Feds Expect Recall From Hyundai for Tuscon Vehicles Prone to Engine Stalling and Engine Fires

Feds Expect Recall From Hyundai for Tuscon Vehicles Prone to Engine Stalling and Engine Fires

the vehicles share a similar engine that is the subject of an investigation in other vehicle models

March 4, 2019

Hyundai is recalling certain Tuscon vehicles for oil leaks, which stems from a related investigation by federal authorities looking into Hyundai's response to similar incidents in vehicles with similar engines. These vehicles may have a defective oil pan to engine block seal that allows excessive oil leakage that can cause engine damage, high-speed stalling and a vehicle fire. A fix is not yet available.

What's the problem?

The recall affects an estimated 120,000 Tuscon vehicles from the 2011-2013 model years produced from March 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012 at the Ulsan plant in the Republic of Korea. These vehicles have engines that are similar to certain 2011-2014 Sonata and 2013-2014 Santa Fe Sport vehicles that are currently under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for non-crash fires.

In December 2018, NHTSA expressed concern for the rate of stall and non-collision fires in the 2011-2013 Tuscon vehicles and notified Hyundai that it expected a recall to be conducted. Hyundai complied and is currently investigating the cause of the oil leaks and damaged engines, which may be related to the seal between the oil pan and engine block. If left unrepaired, this could lead to engine damage, a high speed engine stall, and a fire.

What happens next?

The remedy for this recall is still under development. Hyundai will send owners an interim letter informing them of the issue beginning March 29, 2019. A second notification will be sent when the fix is available.

Hyundai will offer reimbursement to owners who have previously paid for repairs. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 181.