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HYUNDAI RECALLS 180,000 TUCSONS OVER FIRE RISKS

For the second time this month, Hyundai is telling some SUV owners to park outdoors because an electrical short in a computer could cause vehicles to catch fire, Tom Krisher reported for Associated Press (AP) on September 13, 2020. 

The Korean automaker is recalling about 180,000 Tucson SUVs in the US from 2019 through 2021 to fix the problem. The company says corrosion can cause a short circuit in defective anti-lock brake circuit boards that can cause a fire even if engines are off. Hyundai says on Friday that it knows of a dozen engine fires caused by the problem but no injuries. In addition, Hyundai says if the anti-lock brake warning light comes on, the SUVs should not be driven and owners should disconnect the positive cable on the battery. They should contact a dealer who will provide a loaner vehicle if needed. 


On Sept. 3, US safety regulators announced that Hyundai and Kia would recall over 600,000 vehicles in the US and Canada to fix a brake fluid leak that could cause engine fires. Those recalls are not related to the Tuscon recall. They cover more than 440,000 Kia Optima midsize sedans from 2013 through 2015 and Kia Sorento SUVs from 2014 and 2015. Also covered are 203,000 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs from 2013 to 2015. 


In February, Hyundai recalled nearly 430,000 small cars for a similar problem. The company said water can get into the antilock brake computer, cause an electrical short and possibly an engine fire. That recall covered certain 2006 through 2011 Elantra and 2007 through 2011 Elantra Touring vehicles.



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