Hyundai recall almost 100,000 models in fire risk as owners urged to park away from houses

Hyundai has now recalled close to 100,000 of their most popular vehicles over the past week due to safety concerns. The South Korean car manufacturer confirmed a total of 68,765 Hyundai i30 hatchback models sold between 2006 and 2011 had been affected. 


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These models could be at higher risk after two known fires were reported on i30 models in Australia. 

A total of 18,734 of their Elantra sedans sold between 2005 and 2011 have also been named as part of the recall. 

Last week, Hyundai also recalled a total of 9,393 Santa FE SUV models from 206 to 2009 with the same fire hazard risk. 

The issue stems from a faulty electronic circuit board in the anti-lock brake system which could short circuit when exposed to moisture. 

Hyundai says the fire could even begin when the engine is switched off because the ABS system receives power consistently. 

However, the firm has said braking functions of the Santa Fe SUVs should not be affected by the faulty circuit board. 

Owners of the affected models have been urged to park their vehicles in an open space to reduce the possible risk. 

This will prevent other structures from being affected if the vehicle catches fire.

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The recall has been issued to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and is only believed to affect models in the country at the moment. 

There is not believed to be a wider risk to UK models for the time being. 

Hyundai Australia sats affected owners will be shortly contacted about the issue and will be provided instructions on what to do next. 

An inspection will be carried out on all recalled vehicles with repairs installed to the defective parts. 


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Updates to the models will involve installing a new relay kit to the circuit board which should fix the problem. 

Hyundai believes replacement parts to fix the issues should be available at dealers from July 2020. 

Dealers will make the repairs free of charge for all affected Hyundai motorists. 

A similar issue has already affected US models this year with over 400,000 recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in February. 

Almost 430,000 cars were recalled for fears of an electrical short or engine fire as water fell into the antilock brake system. 

The Elantra was at the centre of the recall with models built between 2006 and 2011 affected by the glitch. 

Electrical and fire issues have plagued the company for several years with models from sister firm Kia also developing faults.

NHTSA documents reveal engine failure and fire issues on Hyundai and Kia models have affected more than six million cars since 2015. 

Last February, the Center for Auto Safety asked for action to hold the two companies responsible for failing to repair millions of fire risk vehicles. have contacted Hyundai for more information on the recall.

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