Hyundai is kicking the weekend off with not one, but two recalls that cover nearly 570 ,000 vehicles in the U.S. But so far, the automaker says there are no reports of accidents or injuries related to either one of them.
The first recall is the largest, most serious one, and covers 470,000 Sonatas from the 2011-2012 models years with the 2.0- or 2.4-liter direct injected engines. Hyundai says the car could possible fail while in motion due to a mechanical issue. During production of the crankshaft, metal debris might not have been fully removed, and those pieces could block the connecting rod oiling passages. Lack of lubrication can increase wear on the connecting rod bearings, and the issue can lead to a loud knocking noise or possibly even a failure while the car is in motion.
If you have a vehicle under the recall, Hyundai says bring it in for an inspection. Then, if necessary it will “replace the engine assembly.” The company is also going to extend the warranty on the short block to 10 years/120,000 miles for all owners. Owners should get a notifications in the mail by November 2.
A second smaller recall covers 99,500 2009-2011 Hyundai Accent models. They’re being recalled for a faulty brake light issue. The switch may only work intermittently, which of course is bad news for a couple of reasons. The brake light might not come on, it could make drivers unable to turn off the cruise control with the pedal and keep the shifter from being able to move out of park. Hyundai will replace the switch. This recall campaign will start November 2nd as well.
For more information, head to the NHTSA recall website.