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Hyundai Recalls Tucson, Sonata Hybrids For Risk Of Engine Fires

Hyundai is recalling over 90,000 model year 2017 Hyundai Tucson and Sonata Hybrid vehicles with 2-L “Nu” GDI engines because premature wear of connecting rod bearings could lead to engine damage, stalling and vehicle fires.

According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects 82,268 Tucsons and 13,247 Sonata Hybrids. The affected Tucsons were built on May 16, 2016 through October 19, 2017. The affected Sonata Hybrids were built May 12, 2016 through December 27, 2017.

The rod bearings could suffer premature wear and break. When this occurs, drivers may hear abnormal knocking noises from the engine. If the broken rod punctures the engine block, oil could leak onto hot surfaces and ignition sources, potentially leading to a vehicle fire.

Even if the vehicles don’t go aflame, the engines could become so damaged that the vehicles unexpectedly stall. Other signs drivers should watch for are vehicle hesitation, illuminated Check Engine lights and oil pressure warning lights, fluid leaks, burning smells and smoke.

Mail notices will be sent on November 12. Affected vehicles may get their engines replaced, and new engages will get a Knock Detection Sensor (KDS) system.


Lemon Law Help by Knight Law Group is an automotive lemon law firm that exclusively practices in California. If you are a California resident who purchased or leased a defective vehicle from a licensed dealership in California, we may be able to help you get rid of your potential lemon and recover significant cash compensation. Model year restrictions apply: 2017–Present vehicle models only.

However, we cannot help those who reside outside of California or purchased their vehicle outside of California unless they are active duty members of the Armed Forces, nor will we be able to refer those to a lemon law firm in their states.

To learn more about the California Lemon Law and your legal rights, visit our guides on the California Lemon Law and Used Car Lemon Law for more information.

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