Hyundai has issued a recall of almost 430,000 Elanta models from the years 2006 to 2011. Affected models include the Elantra sedan and the Elantra Touring wagons.
The recall is a result of a flaw in the anti-lock brake (ABS) module. It was discovered that moisture could enter the module, cause an electrical short, and lead to an engine fire. Although only a handful of fires have been reported, with zero injuries, Hyundai will recall every vehicle with the potential problem.
A totla of 429,686 Elanta models are affected. The car does not necessarily need to be on for a fire to occur, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite the relatively low risk, Hyundai is recommending owners of affected vehicles park their cars outside until repairs are completed.
Hyundai will install a new relay which will turn off the ABS module when the vehicle is off. However, the company claims they cannot find a reason for the moisture to enter the module in the first place. There is still a very slight risk of engine fire while the vehicle is on.
“When the vehicle is on, short circuits are preceded by other noticeable symptoms such as noise [or] ABS warning lights,” a Hyundai spokesperson told CarandDriver.com. “So with the vehicle on, the driver is present and will detect preceding symptoms if a short circuit were to occur. In this situation, the foundation brakes continue to be operational.”
Elantra owners can check this site to see if their vehicle is affected.