95,000+ Genesis Sedans Join Hyundai and Kia in Fire Risk Recall
Hyundai Motors has seen some challenges with its vehicles lately. The automaker has recalled several Hyundai and Kia models for fire risk. And now, the company’s luxury brand, Genesis, has added two of its models to the growing list of affected vehicles.
The automaker has issued a recall for more than 95,000 Genesis G70 and G80 vehicles. A short-circuit problem can increase the risk of property damage and bodily harm. Genesis is advising owners to seek corrective measures immediately.
Genesis sedans join the recall
According to Consumer Reports, Hyundai is warning owners of Genesis G70 and G80 sedans to “park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures” until they can get their vehicles repaired.
The crux of the problem: An anti-lock brake system (ABS) module installed in the Genesis sedans could short-circuit, causing a fire. It’s unclear what’s causing the malfunction, but the automaker recommends replacing a fuse to prevent damage.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advised that “an electrical short circuit inside the ABS module could cause an engine compartment fire while parked or driving.”
Affected Genesis G70 and G80 models
The Genesis vehicles joining the recall are 94,646 2015 to 2020 G80 sedans and 552 2019 to 2021 Genesis G70 sedans.
Genesis dealers will replace the ABS module fuse at no charge to consumers.
This recall isn’t the first one related to this problem. Earlier this year, the automaker issued a recall regarding almost 800,000 2016 to 2021 Hyundai Tucson SUVs. The brand advised owners to get the current-limiting 40-amp ABS module replaced with a 25-amp module to avoid fire risk. The automaker also instructed dealers to update the electronic control software on the affected Hyundai Tucson models. Several Tucson owners reported their vehicles catching fire when parked or in motion.
Several months ago, Hyundai issued a recall for another 180,000 Tucson SUVs from the 2019 to 2021 model years. According to CarComplaints.com, “drivers should be aware of illuminated ABS lights, burning odors, or smoke rolling from the engine compartments.” Consumer Reports also reports a recall for 380,000 Kia Cadenza sedans and Sportage SUVs for the same issue.
Car and Driver says the automaker has recalled more than 6 million Kia and Hyundai vehicles since 2015 due to fire risk or engine failure. In 2019, the NHTSA fined Hyundai $210 million for failing to issue recalls quickly.
How to find out if your G70 or
G80 sedan needs repairs
The automaker plans to begin the Genesis G70 and G80 recall on May 7. Hyundai Motor America will contact owners with complete remedy instructions.
The recall numbers are 201 and 006G. Customers may contact Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 with any questions or concerns.
Vehicle owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and reference campaign number 21V160000. Genesis owners can enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) at safecar.gov to see if the recall affects their sedans.