Hyundai is recalling more than 255,000 Sonata, Tucson and Santa Fe Sport models in Canada
UPDATE: A previous version of this story mentioned that “Hyundai dealers will have to reprogram the engine control module to prevent any potential failures….” In actuality, the software does not prevent the failure.
Hyundai’s Canadian division has launched a massive recall campaign aimed at updating a knock sensor detection software as a preventative measure to provide advance warning to the vehicle operator of an engine problem in the unlikely event that one should occur.
More than 255,000 units sold in Canada between 2011 and 2018 are affected by this recall. These include the 2011-2018 Sonata, the 2014 and 2015 Tucson and the 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport. The recall issued by Hyundai Canada does not specify which engine block it is, but one thing is certain, this preventive measure is for the Theta-family engines. These engines are the 2.4L, in the case of the normally aspirated version, and the 2.0L that comes, depending on the model, with or without a turbo.
“The Knock Sensor Detection Software update was issued as a preventative measure to provide advance warning to the vehicle operator of an engine problem in the unlikely event that one should occur. The Knock Sensor Detection technology uses software innovations and leverages existing engine sensors to continuously monitor for symptoms that may precede an engine problem. If the software is triggered, the vehicle will be put into engine protection mode, allowing the customer to drive to the nearest Hyundai dealer for diagnosis and repair”, Hyundai Corporate Communications Manager Sandy Indig told us by email.
It will now be interesting to see if Kia will follow Hyundai in another recall campaign across Canada. It’s worth mentioning that Kia Canada has already had a recall at the end of February about the Soul and the Sportage, which are also struggling with engine problems.
Let’s remember that the two Korean manufacturers have been dealing with several fire complaints south of the border since 2015. In the fall of 2018, the US agency Center for Auto Safety asked Hyundai and Kia to recall more than 2.9 million vehicles following these numerous complaints of breakdowns or fires.
It would not be surprising to see other recalls added to the list of those already underway since these 4-cylinder engines are under the hood of many vehicles from both manufacturers.
To know more about this recall, you can check Hyundai Canada’s recall lookup page. You can also call Hyundai Canada’s recall hotline at 1-888-216-2626. Finally, you can also consult the recall page on Transport Canada’s website.