Hyundai Recalls: A Complete Guide to 2023's Safety Alerts and Fixes

Hyundai Recalls 2023

Hyundai, one of the top global automotive manufacturers, faced significant challenges in 2023 with an extensive series of vehicle recalls.

We explore the specifics of these recalls, encompassing a wide range of models and addressing various safety concerns.

Will will also explore how the Lemon Law can help Hyundai owners who are tired of dealing with their new car defects and are looking to get a refund or replacement vehicle

Overview of Hyundai’s Recall Challenges in 2023

In 2023, Hyundai Motor Company faced a significant challenge with a series of recalls affecting over 2.6 million vehicles worldwide.

These recalls spanned across various models, including the Santa Fe, Tucson, and the luxury Genesis line, each presenting unique safety issues.

From fuel tank defects, and a defective ABS module, to potential seat belt pre-tensioner explosions, Hyundai’s recalls in 2023 touched on critical safety components, reflecting both the complexity and the breadth of the challenges faced by the automaker.

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January Recalls: Fuel Tank and Roof Molding Concerns

  • Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid (Jan. 25)
    • Affected Vehicles: 326 units of the 2022 model
    • Issue: Incorrect molding of fuel tanks, posing a risk of fuel leakage
  • Tucson and Santa Cruz (Jan. 31)
    • Affected Vehicles: 16,104 units of 2022 Tucson and 2022-2023 Santa Cruz
    • Issue: Detachment of roof moldings
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February Recalls: Genesis Brand and Seat Belt Pretensioners

  • Genesis Models (Feb. 16)
    • Affected Vehicles: 65,517 units, including 2020-2023 Genesis GV80, 2021-2023 Genesis G80, 2022-2023 Genesis GV70, and 2023 Genesis GV60
    • Issue: Risk of seat belt pretensioners exploding in a crash

Veloster Recall: Electrical Short Circuit Risk

  • Veloster (Feb. 28)
    • Affected Vehicles: 26,169 units of 2012-2013 models
    • Issue: Potential for an electrical short circuit due to liquid leakage into the Reverse Park Aid Sensor (RPAS)
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March Recalls: Tow Hitch Harness and Windshield Wiper Motor Issues

Santa Fe Series and Santa Cruz (March 17)

    • Affected Vehicles: 584,784 units, including 2019-2023 Santa Fe, 2021-2023 Santa Fe HEV, 2022-2023 Santa Fe Plug-in HEV, and Santa Cruz
    • Issue: Water accumulation on tow hitch harness module causing potential fires

Palisade (March 17 & June 8)

    • Affected Vehicles: 167,085 units (March 17) and 322 units (June 8) of 2021-2023 and 2023 models respectively
    • Issues: Ineffective windshield wiper motors in snowy or icy conditions; faulty brake booster diaphragm leading to potential crashes Genesis G90 and GV60: Various Safety Concerns

Genesis G90 (March 28) and GV60 (April 26 & Aug. 4)

  • Affected Vehicles: 575 units of 2023 G90; 1,790 units of 2023 GV60
  • Issues: Risk of seat belt pretensioners exploding; driveshaft breakage; non-compliance with crash protection and seat belt assemblies standards
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April Hyundai Recalls

In April 2023, Hyundai Motor America issued a recall for certain 2023 Genesis GV60 vehicles, specifically those equipped with an all-wheel drive powertrain system.

This recall, identified under NHTSA Campaign Number 23V300000, was initiated due to a potential issue with the vehicle’s rear driveshafts.

It was found that these driveshafts might fracture, leading to a loss of drive power and increasing the risk of a crash.

The total number of units potentially affected by this recall is estimated to be 1,790.

May Recalls

The NHTSA did not issue any recalls in May for Hyundai Vehicles. 

June 2023 Recall

On June 8, 2023, Hyundai issued a recall for 322 units of the 2023 Palisade model NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V-415.

The recall was prompted by a potential issue with the brake booster diaphragm in these vehicles.

