Thousands of Hyundais recalled due to fire risk

Hyundai is recalling almost 90,000 cars across Australia because of a risk they could catch fire, even with the engine off.

Owners are even being warned not to park the affected vehicles in their garage in case it bursts into flames.

The recall affects Hyundai i3o models manufactured between 2007 and 2011, and Elantra models manufactured between August 2004 and May 2011.


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The consumer watchdog has warned that due to a manufacturing error, an electronic circuit board in the ABS could should circuit and start a fire.

“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 to vehicle occupants, other road users and bystanders, and damage to property,” The ACCC said in a statement.

It says the error does not effect the function of the brakes.

Owners are being urged to park their vehicles in an open space until the issue is fixed.

Hyundai will contact affected owners to have  a relay kit installed on the ABS circuit board.

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