Hyundai Motor Company Australia is recalling 8779 examples of its Santa Fe SUV due to a manufacturing defect that may cause the circuit board in the anti-lock braking system (ABS) module to short circuit, potentially causing a vehicle fire even if the car is off.

    This recall affects previous, DM-generation Santa Fe models produced during 2015 and 2017.

    “Due to a manufacturing defect, the circuit board in the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) module may short circuit when the components are exposed to moisture,” said the company in its recall notice.

    “This could result in a vehicle fire even when the vehicle is turned off.”

    • A total of 8779 vehicles are affected
    • The VIN list is attached here
    • The original recall notice is attached here

    Hyundai says that affected vehicles should park in an open space, away from flammable materials and structures. It also notes that a short circuit won’t affect the functioning of the brake system.

    If your vehicle displays an engine warning, the company says to stop driving and contact your local Hyundai dealer.

    If you own an affected vehicle you’ll be contacted by Hyundai Motor Company Australia in writing, requesting you to make an appointment with your preferred authorised Hyundai dealer to have the component inspected and rectified, free of charge.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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