A Slew of Hyundai Recalls Announced: Fire Hazard and Faulty Welding Spark Concerns


Hyundai has announced a flurry of recalls for several of their vehicles. The recalls vary in nature and extremity but were all announced at the same time. The Korean automaker will be notifying owners of recalled vehicles via mail. Should your vehicle be included in one of these recalls, you should bring it to your local Hyundai dealership. There, your vehicle will be repaired or the recall will be otherwise addressed at no cost.

Read on for information about which vehicles have been recalled and why.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The first recall is for 2013-2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vehicles. This isn’t a new recall, however, but an expansion of one announced in August of 2020. The recall is related to a brake fluid leak inside the antilock system. This leak can a short in the electrical system of the vehicle. Short circuits in engine compartments are extremely dangerous, as they can lead to engine fires.

The Santa Fe recall also comes with a warning: drivers of 2013-2015 Santa Fe Sport vehicles should park their cars outdoors and away from structures and plant life. The risk of engine fire persists even when the affected vehicles are parked.

Additional Fire Hazard Recall

Another recall expansion involves 2019 through 2021 Hyundai Kona SUVs, 2019 through 2021 Hyundai Veloster compact cars, and 2019 through 2020 Elantra vehicles. These recalls are for a complicated issue that can occur in the vehicle’s engine, involving a hardened piston oil ring. In simplified terms, this oil ring can cause a bearing rod to stop moving properly, which, in turn, can puncture part of the engine block.

Such punctures can lead to oil leaks, and these cause an increased risk of fire. Like with the aforementioned Santa Fe recall, it is recommended that owners of the recalled vehicles park them outside until repairs can be provided by Hyundai.

2021 Elantra Recall

In addition to the 2019 and 2020 Elantra, the 2021 Elantra is being recalled. The newest model is being recalled for a different reason, however: this much smaller recall is due to a bad welding job in some of the front seats. Only just over 1,400 vehicles are affected by this recall, as the issue was caught after only a few weeks of production.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail and Hyundai will inspect and repair their front seats if needed. In the meantime, owners of 2021 Elantra vehicles should be vigilant for any unusual looseness in the backs of their front seats, and be mindful of the welding issue.