Recall Roundup: Hyundai Recalls Nearly a Half Million Sonatas Due to Debris in Engines
By Joseph Dobrian, September 28, 2015
During the past week, Hyundai issued two major recalls, affecting approximately 570,000 vehicles from the 2009 to 2012 model years. General Motors, Mitsubishi, and Volvo also issued recalls. In all, nearly 700,000 vehicles are included in the safety recalls. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
General Motors (GM) is recalling 96,145 model-year 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS sedan vehicles manufactured April 23, 2012, to September 2, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the coil antenna module that powers the rear defogger system may generate excessive heat due to excessive cycling or continuous operation. If the coil antenna generates excessive heat, risk of a fire increases.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the Electronic Climate Control module to remove the automatic rear defogger "on" function, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15299. Owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V558000.
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling approximately 99,500 model-year 2009-2011 Hyundai Accent vehicles manufactured March 1, 2009, to February 11, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the brake light switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning brake light switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning brake light switch may also prevent the shifter from being moved out of the “Park” position. Failure to illuminate the brake lights during braking, or the inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake switch free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 2, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai's customer service at 1-855-671-3059 or by visiting www.HyundaiUSA.com/Campaign131. Hyundai's number for this recall is 131; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V566000. This recall is an expansion of Hyundai’s recall number 13V-113.
Hyundai is recalling approximately 470,000 model-year 2011-2012 Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009, to April 12, 2012 at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and equipped with either a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine. In the affected vehicles, metallic debris may not have been fully removed during manufacturing of the engine crankshaft. If the debris was not completely removed, oil flow may be restricted through the connecting rod bearings, causing connecting rod damage. A worn connecting rod bearing will produce a metallic, cyclic knocking noise from the engine and possible engine failure.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the engine assembly, as necessary, free of charge. Additionally, Hyundai will increase the warranty for the engine sub-assembly (short block) to 10 years/120,000 miles for both original and subsequent owners of 2011 and 2012 Sonatas manufactured at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama equipped with 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter GDI engines. An interim notification will be mailed by November 2, 2015. A second notification will be mailed when parts are available. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059 or by visiting www.HyundaiUSA.com/Campaign132. Hyundai's number for this recall is 132; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V568000.
Mitsubishi Motors North America (Mitsubishi) is recalling 1,497 model-year 2014-2015 Lancer Evolution vehicles manufactured January 31, 2014, to September 5, 2014, and 2014-2015 Lancer Ralliart vehicles manufactured February 3, 2014, to September 5, 2014. The affected turbocharged vehicles have a right parking brake cable that may contact the fuel tank, wearing away the tank's protective coating. Without the protective coating, the fuel tank may rust and leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right parking brake cable, and inspect the fuel tank, free of charge. If the fuel tank's exterior coating shows signs of damage from abrasive contact with the right parking brake cable, the fuel tank will also be replaced free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-15-009; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V546000.
2016 Volvo S80
2016 Volvo V60
2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country
2016 Volvo XC60
2016 Volvo XC70
Volvo Cars of North America (Volvo) is recalling a total of 7,855 model-year 2016 Volvo S60, S80, V60, V60CC, XC60, and XC70 vehicles manufactured April 8, 2015 to August 19, 2015. In certain driving conditions, when using the automatic engine start/stop function, the starter motor fuse may blow, preventing the car from re-starting.
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing starter motor fuse with a higher-amperage fuse, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 12, 2015. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552 or by visiting http://volvo.custhelp.com. Volvo's number for this recall is R39574; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V555000.