Legally reviewed by: Jessica Anvar Stotz, JD, MBA

Hyundai has announced a recall affecting over 90,000 Genesis vehicles, cautioning owners to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures until necessary repairs are completed. The Genesis Fire Recall encompasses specific models, including the 2015-2016 Genesis, 2017-2019 Genesis G80, Genesis G90, and 2019 Genesis G70 vehicles.

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Recall InformationDetails
ManufacturerHyundai Motor America
Submission DateFebruary 13, 2024
NHTSA Recall Number24V-107
Recall No.254 (H), 018G (G)
Owner Notification DateApril 13, 2024

As highlighted in a notification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall stems from the potential infiltration of water into the starter solenoid, which could precipitate an electrical short circuit, leading to engine compartment fires—whether during vehicle operation or while parked.

Symptoms that drivers of affected vehicles may encounter include smoke emerging from the engine compartment, a burning or melting odor, and difficulties starting the engine.

This recall represents the most recent in a series of fire-related recalls involving Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis vehicles—each operating under the same corporate parentage. Notably, Genesis serves as Hyundai’s luxury brand, while Hyundai maintains the largest share in Kia Motors. Given this interconnectedness, it’s common for these brands to share both parts and design elements.

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    Genesis Fire Hazard

    The starter solenoid issue arises when vehicles are driven in flooded or excessively wet conditions, allowing water to penetrate the starter solenoid, a crucial part of the ignition system. This can cause an electrical short circuit, leading to a fire in the engine compartment.

    Hyundai has acknowledged twelve “thermal incidents” related to starters occurring in the U.S. between September 29, 2017, and July 9, 2023. These incidents typically involve smoke, component melting, or fires. Although the exact number of fires wasn’t specified, there have been no reported crashes or injuries. Notification letters will be sent to affected owners by April 13.

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    Here is what falls under the Genesis Starter Solenoid Recall

    The recall includes the following vehicles:

    • Hyundai Genesis (2015-2016)
    • Genesis G80 (2017-2019)
    • Genesis G90 (2017-2019)
    • Genesis G70 (2019)

    If you own any of these vehicles, we highly advise taking appropriate action to address the recall and ensure the safety and performance of your vehicle. Contact your nearest Hyundai dealership or refer to the notification letter for instructions on scheduling a remedy appointment.

    Here is what does not fall under the Genesis Starter Solenoid Recall

    While the recall addresses specific issues related to the starter solenoid, it’s essential to note that not all vehicle problems are covered. For instance, if your vehicle exhibits symptoms related to the starter solenoid, but is not included in the affected models or years, it would not fall under the recall.

    We recommend staying informed about your vehicle’s status regarding recalls. You can easily determine if your vehicle is affected by visiting the NHTSA’s website and inputting your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). If no recall appears, it means your vehicle is not currently affected by the starter solenoid recall.

    Please note however, that just because there are no open recalls on your vehicle now does not mean it won’t have any in the future. Automakers frequently issue recalls for various reasons, so it is wise to check back regularly for updates.

    Additionally, regular maintenance and attention to other potential issues beyond the scope of the recall are essential for the overall safety and performance of your Hyundai Genesis. If you notice any unusual symptoms or experience problems with your vehicle, we advise consulting with a qualified mechanic for proper diagnosis and repair.

    What is the fix for the Genesis Fire Recall?

    Owners of the affected vehicles can continue to drive their vehicles; however, Hyundai strongly advises parking these vehicles outside and away from structures until the recall remedy fix is completed. The remedy consists of dealers installing a relay kit in the engine junction box, and there will be no charge to the owner for this service.

    Notification letters informing owners of the recall will be dispatched on or by April 13, 2024. For further assistance, owners can contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. The recall identification numbers for Hyundai are 254(H) and 018G(G).

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