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Hyundai recalls 20,000 Velosters for engine defects

Hyundai Motor Co. has issued yet another safety recall to fix potentially defective engines that could fail or catch fire.

The Korean automaker is recalling about 20,000 Veloster vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because fuel can prematurely ignite in cylinders around the pistons. That can cause excessive pressure and damage the engine, increasing the risk of a fire or engine stall, according to Hyundai Motor Co.

The recall covers certain 2013 Veloster vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter turbo engines.

During a January 2019 review of engine manufacturing and design change history, Hyundai found that a software update for 2014 model-year Velosters onward revised the ignition logic to reduce piston noise in the engine.

In February 2019, the automaker concluded that the software for 2013 Veloster vehicles could be more susceptible to causing premature ignition than 2014 models.
Hyundai said is not aware of any related accidents or injuries.

Dealers will install updated software. Owners will be notified starting May 13.

Hyundai and sibling automaker Kia Motors Corp. have recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles since 2015 to address various engine fires in a series of recalls.

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