2015-Onward Genesis Sedans Recalled for Fire Hazard

90K+ Hyundai units (incl. Genesis) impacted.

Hyundai Motor America recently declared a voluntary recall of select Genesis sedans due to possible fire dangers linked to the starter solenoid. The recall was sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on February 13, 2024, encompassing 90,907 vehicles. This includes the Hyundai Genesis as well as following models such as the G70, G80, and G90 sedans.

Based on the official recall statement, the impacted vehicles consist of 48,613 examples of the 2015-2016 Hyundai Genesis, 31,766 examples of the 2017-2019 Genesis G80, 5,101 examples of the 2017-2019 Genesis G90, and 5,427 examples of the 2019 Genesis G70. Therefore, the new 2021 G80 that caught fire several years ago is not linked to this problem.

The problem lies in the starter solenoid of the impacted cars, which may become polluted with water when exposed to highly watery situations such as floods. This contamination has the potential to cause an electric short circuit within the starter solenoid, resulting in a fire hazard whether the vehicle is in motion or stationary.

The initial reports of the incidents came from South Korea, which led the car manufacturer to conduct an investigation in the United States. Hyundai has confirmed a total of 12 “thermal incidents” in the US between September 29, 2017, and July 9, 2023 – all linked to the flaw in the insulation of the starter solenoid. Fortunately, there have been no reported crashes, injuries, or fatalities directly caused by this defect.

The affected automobiles are still operable, however it is recommended that the owners park them outside or in a location away from buildings until the recall process has been completed. In April, dealers and owners will receive a notification via mail, but if you happen to be an owner of one of these vehicles, it would be wise to contact your nearby dealer promptly to address the issue.

In an effort to address the problem, Hyundai has decided to implement a relay kit on the impacted cars that will only supply power to the solenoid during initial start-up, instead of constantly. And, as expected, this service will be provided free of cost.

The Hyundai Motor Group has once again announced a voluntary recall due to potential fire hazards, marking a recurring issue. Of note is the recent and largest recall in September of 2023, involving over 3 million Hyundai and Kia cars due to a defective hydraulic electronic control unit.

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