Hyundai is recalling approximately 125,800 model-year 2019-20 Elantra sedans and model-year 2019-21 Kona SUVs and Veloster coupes equipped with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines due to an issue with the piston rings. The engines may have been assembled with inconsistently heat-treated piston oil rings that could lead to the engine seizing and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash. Also, a seized engine could cause a connecting rod to puncture the engine block, causing oil to leak and increasing the risk of a fire.
Hyundai will begin notifying owners on June 25. Owners can call the automaker at 855-371-9460 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
To fix the problem, dealers will inspect and replace the engine, if necessary. Additionally, all vehicles will have the engine control software updated.
Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.
Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.