Hyundai recalls 90,000 Genesis vehicles over fire risk

Hyundai has issued a recall for more than 90,000 Genesis vehicles amid concerns of a potential fire hazard. Owners of affected models, including certain 2015-2016 Genesis, 2017-2019 Genesis G80, Genesis G90, and 2019 Genesis G70 vehicles, are advised to park their cars outside and away from structures until necessary repairs are completed.

The recall comes in response to a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which highlighted the risk of water entering the starter solenoid, leading to an electrical short. This issue could potentially result in engine compartment fires, whether the vehicle is parked or in motion.

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Hyundai disclosed in documents that it has identified a dozen “thermal incidents” involving starters in the US between September 29, 2017, and July 9, 2023. These incidents typically involve smoke, component melting, or fires. However, it remains unclear from the documents whether any actual fires occurred, and thankfully, there have been no reported crashes or injuries related to this issue.

As part of the remedy, Hyundai dealers will install a relay kit in the engine junction box free of charge to mitigate the risk of fire. Owners of the affected vehicles are urged to contact their nearest Hyundai dealership to schedule the necessary repairs promptly.