The fault could lead to an internal vacuum leak, significantly increasing the risk of a crash, as detailed in the NHTSA report.

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July 2023 Recalls 

Hyundai announced a recall on July 27, 2023, affecting a total of 52,109 vehicles.

This recall encompassed certain 2023-2024 Palisade Tucson models, as well as the 2023 Sonata, Elantra, and Kona vehicles.

The cause of the recall was identified as a malfunction in the Idle Stop & Go oil pump’s electronic controller.

Some parts of the pump controller were prone to breaking, potentially causing the controller to overheat, as reported by the NHTSA.

August 2023 Hyundai Recalls

In August 2023, Hyundai Motor America recalled a number of their vehicles. Find the detail below:

August 4, 2023

(30) 2024 Tuscson vehicles were recalled because they failed to comply the tire and rims selection.

(168) 2023 Genesis GV60 vehicles were recalled because the cars did not comply with the federal crash protection and seat belt assembly requirements.

August 18, 2023

(37,997) 2021-2023 Hyundai Elantra HEV vehicles tended to accelerate after the brake was released due to a faulty motor control unit because of a software error.

August 25, 2023

(63) 2024 Hyundai Palisade vehicles with premium suede seats could fail detecting a occupant on the passenger side and not activate the air bags.

September 2023 Recalls

September 2023 was a busy month for Hyundai and their recalls. 

September 11, 2023

(19,272) 2021-2022 Genesis G80, GV80 and 2022 Genesis had a faulty fuel pump.

September 22, 2023

(1,642,551) Hyundai vehicles of various models were recalled for a faulty ABS. The models affected include:

2011-2015 Elantra, Genesis coupe and Sonata Hybrid.

2012-2015 Accent, Azera and Veloster

2013-2015 Elantra Coupe, Santa Fe

2014-2015 Equus

2010-2012 Veracruz

2010-2013 Tucson and 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell

2013 Santa Fe Sport

The 2024 Koha rear seatbelts were reported not working properly and 2,354 vehicles were recalled.

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October 2023 Recalls

The NHTSA did not issue any recalls in October for Hyundai Vehicles. 

November 2023 Recalls

The NHTSA did not issue any recalls in November for Hyundai Vehicles. 


December 2023 Recalls

The NHTSA did not issue any recalls in December for Hyundai Vehicles. 

Hyundai Recall and The Lemon Law

In 2023, Hyundai faced a challenging year with multiple recalls affecting a wide range of models.

These recalls, while significant in scope, highlight Hyundai’s commitment to rectifying issues promptly and ensuring the safety of its customers.

Part of taking care of their customers is their Hyundai Buyback option but owners are leaning more and more to the Lemon Law to get a refund or replacement vehicle. 

Both options are solid but make sure to check each state’s law regarding replacement vehicles. Some jurisdictions will only offer the buyback option. 

Call us at (323)798-9554 for a free consultation and to find a Lemon Law attorney near you. 

FAQs on 2023 Hyundai Recalls

Hyundai has recalled over 2.6 million vehicles in 2023, covering a wide range of models including the Palisade, Tucson, Sonata, Elantra, and Kona for various safety concerns such as brake booster diaphragm faults and electronic controller issues.

In September 2023, Hyundai and Kia recalled a combined 3.37 million vehicles in the United States owing to fire risks. This action was taken due to concerns about electrical shorts from brake fluid leaks, which could lead to engine fires. Additionally, Hyundai has had to issue recalls for more than 570,000 vehicles in March 2023, urging owners to park their vehicles outside to mitigate fire risks

Hyundai notifies vehicle owners of recalls through mailed letters. For example, owner notification letters were sent out for the Genesis GV60 recall in June 2023. Owners can also check for recalls by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on Hyundai’s recall website.

If your Hyundai vehicle is affected by a recall, you should schedule a service appointment with a Hyundai dealer. The dealer will inspect and repair your vehicle free of charge. It’s important to address recall issues promptly to ensure your vehicle’s safety and reliability.

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