The Hyundai driver had “no idea” his car was part of an urgent recall when it suddenly caught fire


The Hyundai driver had “no idea” her car was part of an urgent recall before she and her elderly grandparents barely escaped when it suddenly caught fire

  • Sydney’s mother was driving her Hyundai ix35 when it caught fire
  • Jessica Wynne’s grandparents were rescued when flames emerged
  • A failure of the ABS braking system can cause a fire on some Hyundai models
  • Several Hyundais and also Kia are now subject to a class action lawsuit

A Sydney Mum had “no idea” her car was getting an urgent recall when it suddenly burst into flames while she was driving around with her family Christmas Day.

Jessica Wynne’s 2015 Hyundai ix35 stopped without warning after picking up her grandparents from a nursing home on December 25.

As she tried to start it, a passerby stopped to warn that her flames were coming out from under the hood.

He said she and everyone in the car had to get out – right away.

Jessica Wynne's 2015 Hyundai ix35 stopped without warning after picking up her grandparents from a nursing home on December 25

Jessica Wynne’s 2015 Hyundai ix35 stopped without warning after picking up her grandparents from a nursing home on December 25

Luckily, a passerby stopped to warn her flames were coming out from under the hood and she had to get out of her car immediately

Luckily, a passerby stopped to warn her flames were coming out from under the hood and she had to get out of her car immediately

The Good Samaritan also helped pull Mrs Wynne’s elderly grandparents from the burning vehicle.

“We got their walkers out of the car and then just watched the flames get higher and higher. It was crazy,” Ms Wynne said 9News.

“I found out afterwards that my car was affected by the recall because spontaneous fires could occur,” she later wrote on a Facebook page for Hyundai owners affected by engine failures.

Ms Wynne had no idea her Hyundai ix35 had a dangerous fault in the ABS braking system that caused it to catch fire

Ms Wynne had no idea her Hyundai ix35 had a dangerous fault in the ABS braking system that caused it to catch fire

Law firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has filed a class action lawsuit against Hyundai in Victoria's High Court and is preparing a similar case against another Korean auto giant, Kia

Law firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has filed a class action lawsuit against Hyundai in Victoria’s High Court and is preparing a similar case against another Korean auto giant, Kia

An urgent recall notice was issued for the ix35 on December 7, stating that a possible short in the ABS braking system could cause a fire “even with the vehicle off.”

“I had no idea about the recall until the fire happened. I have not received a letter or email,” Ms Wynne wrote on the Hyundai owners’ Facebook page.

“I have contacted Hyundai and given them every little bit of information about the car but now when I call for an update they just don’t answer my call or call me back.”

Hyundai has minimal information about vehicle recalls available on its website. The car company encourages owners to enter their vehicle identification number (VIN). a page on his website ‘to see if your car is affected by a recall’.

“I want compensation as it’s just not good enough,” Ms Wynne said of the potentially life-threatening fire in her car.

She had trouble “to even get a call back” from the South Korean car company’s representatives in Australia.

Hyundai and Kia models at risk of ABS-related fire

HYUNDAI MODELS

ix35 (2014-2015)

ix35EL (2014-2015)

Genesis G70/G80 (2018)

Genesis (2014-2017)Ò

Tucson (2014-2020)

Santa Fe (2015-2018)

KIA MODELS

Sportage (2016-2019)

Stinger (2016-2019).

Source: Maurice Blackburn

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If they replied, it just says “We don’t have an update”.

“It’s not acceptable, not good enough,” she told 9News

The ix35 isn’t the only Hyundai with problems serious enough to expose people to serious injury or worse.

Consumer group handlemycomlaint has received 180 complaints about Hyundai vehicles and has helped prepare a class action lawsuit against the automaker

Law firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has filed a class action lawsuit against Hyundai in Victoria’s High Court and is preparing a similar case against another Korean auto giant, Kia.

Both relate to the risk of fire from faults in the ABS braking system.

“A vehicle fire can cause injury or death to vehicle occupants and bystanders, and property damage to nearby homes or other combustible structures and buildings.”

The law firm warned vehicle owners to park affected Hyundais and Kia’s “outside in open areas and away from homes, other buildings or materials that might be flammable, such as garages or carports.”

It claimed six Hyundai models and two Kias were at risk due to the defect in the ABS braking system

An urgent recall was also issued for the Hyundai Santa Fe on December 7 due to a dangerous seat belt failure during manufacture.

In an accident, “metal splinters could be thrown at the vehicle occupants at high speed and cause serious injuries”.

handlemycomplaint’s Jo Ucukalo said other models are at risk of “catastrophic engine failure” where the brakes “get stiff” and the power steering stops working.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Hyundai for comment



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