Engine, Brake Light Failure Initiates Two Recalls from Hyundai

Engine, Brake Light Failure Initiates Two Recalls from Hyundai
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September 25, 2015

A critical engine issue is prompting a recall from Hyundai Motor America.

The automaker is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Sonata vehicles, exclusively manufactured at the firm's Alabama facility, equipped with either a 2.0 liter or 2.4 liter Gasoline Direct injection engine. Hyundai believes that 470,000 vehicles may be impacted by the defect.

In the affected vehicles, metallic debris may not have been fully removed during manufacturing of the engine crankshaft. This would cause oil flow to be restricted through the connecting rod bearings, causing damage. A worn connecting rod bearing will produce a metallic, cyclic knocking noise from the engine and possible engine failure.

A failing engine would cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the engine assembly, as necessary, free of charge. Additionally, Hyundai Motor America will increase the warranty for the engine sub-assembly (short block) to 10 years/120,000 miles for both original and subsequent owners of the affected vehicles.

An interim notification will be mailed by November 2, 2015. A second notification will be mailed when parts are available.

Additionally, Hyundai announced this week that it would recall almost 100,000 model year 2009-2011 Hyundai Accent vehicles due to a brake light malfunction.

A malfunctioning brake light switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Brake light failure or the failure to disengage from cruise control increases the risk of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 2, 2015.

Owners with questions about either recall can contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 671-3059.