US – Hyundai has revered a statement that a recall on a car before it is fixed should Not be parked inside a garage.
Weeks ago when Hyundai and Kia announced the 643,000 vehicles total including the Santa Fe crossover SUV, Sedona minivan and Optima sedan. The recall is because of a potential fire risk from leaking break fluid that would cause a fire.
Now Hyundai has reversed that statement saying parking the vehicle outside is the safe thing to do.
The Santa Fe may leak brake fluid into the anti-lock brake system module and also cause an electrical short. In total, 283,803 Optima, 156,567 Sedona and 151,205 Santa Fe vehicles are part of the recalls. Hyundai said the problem comes from a “suspected supplier quality deviation issue.”
Owners may see a dashboard warning light illuminate, smell burning or see visible smoke coming from under the hood. If the ABS light does come on, Hyundai said owners should not drive their vehicle and should disconnect the battery’s positive cable. Otherwise, the cars are safe to drive until owners bring the car in for a fix.
Hyundai has reported that 15 vehicles have had fires due to this defect and Kia has had eight.
Dealers will inspect the vehicles for leaking brake fluid and replace the HECU or ABS module as needed, free of charge. Kia owners should begin receiving mailed notices around Oct. 15, while Hyundai owners will receive their own notices around Oct. 30