Hyundai Motor America Inc. has recalled more than 41,000 minivans over fears that the vehicles’ hood latches could corrode and cause the vehicles’ hoods to fly open while driving. The recall affects 41,264 model year 2007 and 2008 Hyundai Entourage minivans equipped with secondary hood latches that could remain in the open position even if the hood is closed, due to corrosion. If the vehicle’s hood is not closed properly, or if the primary hood latch is released while driving, it is possible the hood could open and obscure the driver’s view and increase the risk of a crash. To fix the issue, Hyundai will replace the latches free of charge to Entourage owners. The affected vehicles were either sold or registered mostly in Northern, cold weather states, including Alaska, Illinois, Maine and New York. The states at the southern end of the affected range are Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia. In total, the recall encompasses vehicles in 27 states and the District of Columbia.
For vehicles in any other state, Hyundai dealers will inspect the secondary latches and will either lubricate or, if necessary, replace the component. All new hood latches will incorporate an enhanced corrosion coating. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Hyundai said that it first discovered the issue in June when an Entourage owner in Pennsylvania notified the automaker of a hood latch detachment. Although Hyundai found no evidence of corrosion on the primary or secondary latch, it continued to investigate the issue, finding two incidents of corrosion on the secondary latches in September and October. The automaker decided to conduct the recall in early November. Hyundai said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue. Hyundai notified dealers of the recall in late November and started notifying Entourage owners Dec. 9.
The Entourage is not the only vehicle manufactured by the Korean automaker’s U.S. arm to have experienced hood latch problems. In June Hyundai recalled 81,000 model year 2016 Tucson SUVs. Hyundai unit Kia Motors America Inc. also recalled 220,000 model year 2006 to 2014 Kia Sedona minivans because of the same issue. Other automakers have also experienced hood latch issues, including Nissan North America Inc., which recalled more than 1 million Altima sedans to fix corrosion problems in three campaigns between 2015 and 2016.
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