In a move to address fire risks, Hyundai Motor and Kia have issued a recall for more than 91,000 newer vehicles in the United States. Owners of the affected vehicles have been advised to park their cars outside and away from structures until the necessary repairs are completed. The recall encompasses various models, including Hyundai’s 2023-2024 Palisade, Tucson, Sonata, Elantra, and Kona vehicles, as well as Kia’s 2023-2024 Seltos and 2023 Soul and Sportage vehicles. Approximately 52,000 Hyundai vehicles and close to 40,000 Kia vehicles fall under this recall.
The fire risk is linked to the electronic controllers for the Idle Stop & Go oil pump assembly, where damaged electrical components may cause the pump to overheat. In response to this issue, both automakers will begin notifying owners in late September, and authorized dealers will conduct inspections and replace the electric oil pump controller as needed.
Though there have been no reported accidents or injuries so far, both Hyundai and Kia have received reports of thermal events associated with the suspect part. Both automakers have already informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the problematic component was eliminated from production in March, indicating a swift response to the discovery of the issue.
To address concerns surrounding the safety of the affected vehicles, Hyundai has issued instructions to dealers to offer rental vehicles to customers who do not feel comfortable operating their cars until the recall fix becomes available. Furthermore, owners who encounter a burning or melting odor are being advised to have their vehicle towed to the nearest Hyundai dealer rather than attempting to drive it.
Apart from the fire risk, there is also a possibility that heat damage could lead to a short circuit, potentially affecting other onboard vehicle controllers, as reported by Hyundai.
The investigation leading to the recall was triggered by a report received by Hyundai in December, concerning heat damage on the wire harness/connector of the electric oil pump in a 2023 Hyundai Palisade. Similarly, Kia received a report in June regarding melting in a 2023 Soul.
In light of the potential risks posed to vehicle owners, both automakers are taking prompt action to ensure the safety of their customers and to rectify any potential issues with the affected vehicles. The recall serves as a proactive measure to prevent any further incidents and maintain the trust of their customer base.