Urgent recall: Hyundai engines at risk of catching fire

Hyundai has issued a safety recall for almost 90,000 vehicles due to a manufacturing error that could cause the vehicle to catch fire, even when the engine is turned off.

According to The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the recall applied to Hyundai i30 models between 2007-11 and Hyundai Elantra models between 2006-11.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said an electronic control circuit board in the Anti-Lock Breaking System module could short circuit if the components are exposed to moisture.

“Because of this manufacturing defect, the engine could catch fire, even if the vehicle isn’t running,” Mr Spalding said.

“This is a potentially dangerous defect particularly if the vehicle caught fire while parked in the home garage.”

Mr Spalding said owners of affected vehicles would be contacted by Hyundai and asked to contact an authorised Hyundai dealership to have the problem rectified.

“Repairs will be done free of charge and will prevent the power surge and stop the risk of fire,” he said.

“If your vehicle is affected by this problem its important you park it in an open space and away from flammable materials until it can be checked and fixed.”

Affected owners could find their nearest dealer by visiting https://www.hyundair.com.au/dealer.

For further information, consumers could contact Hyundai’s Customer Care Centre on 1800 186 306.