In essence, the potentially life-saving system fitted to these vehicles may not work, due to a problem at the time of assembly. ESC stabilises a vehicle if it steps out and escapes the control of the driver.
The recall campaign announced this week affects FD-series Hyundai i30 models sold in Australia between December 18, 2010 and March 29, 2012.
There is a risk that the ESC electronic control case was damaged in assembly. If this is the case, said damage could result in cracks forming and letting moisture in. This could cause a short-circuit and an ESC malfunction.
“In the event of ESC malfunction, the ESC system will not be able to stabilise the vehicle when it is out of control,” Hyundai’s statement said.
“The ESC system is part of the ABS system and the ESC malfunction will prevent the vehicle from stopping at its optimum designed capability. This malfunction would increase the risk of a vehicle crashing in the event of emergency braking or if the vehicle were out of control.”
Hyundai Australia says any i30 models with broken ESC systems will display a corresponding warning light on the dash, and urge any owners with this issue, who bought their i30 during the sell dates, to see their dealer.
All affected owners are being contacted by letter. The affected VIN range is KMHD**1***U113245 to KMHD**1***U395542.
Hyundai Australia says the fix will take about 90 minutes, and says no case of ESC failure in its fleet have been reported, hence the “precautionary” tag.
The Hyundai i30 has a fairly strong recall record, with only one other campaign announced over the car’s life cycle, which began in 2007 and is now deep into its second generation.