Hyundai Recalls Vehicles with Tire Inflator Kits Because of Fire Risk
Hyundai is issuing an auto defect recall for more than 270,000 cars from the 2011 to 2012 model years to address a risk of fire from an overheated accessory power outlet, the 12-volt port that was commonly used as a cigarette lighter. According to Consumer Reports, the Accent, Elantra, Sonata Hybrid and Veloster are involved in this recall.
Details of the Recall
These vehicles are equipped with a tire mobility kit, which combines the tire sealant and a portable air compressor for repairing flat tires. These kits are good for simple tire tread punctures but don’t have the ability to repair large holes of damage to the sidewalk. They are typically fitted into vehicles instead of a spare tire.
Hyundai said the problem could arise when the inflator is plugged into the 12-volt power outlet. Some outlets may not have been installed correctly disabling a thermal fuse designed to safeguard against the overheating. Hyundai says the accessory power ports may have been installed using too much torque. As a result, the thermal fuse designed to prevent overheating might not provide the intended protection.
Without this safeguard, there is the risk of a vehicle fire. Hyundai says it has not received any reports of injuries as a result of this issue. The automaker recommends that owners follow the instructions in their owners’ manual before using an aftermarket device in the 12-volt accessory port. Hyundai is still in the process of developing a fix for dealerships to implement. The recall is expected to begin Aug. 28th. When the recall begins, dealers will install the fix free of charge. For now, the automaker says owners should not use the tire mobility kit air compressor until the recall remedy has been completed.
What to Do If Your Vehicle is Recalled?
You can find out if your vehicle has been recalled by checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) web site, and entering your Vehicle Identification Number or VIN. If your vehicle is part of a recall, the first step is to make sure you read the recall letter, which describes the safety issue, the risks it poses and any warning signs you should know about. The letter should also provide instructions about scheduling a time to have your vehicle repaired at a local dealership.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of the vehicle defect, it is important that you contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who can help you seek maximum compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you have suffered. You may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.