Hyundai has recalled more than one million vehicles in recent years, citing defects that could cause engine fires. But the company - and Hyundai drivers - are not out of the woods yet.
Hyundai recently recalled another 100,000 vehicles, which it says are now at risk of catching fire while parked. That brings the total number of cars that the Korean company and affiliate Kia have called back over fire risks up to 1.5 million, Car and Driver reports.
In the meantime, the Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are urging recalled car owners to keep the vehicles out of their garages.
“Owners of select Hyundai and Genesis vehicles listed below should park their cars outside and away from homes, other structures and other flammable materials such as vegetation until their vehicles have been repaired, due to new and separate recalls for the risk of fire,” NHTSA said in a notice posted to its website.
The recall covers certain 2015–2016 Hyundai Genesis, 2017–2020 Genesis G80 and 2019–2021 Genesis G70 vehicles, according to Car and Driver.
The affected cars’ anti-lock brake systems could malfunction and short circuit. Hyundai says it is aware of three car fires resulting from the defect, none of which occurred in the U.S.
“The anti-lock brake system modules could malfunction internally and cause an electrical short over time, potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire while parked or driving,” NHTSA said in the notice.
Recalled car owners can bring their vehicles to a local dealer to have faulty ABS modules replaced.
Fight Back Against Defective Carmakers
Hyundai is also recalling some 82,000 electric vehicles over engine fire risks, a $900 million effort that is said to be one of the most expensive on record.
The recalls are an unfortunate reminder that many vehicles often leave the factory with serious defects that pose real safety hazards. These defects are regularly not spotted until well after the cars are sold.
The good news for car owners in California is that you have some important rights and protections under that state’s lemon law. The law requires car manufacturers to make a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty and to buy back or replace vehicles that it cannot or will not fix.
The lemon law also forces the manufacturer to pay any legal fees that you incur while enforcing your rights.
How a California Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
If you are in a dispute with a car manufacturer over a defective vehicle, an experienced California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help. An attorney at our firm will explain your rights and help you explore your options for making sure that the manufacturer is made accountable.
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