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Hyundai Motor America Recalling 600,000 Vehicles

Problems with hood latches, warning lights force action.

by on Jun.08, 2017

Both Santa Fe and Sport are being recalled due to a faulty hood latch cable.

Hyundai announced it will recall nearly 600,000 vehicles by the end of June to resolve two separate issues: faulty hood latches and parking brake warning lights.

Both recalls will begin June 30.

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said the company 437,400 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers due to a faulty cable for the secondary hood latch. The cable may corrode and prevent the hood from latching.

The action covers 2013–17 model years. Hyundai noted there was only a problem if the hood is not properly closed.

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Hyundai spokesman Michael Stewart told Automotive News that there was an investigation into the Santa Fe models at the end of last year. After finding the problem, a production fix was applied on the crossover last June.

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“There have been three reports where the hoods actually came open, but the majority of the complaints had to do with the hood being stuck closed,” Stewart said, adding the company was inquiring about why the announcement didn’t come sooner.

While not limited to any particular area, the issue is most prevalent in regions of the country where salt is used to help de-ice roads in the winter. The salt gets under the hood and then begins corroding the hood latch.

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The automaker announced a second action that involves corrosion as well. The company said about 150,000 Sonata models and 10,800 Genesis models from 2015 and 2016 are affected by a faulty parking brake warning light.

Under certain conditions, the switch can corrode, causing the light not to illuminate when the parking brake is engaged. Hyundai identified the issue in May.

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“If the driver inadvertently drives the vehicle with the parking brake applied, symptoms can include parking brake noise, parking brake ‘drag,’ and smoke and/or smell from driving with applied parking brake,” Hyundai said in a statement.

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