122,000-Plus Hyundai, Kia Vehicles Recalled for Fail-Safe Fail

122,000-Plus Hyundai, Kia Vehicles Recalled for Fail-Safe Fail Hyundai and related automaker Kia have issued recalls amounting to more than 122,000 affected vehicles. The problem relates to a “fail-safe” limited-motion motor setting caused by a malfunction of the oil pump.

Affected Hyundai vehicles include approximately 53,100 2021-22 Santa Fe SUVs, Sonata N sedan and hatchback Veloster N, and 2022 model year Santa Cruz SUVs, Elantra Inn and Kona Inn hatchbacks; Kias affected include about 69,000 model year 2021-22 Sorento SUV and 2021-23 K5 sedan. The fail-safe driving mode may be affected by a transmission oil pump malfunction, which could result in a loss of engine power and increase the risk of an accident.

To solve the problem, dealers will check and replace the transmission, as necessary, as well as update the transmission control unit software; As usual, repairs will be made free of charge. Hyundai will start notifying owners on December 5, Kia December 9; Those with more questions in the meantime can call Hyundai at 855-371-9460 (Hyundai’s number for this recall is 236), Kia at 800-333-4542 (Kia’s number for this recall is SC250), National Road Traffic Safety Administration vehicle Express – Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit to check in and learn more.

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