More than 95,000 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedans and Tucson SUVs are being recalled because their engines might stall or suddenly catch fire.
According to Consumer Reports, both Hyundai and its sister company, Kia, have had issues with engine fires caused by a vehicle defect. The latest move is part of an ongoing series of recalls by the automaker for similar problems.
Hyundai has said that the connecting rod bearings in these vehicles, which allow rotation for the piston to move in and out of the cylinder, could prematurely wear out in these vehicles’ engines, creating a potentially deadly risk. This could result in a knocking sound from the engine, along with the illumination of an oil pressure warning light.
Details of the Recall
If the issue is unaddressed, the engine could become damaged to the point where it could stall during operation, increasing the risk of a crash. In some cases, the engine block could cause an oil leak onto hot engine surfaces, creating the risk of a fire. Drivers whose vehicles suffer from this condition may notice several warning signs including abnormal noises from the engine, reduced engine power, illumination of the “check engine” light and/or the engine oil pressure warning light, and a burning smell, oil leak, or smoke.
Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that Hyundai is aware of 45 fires relating to this problem. There have been no reports of crashes or injuries relating to this recall, which includes 13,247 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids and 82,268 Hyundai Tucson vehicles from the 2017 model. When the recall begins in November, Hyundai dealers will inspect the engine and if the bearing is damaged, they will replace the engine. In addition, dealers will install a software update – all free of charge.
The Danger of Fuel Leaks
Fuel leaks could result in fires that could cause not just property damage but also serious or even catastrophic injuries including burns and smoke inhalation. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a vehicle fire, you may be able to receive compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, property damage, and pain and suffering.
An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.