Following a concerning call for 147,000 new Kia Seltos, Soul and other vehicles, an identical issue is the cause of another engine fire recall for two brand-new Hyundai vehicles. The automaker filed documents with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week saying it needs to recall 125,840 vehicles for improperly heat-treated piston oil rings. The defect could lead to a fire occurring in the engine compartment.

The recall hits the 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona and Veloster, while the 2019-2020 Elantra is also part of the recall. Each of the affected cars features a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine — the same engine found in the affected Kia models. Without the proper heat treatment, the piston oil rings may be much harder than needed. If the issue surfaces, the ring can scuff the cylinder bore and cause the engine to consume a lot more oil. Eventually, a connecting rod bearing may seize. Meanwhile, increased oil consumption can lead to a leak, and around a source of combustion, cause a fire. Owners should be on the lookout for an engine knock, a burning smell and check engine or oil pressure lights illuminating on the dashboard.

Adding to the fire risk woes at Hyundai, the automaker filed an additional recall for 2013-2015 Santa Fe Sport crossovers. This fire risk comes from brake fluid leaking near the ABS module, which could then short circuit and cause a fire. A total of 151,205 vehicles are part of this separate recall campaign.

For the engine fire/damage recall, Hyundai will need to see each of the affected cars at a dealer so a technician can inspect the problem components. Owners may be in for a totally new engine, if necessary, and the brand will cover all associated costs. Hyundai will also equip each car with software to better monitor the issue going forward. For the Santa Fe recall, owners will also need to bring their cars to a dealer for inspection to replace the ABS multifuse, and inspect and replace the ABS module. Mailed notices will head out to owners in late June. (Sean Szymkowski, CNET)

If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to this, or any, automobile defect, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, contact the trusted personal injury lawyers at Breslin and Breslin today.

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