Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Tucson Recalled Because of Fire Risk

Premature wear of an internal component could lead to engine damage

2017 Hyundai Tucson
2017 Hyundai Tucson
Photo: Hyundai

More than 95,000 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedans and Tucson SUVs from the 2017 model year are being recalled because their engines may suddenly stall or even catch fire. This is part of an ongoing series of recalls by the automaker for similar problems.

Hyundai says that the connecting rod bearings, which allow rotation for the piston to move in and out of the cylinder, could prematurely wear out in these vehicles’ engines. This could result in a knocking sound from the engine, along with the illumination of an oil pressure warning light.

If the condition is not addressed, the engine could become damaged to the point where it will stall during operation, increasing the risk of a crash. In some cases the engine block could become damaged to the point of causing an oil leak onto hot engine surfaces, risking fire.

Drivers whose vehicles suffer from this condition may notice any one of these warning signs:

  • Abnormal (knocking) noise from the engine
  • Reduced engine power and/or hesitation
  • Illumination of the Check Engine warning light
  • Illumination of engine oil pressure warning light
  • A burning smell, oil leaking, and/or smoke

According to NHTSA documentation, Hyundai is aware of 45 fires that are related to this problem. There are no reports of crashes or injuries related to this recall.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Photo: Hyundai Photo: Hyundai

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 13,247 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids and 82,268 Hyundai Tucsons from the 2017 model year.

The problem: An internal engine part may prematurely wear out, causing the vehicle to stall or, in some cases, to catch fire.

The fix: Hyundai dealers will inspect the engine and, if bearing damage is found, replace the engine. In addition, dealers will install a software update. All of this will be done free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Hyundai is expected to notify owners by mail beginning November 12, 2021. Owners may contact customer service at 855-371-9460. 

NHTSA campaign number: 21V727. Hyundai’s internal number is 209.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.