Hyundai recalls 471,000 SUVs to a September U.S. recall due to an issue of an electrical short in a computer that may cause fires. The company has warned owners to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired.
This recall includes models of 2016 through 2018, and additional 2020 through 2021, Hyundai Tucson SUVs. These vehicles have antilock brake system computers that can malfunction internally and cause an electrical short resulting in a fire.
Tucson's loaded with Hyundai's Smart Cruise Control feature are not being recalled.
On Friday, Hyundai said the recall is a part of an investigation into the problem. The company said they reported a dozen fires but no injuries have been reported so far.
Owners will be notified in late February to take their SUVs to a dealer, which will replace a fuse on the computer. They can key in their vehicle identification number at http:www.hyundaiUSA.com/recalls to see if their vehicles are affected.
In September, the South Korean automaker recalled about 180,000 Tucson SUVs in the U.S. from 2019 through 2021 to fix the same problem. The company says corrosion can cause a short circuit in defective anti-lock brake circuit boards that can cause a fire even if engines are off.