In 2021, we’re already seeing our first auto recall just a few weeks into the new year. On January 9, 2021, Hyundai recalled about 471,000 SUVs for an electrical short that could cause fires. Due to the fire risk, the company is encouraging vehicle owners to park their cars outside until the problem is repaired.
Which Vehicles Are Affected?
Hyundai’s latest recall adds Hyundai Tucson SUVs to a recall that began in September of last year. Certain model-year 2016 through 2018 vehicles are affected, as well as some vehicles introduced in 2020 and 2021.
The best way to find out whether or not your vehicle has been recalled is to search by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safety Issues & Recalls service.
What Went Wrong?
According to USA Today, Hyundai Tucson SUVs have “antilock brake system computers that can malfunction internally and cause an electric short,” thus leading to fires. Fortunately, vehicles that have Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control feature are not affected by the recall.
Still, Hyundai is aware of at least a dozen fires caused by the electrical short.
What Should I Do?
If your vehicle has been recalled, park your SUV outside until you can have it fixed. You should receive a notification and instructions on how to get your “HECU fuse” fixed in late February.
Hyundai is required, by law, to complete all repairs free of charge.
You can find more information by visiting the company’s Safety Recalls And Service Campaigns website and entering your VIN.
What If I Get Hurt?
If you are harmed in a Hyundai Tucson fire or by any defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC can help. Vehicle recalls are serious, and when you’ve been involved in a serious accident, you need a serious attorney.
Our attorneys have recovered over $200 million for our clients, and we are ready to help you, too.
Call us at (866) 675-4427 or contact us online to get started today – we are available for you 24/7.