Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 21,000 crossovers from the 2011 model year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may be equipped with poorly made transmission fluid cooler hoses, which could cause transmission fluid to leak and potentially bring vehicles to a halt.
The hoses were manufactured by South Korean supplier SHB Co., Ltd. Problems with those hoses were first identified by Hyundai in September of 2011. Monitoring and testing determined that hoses manufactured between August 2010 and October 2010 may not have been properly cured, increasing the odds that they may rupture. At least 108 warranty claims have been filed in conjunction with the problem.
The recall affects vehicles manufactured during the following periods:
- 2011 Hyundai Tucson vehicles built between July 22, 2010 and October 31, 2010
- 2011 Kia Forte vehicles built between August 27, 2010 and November 11, 2010
The recall affects 11,176 Hyundai vehicles registered in the U.S. and 10,240 Kias.
Hyundai and Kia plan to notify owners about the recalls by the end of March 2016. Recall notices will ask owners to schedule service with their local dealer, who will replace the transmission cooler hose at no charge charge.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151 and ask about recall #139, or call Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and inquire about recall SC129. You can also contact NHTSA directly at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaigns #16V057000 (Hyundai) and #16V070000 (Kia).