Hyundai issues urgent recall over fears cars could catch fire

Hyundai Australia has issued an urgent recall for more than 93,000 vehicles over fears the engine compartment could erupt into flames, even when turned off.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued the recall on Thursday for the Hyundai Tucson, model years 2015 to 2021.

The affected vehicles were sold nationally from 1 November 2014 until 30 November 2020.


“Due to a manufacturing error, an electronic control circuit board in the Anti-Lock Braking System module will short circuit when the components are exposed to moisture,” the recall notice reads.

Hyundai says there is a risk of an engine compartment fire, even when the vehicle is turned off, as the circuit is constantly powered.

“This could increase the risk of an accident, serious injury or death to vehicle occupants, other road users and bystanders, and/or damage to property.”

“The short circuit does not affect the functioning of the brake system.”

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Hyundai and asked to contact an authorised dealership to have a relay kit installed on the circuit board free of charge.

“This prevents the power surge and eliminates the risk of fire,” Hyundai said.

However in the meantime, owners of affected vehicles are being told to park them in an open space and away from flammable materials and structures, i.e. not in a garage.

For further information, consumers can contact Hyundai’s Customer Care Centre on 1800 186 306.

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