Engine damage could be caused by premature wear of an internal component.
Hyundai issued yet another recall this week for a few of its vehicles due to a fire hazard and the possibility of the engine stalling without warning. The 2.0-liter inline-four engines in the 2017 Tucson and Sonata Hybrid may experience premature rod bearing wear, which can cause engine damage. If there is damage, the likelihood of a fire or stall increases.
In paperwork filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the business stated that this recall affects 95,515 vehicles.
If a technician finds damage to the rod bearing, the engine will need to be replaced completely. There’s no fast remedy here. Tucson SUVs account for the majority of the recalled vehicles (about 82,000). The remaining 13,000 or so sedans are Sonata Hybrids.
Check for engine banging, a check engine light, and an oil pressure warning light if you own one of the affected vehicles. In the worst-case situation, the engine is damaged to the point where it stalls out abruptly.
Another possibility is that a rod punctures the engine block, causing an oil spill near a hot surface and an ignition source.
On Nov. 12, owners will begin getting letters informing them of the recall. If a new engine is required, they will not pay for any repairs. A new knock detection sensor system will also be installed in the new engines.
Those with more inquiries can contact the automaker at 855-371-9460, or go to the NHTSA’s website to check their VIN or vehicle identification number and learn more.
If you enter your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into the NHTSA website and no recalls display, your vehicle is not currently subject to any recalls. We recommend checking back frequently to see if your car has been recalled because automakers conduct recalls frequently and for many older vehicles.
Hyundai is aware of 45 fires due to this condition, according to NHTSA data. There have been no complaints of accidents or injuries as a result of this recall.
Vehicles recalled: 13,247 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids and 82,268 Hyundai Tucsons from the 2017 model year.
The issue: An internal engine part may wear out prematurely, causing the vehicle to stall or, in some cases, catch fire.
Drivers whose vehicles are affected by this condition may notice any of the following warning signs:
- The engine is making an unusual (knocking) noise
- Reduced engine power and/or stuttering
- The Check Engine warning light is illuminated
- Engine oil pressure warning light illumination
- A burning odor, leaking oil, and/or smoke
The fix: Hyundai dealers will inspect the engine and replace it if bearing damage is discovered. Furthermore, dealers will install a software update. All of this will be done for free.
How to contact the manufacturer: Beginning November 12, 2021, Hyundai is expected to send owners a letter. Customers can reach customer service at 855-371-9460.
NHTSA campaign number: Hyundai’s internal number is 209.
Check to see if your vehicle is subject to a recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.