2020 Hyundai Kona

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Hyundai and Kia have been trading off big recalls in 2021, and it’s once again Hyundai’s turn. The South Korean automaker has issued two recalls, one for its Santa Fe Sport SUV and the other for its Elantra sedan, Kona SUV and Veloster hatchback. Both relate to a potential fire hazard.

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Approximately 151,200 model-year 2013-15 Santa Fe Sports are being recalled for their antilock brake system modules. Brake fluid may leak inside the module, possibly resulting in an electrical short that can increase the risk of an engine compartment fire while parked or driving.

As a fix, dealers will replace the ABS multi-fuse and inspect and replace the ABS module as needed. Until then, however, owners are advised to park outside and away from structures as a precaution until the recall repair is complete.

Separately, more than 125,800 model-year 2019-20 Elantras and model-year 2019-21 Konas and Velosters equipped with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines are being recalled for improperly heat-treated piston oil rings. Improperly heat-treated oil rings could result in engine damage that results in a stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, oil may leak onto hot exhaust components, increasing the risk of a fire.

To resolve this issue, Hyundai dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine. Additionally, the automaker will deploy piston ring noise sensing system software.

All repairs will be done for free, and Hyundai will begin notifying owners June 25. If you have further questions, you can call the automaker at 855-371-9460, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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