Cars could go into neutral after failed soldering causes an oil pump malfunction.
Hyundai Motor models, including the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Elantra N, have been recalled for an oil pump issue. The recall, filed with the NHTSA, became public this week. In total, eight models and more than 130,00 cars have been recalled. Those models are as follows: 2021-2022 Santa Fe, Sonata, Veloster N, Kia K5, and Sorento. The 2022 Elantra N, Kona N, and Santa Cruz have also been recalled.
Recently, the Palisade and Telluride were also recalled for a fire risk on the heels of a $50M investment in a new safety facility from the group. Per the NHTSA, the recall states that an issue with the circuit board that controls the oil pump could cause the pump to malfunction, causing a range of problems. If the issue occurs, you'll need a new transmission and an update to the unit's software.
Note that this issue only affects vehicles with the group's 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A shoddy soldering job on the circuit board could allow components on the board to detach. If that happens, the NHTSA says that warning lights, a chime, and a warning stating "stop safely immediately" will occur. Additionally, vehicles will enter a limp mode to prevent further damage to the transmission or the car's electronics.
However, if you get this warning, you don't have the luxury of "stopping safely immediately." Instead, you have roughly 20-30 seconds to get to the side of the road before the car's clutches disengage, leaving you in neutral and coasting down the road.
In total, 53,142 Hyundais in the US have been recalled, with a further 8,719 in Canada. 69,038 Kias are also part of the recall, as we said above. A massive 65,612 of them are Sorentos. That brings the total to 130,899 cars recalled. Thankfully, the NHTSA and the Hyundai Motor Company believe that only 1% of vehicles could suffer from the fault.
Owner notification letters will be sent out in December, or you can contact Hyundai's customer service at 855-371-9460 and use the internal recall number, 236, to see if your vehicle is affected. As ever, owners can also call the NHTSA hotline.