Almost 190,000 Hyundai And Kia Models Recalled Due To ABS Issue

Hyundai and Kia are recalling approximately 190,000 Tucson and Stinger models due to a fire risk related to the ABS.

Hyundai is aware of 12 engine compartment fires, one crash, and no injuries related to the recall, while Kia is investigating the cause of six fires it has identified in 2019 Stinger models. The automakers believe the issue is due to a fault in the hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) of the braking system.

Approximately 180,000 Hyundai Tucson models from the 2019-2021 model years are involved in the recall, as are roughly 9,000 Kia Stingers from the 2019 model year. Hyundai says there is a risk of fire both when the car is running and when the ignition is off. Owners are being recommended to store their vehicles outside until they can be repaired.

Auto News reports the issue relates to a potentially defective circuit board in the HECU that can result in internal corrosion and cause an electrical short over time.

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Hyundai spokesman Michael Stewart has told Consumer Reports that if consumers notice the ABS warning light on the dashboard, they should immediately contact a local Hyundai dealer and disconnect the 12-volt battery while waiting for it to be serviced and repaired.

Stewart added that this recall is unrelated to another ABS-related recall announced for 600,000 Hyundai and Kia models last week. That recall also relates to the HECU with investigations revealing that brake fluid could leak inside the HECU, potentially triggering an electrical short and increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire while driving or stationary.

Hyundai Tucson models impacted were manufactured from September 1, 2018 through to July 31, 2019 and from December 1, 2019 through to March 31, 2020 and on June 23, 2020. Kia Stinger models were built from June 21, 2018 through July 9, 2019.

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