More Hyundai Tucsons Recalled Over Fire Risk
Hyundai is expanding a recall of Tucson sport utility vehicles to include another 471,000 SUVs that the company says are at risk of catching fire.
The newly recalled cars include certain 2016-2018 and 2020-2021Tucson vehicles with defective antilock brake circuit boards that could short circuit.
“An electrical short in the ABS module could increase the risk of an engine compartment fire,” Hyundai told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a defect notice.
The move comes just five months after the Korean automaker recalled 180,000 SUVs over the same issue. Hyundai in February 2020 also recalled some 400,000 Elantra vehicles over a similar antilock braking system problem.
Dozens of Tucson fires have been reported, but Hyundai told NHTSA it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused as a result of the defect.
The company said it will start notifying the owners of recalled cars by the end of February. Hyundai said local dealers will inspect recall cars and replace defective ABS modules.
In the meantime, the company says owners of some 471,000 recalled sport-utility vehicles should park outside while waiting for a fix.
Legal Rights for Owners Dealing With Car Defects
While producing more than half a million SUVs that could burst into flames at any time is a serious matter, it is not the only safety issue facing Hyundai and the people who drive its cars. Hyundai and other major car manufacturers recall millions of vehicles each year over a wide range of defects that pose a serious risk for anyone on the road.
That is where the California lemon law comes in. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also forces the manufacturer to buy back - or, in some cases, replace - vehicles that the company is unable or unwilling to fix.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback or replace requirement kicks in. That is one reason why it is vital to seek the advice of a seasoned lemon law attorney. The law obligates the car manufacturer to pick up the tab for legal fees incurred while enforcing your lemon law rights.
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