Is there a 2013 to 2015 Santa Fe Sport SUV parked in your garage? Due to a strong fire risk, Hyundai says to open your garage doors, back your vehicle out, and not bring it back inside until again until the problem can be fixed.
How bad is it? Bad enough that Hyundai is recalling over 200,000 of the models. Basically, brake fluid can spill into the anti-lock brake computer. That leads to an electrical short, which could burn your Santa Fe to the ground, as well as the garage where it’s parked.
That’s especially an issue if you have an attached garage. Your home could potentially catch on fire with you in it. To date, there have been 18 fires but no injuries. Know someone who owns a Santa Fe? Show them this article in case they haven’t heard from Hyundai yet.
Does this sound familiar? Substitute Tucson for Santa Fe and you have the same issue. In January, we reported on the Tucson fire recall that affects over 650,000 models from 2016 to 2021.
In that case, Hyundai issued the same advice. Park your Tucson outdoors until it can be fixed. At least the temps are warming up and it’s not such a cold-weather inconvenience to park your Hyundai outdoors because it might explode in flames.
What is inconvenient is owners won’t be contacted for at least four weeks about solutions. Apparently, the fix is going to be replacing the fuse and computer but owners won’t know until June.
Market Watch reports the recall “enhances the remedy” from one issued in September 2020. Hyundai says it kept investigating after the September recall and found that replacing the fuse would reduce the safety risk.
There’s also another recall, according to Market Watch. It covers nearly 187,000 2019 and 2020 Elantras, and 2019 through 2021 Konas and Velosters. All have 2-liter engines.
What do you think? Has Hyundai found the solution? Is it working quickly enough to fix the issue before your Santa Fe is engulfed in flames? Comment below, especially if your Santa Fe (or Tucson) has caught fire.
Keith Griffin covers Hyundai and Kia at Torque News. He has been writing continuously about cars since 2002. Keith used to be a researcher/writer for US News & World Report, as well as numerous car sites, including Carfax and Car Gurus, and a contributor to The Boston Globe. Most recently, Keith was the managing editor for American Business Media. Follow Keith at @indepthauto on Twitter, on @LinkedIn and on his Indepth Auto Facebook page.