- Hyundai recall affects 275,533 cars and SUVs
- Kia recall affects 26,082 cars and SUVs
- Supersedes a previously released Hyundai engine control module update
Hyundai Auto Canada and Kia Canada have released a recall, or what they call a Product Improvement Campaign, that affects more than 300,000 vehicles in Canada.
The two brands will perform an engine control module update in order to detect potential problems before an engine fails. Not only will a failed engine cost thousands of dollars to fix, but it causes obviously causes a sudden loss or power, which becomes a safety risk.
This Hyundai recall and Kia recall affect the companies’ naturally aspirated 2.4-litre four-cylinder as well as the turbocharged, 2.0-litre four. The vehicles involved in this campaign include:
Hyundai Santa Fe (2019)
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (2013 to 2018)
Hyundai Sonata (2011 to 2019)
Hyundai Tucson (2014, 2015, 2019)
Hyundai Veloster (2019)
Kia Optima (2019)
Kia Sorento (2019)
Kia Sportage (2019-2020)
Hyundai points out that owners of Santa Fe Sport, Sonata and Tucson vehicles who have received a similar recall fix that was announced in March 2019—which involved 255,000 vehicles—don’t require the newly released update. To find out if these recalls affect our vehicle, we can consult the Hyundai recall search page on the company’s website, and Hyundai even has a dedicated website at www.hyundaiengineinfo.ca to provide more information on the issue. As for Kia owners, there’s also a recall search link on Kia Canada’s website.
As a matter of fact, the latter indicates that a previous Hyundai recall involved more than 110,000 vehicles in Canada for an engine manufacturing issue that could lead to failure and even engine fires.
We must point out that this control module fix isn’t meant to prevent engine failures—due to faulty engine manufacturing or maintenance negligence—but to detect a potential breakdown ahead of time. Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail, but Hyundai can also be contacted by phone at 1-888-216-2626.
This new Hyundai recall, along with the also-new Kia recall, represent yet another hit for the Korean giant, who has been battling with four-cylinder engine failure issues for the past few years. A class-action lawsuit was also launched in 2019 for owners of Hyundai and Kia products that are equipped with these powertrains.