Hyundai Motor has recalled around 180,000 SUVs in the US due to defective anti lock brake circuit boards which it said could cause fires. Kia is also recalling a model.

This was the second US recall by Hyundai this month, after regulators said that the automaker and sister company Kia Motors were recalling more than 600,000 vehicles, combined, in the US and Canada to fix a brake fluid leak that had caused engine fires. 

For this latest recall, the South Korean automaker told US owners of its Tucson SUVs to park outdoors after reports a dozen or so fires had been caused by the defective circuit board.

The company confirmed that corrosion in defective anti lock braking circuit boards can cause short circuits, even with the engine switched off, which can cause fires. The recall affects 2019, 2020 and 2021 model year Tucsons. The model line was redesigned for 2022.

The NHTSA said Kia was recalling 9,443 2019 Stinger vehicles with the 3.3-litre T-GDI engines. “While driving, an engine compartment fire may occur in the area where the Anti-lock Brake Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) is located,” the regulator said, adding: “The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin on 26 October, 2020.”

Hyundai reported earlier it delivered 688,771 vehicles to US dealers in 2019, including 137,381 Tucsons.

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