Genesis is recalling more than 95,000 G70 and G80 sedans to fix an ABS module that could short-circuit and cause a fire. According to Consumer Reports, the automaker warns owners to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures until repairs are done. G80 sedans from the 2015 through 2020 model years and G70 sedans from the 2019 through 2021 model years are included in two separate recalls. Genesis says it doesn’t yet know the reason the antilock brake system modules are experiencing short circuits, but the automaker says replacing a fuse within the part will prevent a fire.
Details of the Recall
Genesis said in documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that two G80s and three G70s have caught fire, but there have been no crashes or injuries related to this recall. If a fire is about to occur, vehicle owners may notice smoke, a burning or melting odor or an illuminated check-engine or battery light near the speedometer.
This is the first in a series of fire-related recalls involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles to include cars from the Genesis brand, an upscale car division of Hyundai. While Hyundai and Kia belong to the same parent company, they often share parts, design and engineering. Prior recalls for Hyundai and Kia vehicles involved other brake system short circuits, brake fluid leaks, faulty oil pans, oil leaks and defective oil pans.
NHTSA launched an investigation in 2019 after getting more than 3,000 reports of fires from the advocacy group, Center for Auto Safety. That investigation into several models of Hyundai and Kia, is still ongoing.
What to Do If Your Vehicle Catches Fire
There are a number of safety steps you can take if your vehicle catches fire while it is still in motion. First, pull over and shut off the engine, which ensures that fuel flow is stopped right away. Make sure you and your passengers exit the vehicle as soon as possible. Stay at least 100 to 150 feet away. Do not return to your vehicle to retrieve any property. Call emergency personnel. If you are parked by the side of the road, stay far behind the vehicle to avoid being hit if another car strikes your vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a safety defect, contact an experienced auto defect lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.