If there’s one thing you don’t want to hear from federal regulators, it’s that you need to park your vehicle outside and away from buildings in case it catches fire. However, that’s the case for owners of Hyundai’s Santa Fe Sport SUVs with model years 2013 through 2015.
Over 200,000 of these vehicles are being recalled. At least 18 have caught fire. The problem is a brake fluid leak that can cause a short in the anti-lock brake computer. No injuries have been reported so far. Hyundai doesn’t expect to officially notify owners until next month.
According to the automaker, this recall, which involves a fix of replacing the fuse and possibly the computer, simply “enhances the remedy” involved in a recall over the same issue last September. In a statement, the company said, “Hyundai is conducting this new recall to ensure the safety of its customers.”
The second recall also involves possible fire danger
A second Hyundai recall involves its Elantras (model years 2019 and 2020) as well as its Velosters and Konas (2019 through 2021). The issue with those three vehicles is improperly treated piston rings that so far have caused five fires. The problem could also cause engine damage and oil leaks. There have been no injuries reported, but almost 187,000 vehicles are being recalled.
Unfortunately, people find out that there’s a recall on their vehicle through a variety of sources – and often not directly from the manufacturer. News reports, word-of-mouth and press releases from government regulatory agencies often precede any direct consumer notification. Often, automakers don’t find out there’s a potentially dangerous issue until someone has been injured or killed.
When you’ve been injured by a defective product
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective product, whether it’s a toy, a medical device or a car, it’s wise to find out what your options are for seeking justice and compensation. An experienced attorney can help.