Hyundai Motors America are recalling certain 2021-2022 Santa Fe SUVs and 2021-2022 Sonata cars equipped with 2.5L turbocharged engines. These vehicles could experience a fuel leak between the high-pressure fuel pump and the fuel rail.
According to the NHTSA defect report, in March 2021, Hyundai detected a condition of fuel odour on a newly assembled 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicle during a routine end of the line vehicle inspection. They immediately launched an investigation and confirmed vehicles with insufficient torque at the high-pressure pipe connections between the high-pressure fuel pump and the fuel rail. A review of production records determined that approximately 15,752 vehicles may contain the suspected defect. Hyundai's number for this recall is 207 and the NHTSA campaign number is 21V-524.
Also affected, approximately 21,575, 2021 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured from October 26, 2020 through June 8, 2021 and 2021-2022 Kia K5 vehicles manufactured from November 16, 2020 through May 12, 2021 equipped with 2.5L Turbocharged engines supplied by the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) engine plant. Kia's number for this recall is SC214 and the NHTSA campaign number is 21V-519.
A fuel pipe that has been installed with insufficient torque could allow fuel to leak at its connections, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire. Warning sings that a vehicle may be experiencing this problem include: fuel odour, smoke, burning/melting odour and an illuminated check engine light/malfunction indicator lamp.
Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their dealers to have the fuel pipe inspected, tightened and replaced as necessary.