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Hyundai recalls 95,500 Tucson, Sonata vehicles for fire risk

WASHINGTON — Hyundai Motor America is recalling much more than 95,five hundred U.S. autos for an motor defect that can improve the risk of a fire.

The recall handles particular 2017 Tucson compact crossovers and 2017 Sonata Hybrid midsize sedans geared up with two.-liter Nu GDI engines produced by the automaker’s motor plant in Ulsan, South Korea, according to a document submitted to NHTSA.

The connecting rod bearings in individuals engines might have on prematurely, which in excess of time can result in motor injury and finally stall the car or truck throughout procedure.

As of Sept. 17, Hyundai explained it was informed of 45 fires relevant to the problem.

The automaker did not right away reply to a request for remark from Automotive Information.

Dealers and car or truck proprietors will obtain recall notifications starting up Nov. twelve.

Dealerships will inspect the engines to identify whether or not there is any bearing injury. If injury is uncovered, the motor will be changed.

In addition, Hyundai explained all afflicted autos will obtain an improved motor management program update that contains its new Knock Sensor Detection Process, which screens motor vibrations for strange styles and assists detect troubles that could direct to an motor failure.

Hyundai’s hottest recall stems from a 2019 NHTSA investigation into nearly one.three million Sonata and Santa Fe autos from the 2011-14 product a long time in excess of allegations of noncrash car or truck fires. NHTSA sought facts concerning noncollision fire incidents of all Hyundai autos from all product a long time geared up with Theta II, Lambda II, Gamma and Nu engines.

For a long time, Hyundai and affiliate Kia Corp. have been plagued by motor flaws, leading to investigations by NHTSA and subsequent recalls.

Past November, Hyundai and Kia’s U.S. models agreed to shell out a report $210 million civil penalty soon after NHTSA explained they unsuccessful to recall one.six million autos for motor troubles in a well timed vogue.