Curt Manufacturing, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is conducting a safety recall on certain 2009-2011 Hyundai Santa Fe and Veracruz and Kia Sorento crossover SUVs over concerns about a tow package wiring harness defect.
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Separate notices on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site list the potential number of affected Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles at 2,254 and 2,398 potentially affected Hyundai Veracruz and Kia Sorento vehicles.
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The notices identify part number 55538 for the Hyundai Santa Fe and part number 56024 for the Hyundai Veracruz and Kia Sorento. These parts connect tow vehicle lighting circuits sold for use on certain 2009-2011 model years of these vehicles.
At issue is that the units are not water tight and moisture can seep into the converter module, defeating the unit’s internal circuit protection. As a consequence, the module may overheat, possibly causing a fire.
Documents from Curt Manufacturing indicate that owners may see smoke from the module or a melted surface prior to a fire.
Curt Manufacturing will notify owners of all affected vehicles and will replace the tow package wiring harness at no charge. The Curt Manufacturing safety recall is expected to begin in October 2011.
In the meantime, owners of 2009-2011 Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Veracruz or Kia Sorento crossover SUVs with any questions may contact Curt Manufacturing at 1-715-831-8713.
Alternatively, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Refer to the NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11E040000 for 2009-2011 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles and NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11E041000 for 2009-2011 Hyundai Veracruz and Kia Sorento vehicles.