In mid-July 2020, Hyundai announced that it was issuing a recall that affects over 270,000 cars because of potential fire risk from a defective accessory power outlet. Although the manufacturer stated that it was not yet aware of any fatalities or injuries associated with this issue, the recall is intended to replace these faulty accessory power ports to minimize the potential risk of fire in the future. Here’s what you need to know about this new recall.
Understanding the Issue at Hand
According to Hyundai, many of their models from 2011 to 2012 are sold or leased with a tire mobility kit. These kits are designed to address straightforward tire tread punctures, but are not recommended for repairing larger holes. Each kit contains a tire sealant and a portable air compressor to seal the hole once a small tire puncture has occurred. However, when the air compressor plugs into the 12-volt power outlet, some of these outlets are defective in that they fail to prevent themselves from overheating, thus increasing the risk of fire. Although the issue appears to only occur after prolonged use of the air compressor, it still poses a hazard to consumers.
Affected Hyundai Models
This current recall affects a number of Hyundai models, including the following: 2012 Hyundai Accent, 2011-2012 Hyundai Elantra, 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the 2012 Hyundai Veloster. While those who own or lease one of these affected models await a clear solution to this problem, the manufacturer urges consumers to avoid using the tire mobility kit until they receive the necessary replacement part.
Hyundai stated that it intends to arrive at a repair solution by August 28, 2020. Once it is ready, affected consumers will be notified and encouraged to come into their nearest dealership to receive the repairs at no charge. If you have questions or want to know more about this recall, you can contact Hyundai customer service or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
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