Hyundai Veloster Recalled Because Parking Sensors Can Start Fire


Hyundai is recalling more than 26,000 Velosters built between 2012 and 2013 over concerns that their parking sensors could short out, increasing the risk of a fire.

A recall posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website says a “highly conductive fluid” could leak into the Veloster’s reverse parking sensor module, shorting out the system and posing a fire risk.

A total of 26,169 Velosters built between 2012 and 2013 are affected, the recall says. While there are no reports of crashes or injuries, Hyundai has received five reports of fires related to the problem, according to Consumer Reports.

Fortunately, there is already a solution in place. Dealers will replace the reverse parking assist sensor fuse free of charge in affected vehicles. Owners are expected to receive notices warning them of the problem on April 29. If you think your car may be affected, go to the NHTSA’s website and enter your VIN.

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