Hyundai Australia has issued a recall of 87,499 of its 2007-2011 model-year i30 hatchback (shown above) and 2006-2011 Elantra small sedan (shown below) due to a defective circuit board that may increase risk of fire, with two known fires reported on Australian i30 cars.
The new recall includes 68,765 examples of Hyundai i30 hatchbacks sold between 7 November 2006 and 14 December 2010, and 18,734 Elantra sedans that were sold between 17 August 2005 and 14 May 2011.
The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says the defect relates to an electronic circuit board in the vehicles’ anti-lock braking system (ABS) module that may short circuit when exposed to moisture.
Hyundai notes this fire can be present even when the car’s engine is switched off, as the ABS module receives power constantly.
Hyundai Australia says if the electronics do short circuit, this may increase the risk of a fire in the engine compartment which could result in an accident or serious injury to vehicle occupants, other road users and bystanders, or damage property.
Due to the constant risk of the fire, Hyundai is asking owners to park affected vehicles in an open space away from other structures that may ignite in the case of a fire.
Hyundai Australia says it will notify owners of affected vehicles asking them to arrange inspection and repair of the defective system, which involves the installation of a relay kit on the circuit board.
If you believe your vehicle may be affected, visit www.hyundai.com.au/dealer or call 1800 186 306 .