Hyundai Motor America (HMC) is reaching out to owners of specific Genesis G70, G80, and G90 vehicles equipped with a 3.3-liter V6 turbocharged engine about a crucial safety concern. This issue involves the oil feed pipe that could potentially deteriorate and lead to oil leakage, posing a risk of engine compartment fires.

What’s the Problem?

The defect lies in the left hand (LH) turbocharger oil supply pipe within these vehicles. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures in the engine compartment can cause this pipe to crack, potentially resulting in oil leaks onto the exhaust manifold. Such leaks significantly increase the risk of engine compartment fires.

Investigation and Decision to Recall

HMC initiated an investigation into this issue in June 2023 after reports of similar incidents in foreign markets. The Data Review Committee (DRC) noted a concerning trend of turbocharger oil supply pipe repairs during colder seasons. After escalating the investigation to the Technical Review Committee (TRC) in February 2024, HMC confirmed the need for a safety recall.

The TRC observed repeat repairs related to a prior recall (Recall 003G – 19V-538) addressing oil leak issues caused by insufficient swaging of the turbocharger oil supply pipe fitting. The affected vehicles, including those addressed in the previous recall, were manufactured before a material change to stainless steel pipes was implemented by the supplier around August 2021.

Affected Vehicles and Reports

The recall affects approximately:

  • 14,186 model year 2019-2022 Genesis G70 vehicles
  • 7,372 model year 2018-2020 Genesis G80 vehicles
  • 6,881 model year 2017-2022 Genesis G90 vehicles

As of January 15, 2024, HMC has received 81 reports alleging the defect in the U.S. market. However, no confirmed crashes, injuries, or fires related to this issue have been reported.

Signs of Trouble

Owners should remain vigilant for signs indicating a potential problem with the oil feed pipe, including:

  • White smoke
  • Burning smell
  • Oil leaking onto ground surfaces

What Next?

All affected vehicle owners will receive notification by first-class mail, providing instructions to visit a Genesis retailer for replacement of the LH turbocharger oil supply pipe. The recall number assigned to this issue is 019G. The NHTSA campaign number is 24V-191, replacing the previous recall number 19V-538. Vehicles previously serviced under recall 19V-538 will require another repair.

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is initiating a recall for certain 2024 Kona models due to a potential risk of electrical short circuiting. This issue arises from the possibility of the battery cables rubbing against the engine control module bracket.

These vehicles are equipped with a 12-volt positive battery cable that could suffer damage during frontal collisions, leading to contact with the engine control module (ECM) bracket. This contact increases the likelihood of an electrical short, which could result in a fire in the engine compartment post-collision. Signs of this problem include smoke or a burning smell emanating from the engine area.

The issue first came to Hyundai’s attention in November 2023, following a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) about an engine compartment fire in a 2024 Hyundai Kona 1.6T-GDI AWD during a crash test. The IIHS observed smoke and flames emerging from the engine area shortly after the test. Their preliminary assessment indicated a short circuit in the ECM, which led to repeated reignitions. The situation was resolved after disconnecting the auxiliary battery. This incident prompted NASO to launch a new investigation.

A joint examination by NASO, HMC, HATCI, and IIHS revealed damage to the alternator and 12-volt positive power wiring beneath the ECM, with exposed copper cores. The ECM bracket was found pressing against the 12-volt positive battery cable, believed to have shifted during the crash and caused the electrical short leading to the fires.

In response, Hyundai conducted crash tests in December with newly designed sheathing to protect the 12-volt positive wiring from shorting due to ECM bracket contact. These tests were successful, showing no damage or electrical shorting. Consequently, HMA’s NASO decided to recall the affected Kona vehicles.

To date, there have been no reported crashes, injuries, or deaths related to this issue, except for the single fire incident during the IIHS test. Hyundai is unaware of any field incidents. Vehicle owners will be notified to return their vehicles to Hyundai dealers for the installation of protective sheathing over the wiring. The recall is designated as number 252, with NHTSA campaign number 23V-900.

