Hyundai customers who brought their vehicles to dealers for inspection under recall in 2020 may have to return because the precautionary measures taken by the company at that time were not sufficient.
The company launched a new withdrawal on May 6, in line with the measures taken in the 2020 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall number 20V-121. This action was induced by a low-pressure fuel pump that supplies gas directly to the injection fuel pump. Over time, it has been found that the model year 2013-2014 could create a crack in the Sonatas feed line, which could be a fuel leak and, possibly, a fire in the engine bogie.
As part of that recall, Hyundai inspected 206,896 vehicles in the United States to replace any cracked or leaked low-pressure fuel tubes. Vehicles that did not have cracks or leaks, meanwhile, had technicians install high-temperature tape to prevent them from failing, NHTSA documents reveal.
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This, however, was not found to be an effective way to prevent leaks. Since the implementation of the first withdrawal, a small number of vehicles have been seen leaking fuel anyway. For the same reason that was bad before (i.e. fire in the engine bogie), Hyundai now has to start another recall of 215,171 Sonatas.
As part of his recollection, Hyundai will replace the fuel feed line at no cost to the owners. The company plans to start notifying Sonata owners via first-class mail from July 5. It will also reimburse any customer who pays to replace the lines from their own pocket.