Owners of Hyundai Tucsons up to six years old have been told to park the vehicles in an open space away from garages and flammable materials due to fears a manufacturing error could lead to the car’s engine catching fire, even when the vehicle is turned off.
A recall notice issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Thursday said the electronic circuit board in the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) module may short circuit when the components are exposed to moisture.
It warned owners of Tucson models made from 2015 to 2021 to park affected vehicles in an open space away from flammable materials and structures, such as garages, and wait to be contacted.
The ACCC said more than 93,572 vehicles were affected by the recall.
The recall notice states the risk of engine fire remained even when the vehicle was turned off, as the circuit is constantly powered.
“This could increase the risk of an accident, serious injury or death to vehicle occupants, other road users and bystanders, and/or damage to property,” the ACCC recall notice states.
However, the short circuit does not impact the functioning of the ABS.
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