A fire led Hyundai to announce a recall of 429,686 Elantra vehicles, including the Elantra Touring station wagon,media reported. Last week, Hyundai said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the model could burst into flames even if it was not running because of a potential short circuit problem on the ABS module.
It is understood that the years of the affected models include the 2006-2011 Elantra sedan and the 2007-2011 Elantra Touring. Hyundai says moisture can enter the ABS module, which can lead to a short circuit, which can occur over time rather than suddenly, without any prior warning. The risk of fire remains even when the car is out of power due to the continuous power supply of the ABS module.
Thankfully, the carmaker is ready to fix the problem. The owner only needs to drive the car to the dealer, where the technician will install a relay on the main terminal box to prevent a short circuit. All of these services will be provided free of charge to the owner.
It is reported that the recall will start on April 3, the same day Hyundai will give the owner notice.