More than 93,000 cars have been recalled over fears the engine could spontaneously burst into flames – even when the car is off.
A manufacturing error has been detected in 93,572 Hyundai Tuscons sold from November 2014 to November 2020, which could potentially result in death.
An electronic control circuit board in the Anti-Lock Braking System has been found to short circuit when the components are exposed to moisture.
Product Safety Australia said in a statement there is a risk of an engine compartment fire, even when the car is turned off, as the circuit is constantly powered.
“This could increase the risk of an accident, serious injury or death to vehicle occupants, other road users and bystanders, and/or damage to property,” the statement said.
“The short circuit does not affect the functioning of the brake system.”
Anyone with the car has been told to park it in an open space away from flammable materials and structures, like a garage.
“Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Hyundai Motor Company Australia and asked to contact an authorised Hyundai dealership to have a relay kit installed on the circuit board,” the statement said.
“This prevents the power surge and eliminates the risk of fire.”