2019-2021 Hyundai Elantra Recall

Urgent recall due to defective engines

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Consumers should know that Hyundai has issued an urgent recall pertaining to 2019-2020 Model Year Elantra vehicles due to defective engines.

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What Year Hyundai Elantras are Covered by the Recall?

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling 158,493 2019-2021 Elantra cars, equipped with the 2.0L Nu MPI engine. The recall also includes 2019-2021 Veloster and Kona vehicles that are equipped with the 2.0L Nu MPI engine. To see if your car is affected, you can enter the VIN of your vehicle on the NHTSA website.

Hyundai had issued a similar recall previously for nearly 150,000 2021 Seltos models that were equipped with the same engine. Additionally, 2020 and 2021 Kia Souls were also recalled.

Why is there a Hyundai Elantra recall?

The affected models had engines assembled with piston oil rings that were inconsistently heat-treated. With this defect, oil can be consumed in excess, leading to a knocking sound and the potential for the motor to stall or seize completely.

If the engine stalls at the wrong time, it could be extremely dangerous. Plus, a seized engine might lead to a connecting rod puncture through the engine block, which could also cause an oil leak or car fire. There have been reports of five vehicle fires among the recalled models, but Hyundai has not confirmed if they were caused by this defect.

The problem might become noticeable because of a dashboard warning light, reduced power, engine hesitation, burning oil smells, knocking noise or smoke.

What to do if your Hyundai Elantra is recalled?

Hyundai began notifying customers in June 2021 of the recall. Owners are told to take their vehicle to the dealership for a complimentary inspection. At this visit, engine control software will be updated. The Piston Ring Noise Sensing System (PNSS) software is used to monitor for signs of problems.

However, if the Hyundai vehicle has already suffered engine damage, the motor will be replaced at no charge to the customer.

What if you received a Hyundai Elantra recall notice, but there aren’t parts to repair the vehicle?

It’s possible that you receive a recall notice on your Elantra and then learn your dealership does not yet have the parts to fix the issue. This might be because there aren’t enough parts or the car company may not even have the replacement parts designed yet. We’ve be receiving reports that Hyundai does not currently have the parts to make the repairs.

What are your Rights?

It is possible that your 2019, 2020 or 2021 Hyundai Elantra is a lemon. If you own one of them, your rights may be impacted. Allow our experts to work on your lemon compensation at no cost to you. The law requires Hyundai to pay the legal fees for your claim and you might be able to get rid of your lemon car. Every year, automakers buy back, replace and pay cash settlements because of thousands of lemon cars. You just need the right professional working on your side.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Lynn T

    My 2019 Elantra had silver chips in the oil. When the car was brand new it made a slight knocking noise and the power was horrible. I thought it was because the car was cheap. It lasted 87,000 miles. The only reason is because I had the oil changed every 3000 miles. Sometimes the red engine light would flash on but it was so quick, I thought I was seeing things. The dealership replaced my engine recently. The gave me a free rental. When I picked my car up, there was a vibration, I was about to turn around but I thought maybe it’s the new brakes and rotors. Well it’s the air conditioner compressor. This is what worries me. Driving a car with silver chips in the oil must have worn down engine components even though the service technician said it was a coincidence. I told him it never made a noise before. I said I would get a lawyer. If this the game we’re going to play now? If the problem was caused by silver chips in the oil? I don’t want the car. What can I do

  • malachi

    on 12/2/2021 i purchase a hyundai elandra 2020 limited the next 4 day their was a steering problem turning left and right a rubbing noise i take back to dealer and they say that normal and when ever come down to about 15 miles in speed it seem to stall in decreaseing speed, they said everything was ok when they done inspection when it was put on lot for sale when i also went to dealer for oil change they done another inspection and said it needs bearing assy, and just had it less than a month why was that issue not notice with first inspection,

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