decision from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The investigation will focus on the Theta II engine and the automaker’s handling of prior recalls.keep reading article "State Attorneys Open Investigation into Theta II Engine Fires"
Hyundai is recalling 120,000 Tucson SUVs because their oil pans can leak, damaging the engine or starting fires.
The automaker says there’s a problem with the sealant they used for the 2011-2013 model years. Common warning signs include oil pools on the ground, knocking engine noises, the smell of oil burning on hot engine parts, a smoldering wall of flames coming out of your engine. You know, subtle stuff like that.keep reading article "2nd Generation Tucson Recalled for Oil Leaks and Engine Fires"
Hyundai is recalling nearly 100,000 engines with fuel tubes that were misaligned, improperly tightened, or otherwise damaged during installation.
This lets gas can spray out onto hot surfaces and is the **perfect recipe for engine fires. It gets worse.
This was supposed to be Hyundai’s opportunity to right the wrongs of their gasoline direct injection engines with massive oil flow problems. Those engines were notorious for knocking, seizing, and were eventually recalled in multiple campaigns. These were the replacements and now because of an installation snafu they’re catching on fire.…keep reading article "Hyundai Can't Even Stop Their Replacement Engines From Catching on Fire"
What are the odds that your car will set itself on fire without ever being involved in a collision?
Much higher than you’d think, especially if you’re one of these 3 million Hyundai and Kia owners.
CAS says Kia and Hyundai have done nothing but provide empty statements about working directly with vehicle owners who report fires. In addition, both automakers seem to be waiting for NHTSA to conclude its investigation to determine if additional actions should be taken.…keep reading article "Are 3 Million Hyundai and Kia Cars Too Dangerous to Drive?"