Hyundai Australia is recalling thousands of vehicles over DCT errors

Hyundai Australia has issued a recall for 8466 vehicles across multiple model lines due to an issue with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) where drivers may experience a sudden loss of power.

“The software logic for ‘fail safe’ driving conditions was not set to respond properly when certain transmission oil pump faults are detected in the dual clutch transmission,” the company’s recall notice said.

“Loss of motive power when driving at high speed could increase the risk of an accident. This could potentially result in injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.”

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The following models are affected:

Santa Fe (TM)

  • 2020-2021 model year
  • Chassis number: KMHS*81HW*U280462 – KMHS*81HW*U435610
  • Year of construction: May 18, 2020-19. May 2022
  • Affected units: 5699

Kona N (OS)

  • 2021-2022 model year
  • Chassis number: KMHKH81CV*U000036 – KMHKH81CV*U003979
  • Year of manufacture: November 17, 2020 – March 28, 2022
  • Affected units: 274

i30 Sedan N (CN7)

  • 2021-2022 model year
  • Chassis number: KMHLW41KV*U000055 – KMHLW41KV*U005134
  • Year of manufacture: November 17, 2020 – March 28, 2022
  • Affected units: 353

i30 Hatch N (PD)

  • model year 2022
  • Chassis number: TMAH**1AVNJ009811 – TMAH**1AVNJ030000
  • Year of manufacture: 27 Oct 2021-21. Apr 2022
  • Affected Units: 1229

Sonata N Line (DN8)

  • model year 2020-2022,
  • Chassis number: KMHL441CV*A083294 – KMHL541CV*A222021
  • Year of manufacture: June 15, 2020 – April 21, 2022
  • Affected units: 911
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Hyundai Australia will be contacting affected owners and directing them to take their vehicle to their preferred dealer who will install a DCT software update to resolve the above issue.

This follows a recall of 61,861 vehicles in the US (as of October 2022) for the same issue across six model lines, including 2021-22 Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata, and Veloster N, as well as 2022 Elantra N, Kona N, and Santa Cruz. As a result, a stop sale was also implemented in North America.

Given that the Kia Sorento also offers the eight-speed DCT in diesel variants, we expect Kia Australia to issue a similar recall notice in due course. We have asked for further comments.

Stay tuned for the latest.

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