Hyundai to Recall Nearly 40,000 Vehicles Due to Software Error That Can Lead to Unintended Acceleration

Hyundai is issuing a recall for approximately 40,000 Elantra HEV vehicles due to a software glitch that has the potential to trigger unintended acceleration upon releasing the brake pedal, thereby heightening the risk of a potential collision.

The recall from Hyundai encompasses specific 2021-2023 Elantra HEV models, totaling 37,997 vehicles, according to an official report dated Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

For individuals seeking information about this recall, they can refer to USA TODAY’s automotive recall database or explore NHTSA’s own database for updates on new recalls. The NHTSA website also provides the option to search for recalls linked to your unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).


In order to address this issue, Hyundai will be dispatching notification letters to affected vehicle owners by October 17. Owners can then take their vehicles to Hyundai dealerships, where they will receive a complimentary update to the motor control unit software, as indicated by the NHTSA.

Concerned vehicle owners can reach out to Hyundai’s customer service at 1-855-371-9460. The recall reference number assigned to this action is 248.

The specific models subject to this Hyundai recall include:

  • 2021-2023 Elantra HEV

Notably, in the previous week, several other automobile manufacturers, including Ford, Kia, Nissan, and Chrysler, recalled almost 660,000 vehicles due to various concerns.

In another recent instance this month, Hyundai recalled 52,008 vehicles, encompassing the 2023-2024 Palisade SUVs, as well as the 2023 models of Tucson, Sonata, Elantra, and Kona. This recall was reported by NHTSA.

Affected vehicle owners will be sent notification letters by September 25. Hyundai is offering customers the opportunity to have their vehicles examined and receive replacements free of charge at Hyundai dealerships. As a precaution, the NHTSA has advised owners to park these vehicles outside and away from structures until the recall repair is finalized, due to the possibility of damaged electrical components in the electronic controller for the Idle Stop & Go oil pump assembly, which could lead to pump overheating.

The vehicles recalled under this separate Hyundai action include:

  • 2023 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2023 Hyundai Kona
  • 2023 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2023 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2023-2024 Hyundai Palisade
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