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The Hyundai Tucson has seen its fair share of recalls as of late. Previous recalls involved faulty ABS systems that start leaking which can cause an electrical short that can start a fire. This recall is also to stop fires occurring with the 2017 Hyundai Sonata hybrid and Tucsons. But the cause is catastrophic engine failures.

Hyundai and Kia have both had problems with the 2.0-liter engine resulting in recalls

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson at the Vienna Holiday Fair in Vienna, Austria
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson | Manfred Schmid/Getty Images

Both models have experienced rod bearing failures which have been an ongoing issue with both Hyundai as well as Kia. Over 8 million vehicles from both companies have been involved in engine failure recalls in the last five years. This time it is from a bad design for the rod bearings. 

Specifically, the Hyundai 2.0-liter “Nu” engine is affected. Once the bearings fry from premature wear it can lead to stalling and potential risk of fire. Hyundai will have dealers inspect the engines and if they exhibit premature rod bearing wear it will replace the entire engine. They will also install updated software that adds a new Knock Sensor Detection System.  

There have been a myriad of issues over the years affecting this engine beyond those in the recall

Hyundai Sonata
2020 Hyundai Sonata | Hyundai

The Nu 2.0-liter has not been the most reliable engine. Common problems include the aforementioned engine failures, carbon build-up, excess oil consumption, and oil leaks. Both Hyundai and Kia have robust warranties, so many of the engine problems are covered by the two companies.

In November notification letters will be mailed out. If you have questions or concerns you can go to Hyundai’s Safety Recalls and Service Campaigns website, or call customer service at 1-855-371-9460. You can also go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or call its Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.


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