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2013 Hyundai Veloster recalled because of potential engine fire

Hyundai Australia is recalling more than 5000 2013 Hyundai Veloster models because of a software issue that could potentially result in an engine fire.

Hyundai Australia is recalling 5171 2013 Hyundai Veloster models because of a software issue with the engine management unit (ECU) that could cause premature ignition (explanation below). Hyundai has warned this could lead to “the engine stalling and with the possibility of a fire”.

“If the engine suddenly stalls when the vehicle is at high speed, this can increase the risk of a crash or a fire, with risk of injury to vehicle occupants and other road users,” Hyundai said in a recall notice.

Hyundai is encouraging owners to contact their nearest Hyundai dealership to have the recall work completed free of charge.

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So, what is preignition? This is when the fuel mixture in the cylinder combusts before the ‘spark event’ because of a hot spot in the cylinder which if the preignition continues can lead to engine damage. Preignition is a rare event in modern cars with electronic fuel injection but a software issue, as is the case with Hyundai, could cause damage.

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.