Hyundai is recalling certain models of the 2019-2021 Hyundai Tucson crossover SUV for a defective circuit board that can cause an electrical short and increase the risk of an engine fire, according to paperwork filed with the NHTSA last week.
The electronic control unit for the anti-lock braking system could corrode and cause the short, which sparked at least 12 known engine fires, according to Hyundai. The recall encompasses 180,000 models.
Hyundai said owners can still drive the recalled vehicles until the service is performed, but Hyundai also recommends parking away from houses, garages, and other structures until the fix is complete. Owners of the affected vehicles may notice smoke from the engine compartment, a melting odor, and/or the ABS light or check engine light.
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