Hyundai is taking action to address a fuel pump issue in certain 2021-2022 Genesis vehicles. This problem came to Hyundai’s attention in September 2022 when they received their first warranty claim related to a 2022 Genesis GV70 vehicle experiencing a stall / hesitation problem. As more warranty claims started pouring in, Hyundai launched an investigation to pinpoint the root cause of the issue.

The vehicles affected include:

  • 2021-2022 Genesis G80
  • 2022 Genesis GV70
  • 2021-2022 Genesis GV80

In June 2023, Hyundai successfully replicated the problem. Their investigation, which included a dimensional tolerance CT scan, revealed a potential problem: interference between the impeller (a key component of the fuel pump) and its housing, causing an obstruction. Hyundai collaborated with the supplier and identified a specific production lot of fuel pump assemblies that lacked sufficient impeller material. This issue potentially affected vehicles manufactured between June 2021 and December 2021. Consequently, Hyundai made the decision to initiate a recall.

The issue lies with the low-pressure fuel pump assemblies in these vehicles. Some of these assemblies may contain impellers that do not meet the required material specifications, which can lead to deformations. This deformation can result in the impeller interfering with the fuel pump housing, creating mechanical resistance that can cause the fuel pump to shut down.

A fuel pump shutdown can severely restrict the flow of fuel to the engine, potentially causing a sudden reduction or complete loss of power while driving. This poses an increased risk of accidents.

As of the latest available data up to August 22, 2023, Hyundai has received reports of 879 unique incidents related to this defect condition in the United States, spanning from July 1, 2021. Fortunately, there have been no confirmed crashes, fires, or injuries linked to this fuel pump issue.

To rectify the problem, authorized Hyundai dealers will replace the affected fuel pumps. The recall associated with this issue is identified by Hyundai as number 016G, and it has been assigned the NHTSA campaign number 23V-630. Additionally, the NHTSA has designated a specific campaign number for the fuel pump recall, which is 23E-068.

In summary, Hyundai is addressing a fuel pump problem in certain 2021-2022 Genesis vehicles to ensure the safety and reliability of these vehicles on the road. If you own one of these vehicles, it is important to receive the necessary replacement to avoid potential issues related to the fuel pump.

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) and Kia America, Inc. (Kia) are contacting owners of certain 2023-2024 vehicles because these vehicles are potentially affected by a critical issue related to the electric oil pump assembly. The problem could lead to a vehicle fire.

According to the defect report, the problem lies in a Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitor (MLCC) located on the printed circuit board within the Idle Stop & Go (ISG) electric oil pump assembly for the transmission. During the manufacturing process, the MLCC may have incurred damage from the supplier. This damage can have severe consequences on the electrical operation of the pump, leading to heat damage to the electric oil pump circuit board, connector, and wiring harness.

The consequences of this heat damage are twofold. Firstly, it escalates the risk of a vehicle fire, which can pose a significant threat to both the occupants and the vehicle itself. Secondly, there is a potential for a Controller Area Network (CAN) communication disruption for multiple onboard controllers. This disruption could lead to operational issues and compromises in the vehicle’s performance.

A range of 2023-2024 Hyundai and Kia models have been identified as being susceptible to this issue. The affected vehicles include:

The vehicles affected include:

2023 Hyundai Elantra
2023 Hyundai Kona
2023-2024 Hyundai Palisade
2023 Hyundai Sonata
2023 Hyundai Tucson
2023-2024 Kia Seltos
2023 Kia Soul
2023 Kia Sportage

Drivers may notice smoke from the vehicle’s under-body, a burning or melting odor or an illuminated Malfunction Indicator Light and other system dashboard warning lamps.

To address this potential problem, Hyundai and Kia are taking immediate action by issuing a recall. Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified and requested to schedule an appointment with their nearest Hyundai or Kia dealerships. During the inspection process, the electric oil pump controller will be inspected, and if necessary, replaced to ensure optimal performance and safety.

