Hyundai has recalled almost 100,000 vehicles to fix a wiring problem that could lead to an engine fire, whether the car is running or not.
The recall applies to 2007-2011 models of the popular i30 hatch and 2006-11 models of the Elantra sedan, as well 9393 Santa Fe SUVs built from March 2005 to September 2009.
Hyundai is advising owners not to park their car in a confined space such as a garage until the free recall work is completed.
The maker says the problem is related to an electronic circuit board in the anti-lock braking system (ABS). If exposed to moisture the module could short circuit and possibly cause a fire in the engine compartment.
The notice says: “There is a risk of an engine compartment fire, even when the vehicle is turned off, as the circuit is constantly powered. This could increase the risk of an accident, serious injury to vehicle occupants, other road users and bystanders.”
Hyundai says it has had two incidents involving a short circuit and fire in Australia, although no-one was hurt.
Hyundai recommends that owners park their car in an open space away from any flammable materials and structures.
The recall affects i30 hatchbacks manufactured between November 7, 2006 and December 14 2010, while the affected Elantras were built between August 17 2005 and 14 May 2011.
Owners are advised to visit their local Hyundai dealership for the free fix, which takes roughly 20 minutes.
This is the second major recall in six months affecting the Hyundai i30. In December the maker announced a recall of more than 100,000 vehicles for a fault that could cause the front airbags to deploy during normal driving.
The recall, unrelated to the massive Takata airbag recall, was related to a programming issue that could cause the airbags to deploy without an impact being detected.