United Press International (UPI) reported on two recalls involving South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai. The larger of the two recalls concerns the Hyundai Santa Fe, the automaker’s popular Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).
That recall includes 437,400 2013-2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs. The Santa Fe SUVs were recalled, because the secondary hood latch on the vehicles can corrode and bind, which can lead to them failing to latch when the hood is closed. If the secondary latch is unlatched while the hood is closed and the primary latch is accidentally released, the hood on the Santa Fe SUV could fly open while the vehicle is moving. So far, there have been no injuries or accidents reported as a result of the hood latch issue.
The other Hyundai recall affects over 160,000 of Hyundai’s 2015-2016 Genesis and Sonata models. The vehicles were recalled, because there’s a risk of their parking brake lights not working. Reportedly, the reason for the issue with the parking brake lights is because a switch connected to the lights has a corrosion problem. Other issues that can happen besides the parking brake lights not working include parking brake noise, acceleration problems and drag, smoke and smell from driving with the parking brake applied.
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