As a precautionary measure until the recall repair is completed, owners are advised to park their vehicles outside and away from structures. This will minimize the potential risk of a vehicle fire and provide added safety for both the vehicle and surrounding property.

For reference, Hyundai has designated the recall with the number 246, and the corresponding NHTSA campaign number is 23V-526. Meanwhile, Kia has assigned the recall with the number SC275, and the associated NHTSA campaign number is 23V-531.

Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) has recently taken steps to address a potential issue with certain 2023 Hyundai Palisade vehicles, which may affect their brakes. The company has initiated a recall and will be reaching out to the owners of these specific models to address the problem.

The concern revolves around the brake booster diaphragm, which has the potential to become misaligned. This misalignment can lead to an internal vacuum leak, resulting in a loss of power brake assist. Hyundai became aware of this issue during the assembly of certain 2023 Hyundai Palisade vehicles produced between April 28, 2023, and May 5, 2023.

These particular vehicles were equipped with brake boosters that contained diaphragms prone to becoming unseated. The cause of this problem was traced back to improperly manufactured assembly housings from one of Hyundai’s suppliers. Upon further investigation, by the end of May, Hyundai Motor America (HMA) identified several affected vehicles from the production range that were not retained at the port.

In light of this information, the North America Safety Decision Authority (NASDA) of the National Automotive Safety Organization (NASO) promptly convened to discuss the situation. After careful evaluation, NASDA made the decision to initiate a safety recall in order to address all potentially affected 2023 Hyundai Palisade vehicles sold in the United States.

Owners of the affected vehicles will receive official notices from Hyundai, instructing them to return to their authorized dealers for further assistance. Upon visiting the dealership, the brake booster of each vehicle will be thoroughly inspected, and if necessary, replaced to rectify the issue. Hyundai has assigned the recall number 245 to this particular action, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated it as campaign number 23V-415.

Ensuring the safety and satisfaction of its customers is of utmost importance to Hyundai, and the company is taking action to address this brake-related concern in a comprehensive and timely manner. By promptly contacting affected vehicle owners, conducting thorough inspections, and making any necessary repairs or replacements, Hyundai aims to resolve the issue and provide peace of mind to its customers.

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) will be contacting the owners of certain 2023 Genesis G90 luxury sedans because of a defect affecting the seat belt pretensioners in their vehicles. The problem could result in an increased chance of injury to vehicle occupants.

In October 2022, Hyundai received information pertaining to an investigation into allegations of abnormal seat belt pretensioner deployments in vehicles associated with recalls 21V-796, 22V-069, 22V-123, 22V-218, 22V-354, and 22V-458. Recall 22V-816 was initiated as Hyundai continued to evaluate vehicles equipped with the same Samsong pretensioners that had not yet been recalled..

In January, during the continued analysis of the airbag control unit (ACU) crash pulse data recovered from a North Carolina incident, they found that the micro gas generator (MGG) separated despite having a lower pretensioner “time-to-fire”. This was the problem that was previously thought to be the contributor to over-pressurization of the pretensioner pipe. Because of this information, the North America Safety Office (NASO) decided to conduct a safety recall 012G (23V-094) of Genesis G80, GV60, GV70, and GV80 vehicles equipped with pretensioners without a vent valve. Recall 012G (23V-094) supersedes Recall 009G, obsoleting all affected population(s) of Recall 211/009G (21V-796).

In March, during the review of details surrounding Hyundai’s assessment of the open investigation into the recent recalls, Hyundai noted that the recent recalls address all U.S. vehicles equipped with the subject Samsong seat belt pretensioner excluding Genesis G90 vehicles. The G90 contains the same seat belt pretensioners but because it is installed facing outward and away from occupants, fragments entering the cabin area and injuring occupants are significantly less likely to happen. Based on this information, the NASO decided to conduct a safety recall (013G) of Genesis G90 vehicles equipped with pretensioners without a vent valve. NHTSA campaign number 23V-210.

