Hyundai has recalled more than 44,000 SUVs in the U.S. because they’re at risk of catching on fire even when turned off.
The Korean automaker is also advising owners of the 2018 Santa Fe Sport models to park outdoors and away from other vehicles and structures until the computer problem is fixed. The computers that control the antilock brakes can cause electrical shortages that develop into fires.
Hyundai dealers will fix the problem for free. Hyundai will also reimburse out-of-pocket costs to owners of the recalled vehicles.
Hyundai expects to mail recall notices to affected Sante Fe Sport owners beginning Dec. 26.
Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
The 2018 Sante Fe Sport model was not included in Hyundai’s February recall, which impacted over 350,000 vehicles with the same electrical problem.
The initial recall included 2016-2018 Santa Fe, 2019 Santa Fe XL, and 2014-2015 Tucson vehicles.