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Hyundai recalls 100,000 more cars after faulty engines could catch fire


FILE – This February 14, 2019 file photo shows the Hyundai logo on a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Hyundai is recalling nearly 100,000 Tucson and Sonata hybrids due to potential engine problems. (AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar, file)

(NEXSTAR) – Hyundai is recalling 95,515 other engines over fears that faulty parts could cause cars to stall or ignite.

The recall involves the 2017 Tucson and Sonata hybrids. The company has discovered that the connecting rod bearings inside the engine can wear prematurely, which could cause the engine to stall – risking an accident – or even increase the fire hazard.

Drivers who own the affected vehicles should take their car to a dealer, who will inspect the engine and replace it if any damage is found. Repairs will be carried out free of charge.

Hyundai plans to send notification letters to drivers whose cars are being recalled from November 12. You can also call Hyundai Customer Service at 1-855-371-9460 and reference Recall # 209.

The automaker recently recalled 390,000 other vehicles for various issues that increase the risk of fire. The biggest problem was with the Santa Fe Sport SUVs manufactured from 2013 to 2015. Hyundai discovered that these SUVs could have brake fluid leaking into the anti-lock brake computer, which could cause a short circuit and a fire. The problem has caused at least 18 fires, but no injuries, according to documents from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.