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Hyundai Recalls Nearly 88K Cars Due to Fire Risk

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Jan. 24, 2018—Hyundai is recalling nearly 88,000 cars in the U.S. because an electrical short in the antilock brake system could cause engine compartment fires, the Associated Press reports.

The recall affects certain 2006 Sonatas and 2006 through 2011 Azeras.

Hyundai says in government documents that water can get into the antilock brake module, which can overheat and cause a fire even when the cars are turned off. It was not clear if the cars should be parked outside until repairs are made.

Repairers will need to install a relay in the main electrical box to shut down the antilock brake modules while the cars are turned off. But it was unclear if the fix would solve the problem of electrical shorts while the engines are on.

The recall should begin Feb. 23. Documents show one overheated module in South Korea and one fire in the U.S., but no injuries.

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