Hyundai recalls thousands of SUVs Tucson due to fire risk also in Europe (week 12/21)


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This week recalls:
– Hyundai Tucson – ABS, fire
– Citroen, Opel, Peugeot – the trailer hitch
– Kia – the brake booster
– Mercedes GLE – the left-rear light


Seven recalls of seven manufacturers were issued for seven models in the 12th week of 2021 through the Rapex system. Citroën, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, and Peugeot announced one recall each.

Hyundai has had ABS problems with the Tucson SUV for several months. In the United States, nearly 800,000 cars manufactured in South Korea between May 2015 and November 2020 are being recalled due to fire risk. The carmaker even warned owners to park their cars outside and away from structures until repairs can be made. Moisture can penetrate the ABS module, which can cause a short circuit with the risk of a fire in the engine compartment even when the vehicle is parked.

Until now, the problem didn’t seem to concern Tucsons made in Europe. However, the new report in the Rapex system lists the Czech Republic as the country of origin. “This is not the current Tucson (NX4), but the previous model (TLe),” Hyundai Motor Czech spokesman told us when asked. “Globally, the recall concerns approximately 694,000 vehicles. This is a precautionary and voluntary measure,” he added. According to our information, 117,438 Tucsons are being recalled in the UK due to the ABS issue – see our sister site car-recalls.co.uk.

Vehicles manufactured in the Czech Republic between February 2017 to August 2020, range VIN TMAJ2813MLJ000000 ~ TMAJ2813MLJ997665, TMAJ2817ALJ000007 ~ TMAJ3817GLJ179856 may be affected. The Company recall code is 11DC03 or 01D072.



For the same reason, the sister brands’ 2018-2019 Kia Stinger was recently recalled. In addition, Kia recalls this week almost 17,000 Kia Soul models manufactured from April 2018 to November 2020. Faulty software can lead to limited brake booster function.

The trailer hitch at Stellantis Group

With the related SUVs Citroën C5 Aircross, Opel Grandland and Peugeot 3008, the trailer hitch may be defective. As a result, the trailer may become detached inadvertently, increasing the risk of an accident. In total, almost 6,000 vehicles manufactured between September to December 2020 (Opel) and December 2020 (Citroën, Peugeot) may have problems.

With the Mercedes GLE (2019 – 2020), functional failure can occur in the left-rear light control unit due to vibrations, while with Jeep Wrangler (2020 – 2021), the brake system module may contain a software error.

See the table below for all the recalls from this week.


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Recalls announced in the 12th week of 2021

Make, Model (years) Problem
Citroen C5 Aircross (2020) The trailer hitch may be defective.
Hyundai Tucson (2017 – 2020) The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) modules may malfunction internally.
Jeep Wrangler (2020 – 2021) The brake system module may contain a software error.
Kia Soul (2018 – 2020) Defective software may impair the functioning of the brake booster.
Mercedes-Benz GLE (2019 – 2020) Functional failure can occur in the left-rear light control unit due to vibrations.
Opel Grandland (2020) The trailer hitch may be defective.
Peugeot 3008 (2020) The trailer hitch may be defective.

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