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Fire Risks Prompt Hyundai to Recall More Than 95,000 Tucson and Sonata Vehicles

Hyundai’s Nu GDI 2.0-litre engines are known for being less than reliable


  • The recall involves 2017 model year vehicles with the 2.0-litre engine.

  • Internal components wear prematurely causing damage and potential stalling.

  • So far, 45 related fires have been reported.


For the moment, this recall, issued by Hyundai Motor America, is aimed specifically at 2017 Tucson SUVs and 2017 Sonata Hybrid sedans that are equipped with 2.0-litre Nu GDI engines. So far, 95,500 vehicles are involved but this might not be the end of the recall.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | Photo: Hyundai

The issue with the engine stems from faulty connecting rod bearings that could wear out prematurely. Unless spotted and fixed in time, they can cause serious internal damage to the engine. As well, an engine failure could cause it to stall while in operation. The signs that something is wrong with the engine will be internal knocking and/or an oil level light coming on in the instrument cluster.

In rare cases, the damaged rod could perforate the engine block sending oil onto hot surfaces causing a fire. So far, 45 such related fires have been reported.

Dealers will send out recall notifications as of November 12th. They will inspect the engine for defects and if damage is found, according to Automotive News, the engine will be replaced.

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