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Recall 08E016000

Trailer Towing Wiring May Short Circuit and Overheat

Recall Details

The trailer towing wiring harness module may short circuit and overheat. This may cause a fire hazard and damage the rear bumper cover. Dealers will replace the wiring harness. The Hyundai recall number is 082. This recall began on March 31, 2008.

Our Quick Take

The trailer towing package on this vehicle is equipped with a wiring harness to provide lighting to a trailer. A module that works with this harness is mounted to the rear bumper reinforcement. This module can short circuit and overheat, causing damage to the bumper cover as well as the wiring harness and module. 

What Should You Do?

Please contact your Hyundai dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Body, Interior & Misc., March 31, 2008

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 31, 2008
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
3,387
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
08E016000
Component
TRAILER HITCHES
Summary
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 3,387 TRAILER HITCH WIRING HARNESSES EITHER INCLUDED WITH A TRAILER HITCH OR SOLD AS A SERVICE PART MANUFACTURED BY THULE TOWING SYSTEMS AND DISTRIBUTED BY HYUNDAI FOR INSTALLATION ON MY 2007-2008 SANTA FE AND VERACRUZ VEHICLES. THE ACCESSORY TRAILER HITCH WIRING HARNESS CONVERTER MODULE IS MOUNTED TO THE TOP SURFACE OF THE REAR BUMPER REINFORCEMENT. HIGH CURRENT LEAKAGE OR A SHORT CIRCUIT OF CAPACITOR C1 COULD CAUSE HEAT RELATED DAMAGE TO THE WIRING HARNESS CONVERTER MODULE.
Consequence
EXCESSIVE HEAT MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE REAR BUMPER AREA AND MAY POTENTIALLY RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy
HYUNDAI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND WILL REPLACE THE TRAILER HITCH WIRING HARNESS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 31, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
Notify
HYUNDAI RECALL NUMBER 082.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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