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Hyundai recalls almost 400K vehicles, warning of engine fires

Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday announced a recall affecting several models due to a risk of engine fires.

The recall, listed on Hyundai’s website, affects certain Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Velosters, as well as certain Sonata standard motor and hybrid engine models. The model years range from 2011 to 2016.

A warning on the website urges consumers to listen for knocking sounds emanating from their engines and to be on the lookout for unexplained losses of power.

The company is also urging drivers with the affected vehicles to park outside, and reported that the issue results from brake fluid leaking into the engine.

“While the majority of incidents among affected vehicles are limited to engine knocking, there have been instances of stalling, meaning the engine may stop running while the vehicle is being driven. Importantly, drivers in this situation can maintain control of the vehicle as brakes, steering and safety devices like airbags remain operational,” reads Hyundai’s website.

Owners will be notified by late June if they need to bring their vehicles in for the replacement of a fuse and an onboard computer.

Hyundai said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes as a result of the malfunction.

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