According to the defect report, the subject vehicles are equipped with frontal/rear pyrotechnic-type seat belt pretensioners that could deploy abnormally in certain crash conditions. The problem is due to the over-pressurization of the pretensioner pipe. Depending on specific vehicle characteristics such as pretensioner load limiter specification, the airbag control unit logic, crash duration/severity, and micro-gas generator orientation, occupants could experience an increased risk of injury.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified with instructions to bring their vehicles to a Hyundai dealer to have the seat belt pretensioner’s micro gas generator and delivery pipe secured with a cap to prevent potential abnormal deployment.

A small number of 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) could experience fuel tank leaks that could increase the risk of a fire. Occupants may detect a fuel smell and/or visible fuel leak associated with this condition.

The problem began in December 2022 when Hyundai first heard of reports of leaking fuel from the fuel tanks of certain 2022 model year Santa Fe PHEVs. Hyundai continued to investigate the condition with the supplier, and based on manufacturing information provided by the supplier, identified the suspect population of Hyundai vehicles likely equipped with defective fuel tanks to be between April 7, 2022, through April 9, 2022.

According to the defect report, certain fuel tanks may have been improperly manufactured, resulting in a fuel leak at the seam between the tank halves. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire. Based on this information, Hyundai decided to conduct a safety recall to replace the fuel tank assemblies on the suspect vehicles in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Description of the Cause: Insufficient molding caused by a malfunction of the material grinder prior to mold extrusion.

Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their dealers to have the fuel tank inspected and replaced as necessary. Owners who detect a fuel smell and/or visible fuel leak associated with this
condition should contact their Hyundai dealership immediately. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 240 and the NHTSA campaign number is 23V-028.

As of the date of this filing, Hyundai has confirmed no unique incident reporting a fuel leak in the U.S. There are no confirmed crashes, injuries, or fires related to this condition. This recall was decided based on three (3) incidents occurring in Europe.

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) has issued a recall (22V-816) affecting certain 2023 Genesis G80 Electric, 2021-2022 Santa Fe Hybrid, and 2022-2023 Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid vehicles. These vehicles have front driver-side and/or passenger-side seat belt pretensioners that could explode under certain deployment conditions.

This is the seventh recall issued by Hyundai for seat belt pretensioner problems. Hyundai has determined that the subject vehicles were manufactured with driver/passenger pyrotechnic-type seat belt pretensioners that may deploy abnormally in certain crashes due to over pressurization of the pretensioner pipe. The potential of a pretensioner exploding is dependent on vehicle characteristics, pretensioner load limiter specifications, airbag control unit logic, crash duration and severity.

Hyundai first became aware of the problem in September 2021, when they were contacted by the NHTSA’s ODI about an incident involving a 2021 model year Hyundai Elantra. The driver-side seat belt pretensioner allegedly deployed abnormally, causing metal fragments to enter the rear cabin and injuring an occupant’s leg. The NHTSA was notified of the incident by a law firm representing the operator of the incident vehicle.

According to the defect report, the front driver-side and/or passenger-side seat belt pretensioners in the subject vehicles were installed from a suspect production lot containing pyrotechnic-type pretensioners that may deploy abnormally during a crash. At the time, the cause of the abnormal deployment was unknown. Hyundai decided to recall vehicles equipped with pretensioners produced within the same production lot.

Recall 21V-796 vehicles affected include:

2021 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Hyundai Elantra HEV
2021 Hyundai Venue
2022 Genesis GV70
2021 Genesis GV80

Recall 22V-069 vehicles affected include:

2020-2021 Hyundai Accent

Recall 22V-123 vehicles affected include:

2022 Hyundai Elantra
2022 Hyundai Elantra HEV

Recall 22V-218 vehicles affected include:

2020 Hyundai Accent
2021-2022 Hyundai Elantra

Recall 22V-354 vehicles affected include:

2020-2022 Hyundai Accent
2021-2022 Hyundai Elantra
2021-2022 Hyundai Elantra HEV

Recall 22V-458 vehicles affected include:

2020-2022 Hyundai Venue

Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their Hyundai dealer to have the seat belt pretensioners secured with a cap. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 238/011G.