Connecting rod bearings in a car’s engine help the rods better connect the pistons to the crankshaft, so it’s important that the bearings aren’t worn or there’ll be bigger, costlier problems for owners. Hyundai has issued a recall for nearly 129,000 vehicles for this very reason, citing premature wear on connecting rod bearings.
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Affected vehicles include model-year 2012 Santa Fe SUVs, model-year 2011-13 and 2016 Sonata Hybrid sedans, and model-year 2015-16 Veloster coupes. Hyundai says the bearings’ premature wear can lead to a damaged engine that can increase the risk of a fire or cause a stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
To fix the issue, dealers will inspect the engine and, if bearing damage is found, the engine will be replaced. Dealers will also install a software update containing a new knock sensor detection system. All repairs will be done for free, and Hyundai will begin notifying owners Jan. 22. Owners can call the automaker at 855-371-9460, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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