Hyundai has issued two recalls in recent days that cover more than 166,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. Select 2015 Hyundai Genesis models are being recalled to replace faulty tires, while the 2011 and 2012 Hyundai Elantra suffers from a problem with its electronic stability control system.
RECALL #1: 2015 Hyundai Genesis
UNITS AFFECTED: 11,142
This recall affects Genesis vehicles that came equipped with Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 tires. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those tires can be prone to cracks in their sidewalls, which can sometimes lead to rapid deflation. Depending on the rate of air loss in the tires, motorists may have trouble controlling their vehicles, increasing the risk of accidents.
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The recall is limited to cars built between March 3, 2014 and February 9, 2015. Hyundai will mail notices to owners of those vehicles around February 19, 2016. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their cars to Hyundai dealers, who will replace the Genesis' tires at no charge.
If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Hyundai customer service at 855-671-3059 and ask about recall #138. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #15V864000.
RECALL #2: 2011-2012 Hyundai Elantra
UNITS AFFECTED: 155,000
This recall stems from a problem with the Elantra's electronic stability control sensor. NHTSA says that a sensor malfunction could cause the system to apply brakes unexpectedly and reduce power to the engine. That, in turn, can make the vehicle much harder to control, boosting the risk of a collision.
The recall is limited to Elantra models built between October 29, 2010 and October 25, 2011. Hyundai expects to mail recall notices around February 19, 2016, asking owners to take their vehicles to dealerships for inspection. Dealers will ensure that the Elantra's electronic stability control system is working properly and update the system's calibration at no charge.
Questions? Call Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151 (a different number than given for the Genesis recall above) and ask about recall #137. If you prefer, you can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V871000.