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Hyundai recalls i30

Recalled: Under certain conditions, a cracked casing can let moisture in to the i30 ESC module, potentially causing a problem.

Potential ESC fault prompts Hyundai i30 recall in Australia

9 Mar 2016

HYUNDAI is recalling more than 37,000 examples of its previous-generation i30 small hatchback to replace a potentially faulty component, which under certain circumstances could cause the electronic stability control (ESC) to fail.

In some cases, a problem during the assembly of the ESC module cracked the exterior casing, which can allow moisture into the electronics.

In the event of an ESC module failure or malfunction, the safety system may be unable to recover a loss of traction in adverse conditions or at speed, increasing the likelihood of a crash.

The module is also responsible for the operation of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and a faulty unit could allow the tyres to skid under heavy braking or lighter braking on low-grip surfaces.

Under normal circumstances, a failed stability or ABS system should illuminate a warning light, but the unusual mode of failure may not prompt a notification in this case, and owners should not rely on a warning light to indicate the presence of the problem.

Hyundai is reporting that 37,334 i30s are affected in the recall from vehicles bearing chassis numbers ending in U113245 to U395542, that were sold between December 18, 2010 to March 29, 2012.

Owners of impacted cars will be notified by letter provided the owner's details have been kept up to date.

Once contacted, owners will need to return the i30 to an authorised Hyundai service centre where the ESC module will be replaced at no cost to the customer.

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