Hyundai is recalling about 207,000 Sonata sedans from the 2013-2014 model years over concerns of a potential fuel leak and fire risk. According to Consumer Reports, a fuel line may develop a small crack over time because of heat in the engine compartment. Documents filed by the automaker with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that if the line leaks gasoline, there is a risk of fire. Hyundai says drivers may be able to smell fuel if there is a leak.
Details of the Recall
The documents specifically state that the hose in these vehicles that connects the low-pressure fuel pump to the direct-injection fuel pump may crack over time due to heat generated within the engine compartment. A damaged fuel line could allow gasoline to leak and thereby cause an engine compartment fire.
The Kia Optima was recalled last month for a similar defect prompting Hyundai to take action as well. The automaker says it has not received reports of smoking, melting or fires relating to this auto defect. Hyundai is still investigating the causes and evaluating a fix. Dealerships and owners will be notified of this recall in April and the fix, when it becomes available will be done at no charge to consumers.
Signs of a Fuel Leak
A fuel leak can be extremely dangerous because of the potential for fires. When your vehicle has a fuel leak, you will see signs. The presence of a gasoline puddle under your car is one of the surest signs of a fuel leak. However, there are other signs as well. If you smell a strong scent of gasoline while driving, that could be a sign that you have a fuel leak. Another classic sign of a fuel leak is poor fuel economy. If you see that your vehicle is running out of gas more frequently than usual, that should raise a red flag. Rough idling or having difficulties starting your engine could also occur when you’re having a fuel leak.
Fuel leaks could result in fires that could cause not just property damage but also serious or even catastrophic injuries. 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.