Hyundai has just announced a recall for more than 95,500 model-year 2017 examples of its Sonata Hybrid sedan and Tucson compact SUV. The culprits are connecting rod bearings, the second such recall of this size that the South Korean automaker has issued in 10 months.
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Con-rod bearings help the rods better connect the pistons to the crankshaft. Premature wear can result in engine damage, higher risk of fire and potential vehicle stalls, increasing the risk of a crash.
As for a fix, dealers will inspect the engine; 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 performed for free. Hyundai will begin notifying owners Nov. 12, but those with additional questions can call the automaker at 855-371-9460, or visit NHTSA’s website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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