2019-2021 Hyundai Veloster Recall

Urgent recall due to defective engines

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Drivers must know that Hyundai has created an urgent recall covering 2019-2021 Model Year Veloster vehicles due to defective engines.

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What Year Hyundai Veloster are Covered by the Recall?

Hyundai (Hyundai Motor America) recalled 158,493 affected vehicles, including the 2019-2021 Veloster equipped with the 2.0-liter Nu MPI motor. This recall also includes 2019-2020 Elantra cars and 2019-2021 Kona vehicles that are equipped with the same engine. To check if your vehicle is affected, enter the VIN of your car on the NHTSA website.

Previously, Hyundai issued another recall for close to 150,000 2021 Seltos vehicles equipped with this engine. Plus, 2020 and 2021 Kia Soul models were included in that first recall.

Why is there a Hyundai Veloster recall?

All of the affected Hyundai and Kia models were assembled with engines that could have inconsistently heat-treated piston oil rings. When this defect is present, excessive oil consumption occurs. This problem causes a knocking sound and could cause the engine to stall or seize.

A stalling engine poses a safety risk if it occurs at the wrong time. Additionally, when the engine seizes, the connecting rod could puncture the engine block, which would lead to an oil leak and possibly a car fire. In fact, Hyundai has reported five vehicle fires with recalled models but has not said if the incidents were caused by the same defect.

In some cases, you might notice the issue before a major problem occurs. Look for a reduction in power, a dashboard light, engine hesitation, smoke, a knocking noise or burning oil odor. If these problems occur, stop driving the vehicle and have it inspected right away.

What should you do if your Hyundai Veloster is recalled?

In June 2021, Hyundai started telling customers about this issue. Owners affected by this recall were instructed to take the Veloster to a local dealership for a free inspection. During the visit, the technicians will replace the engine control software. With the Piston Ring Noise Sensing System (PNSS) software, problems can be found earlier, before engine damage occurs.

If your Hyundai Veloster has already become the victim of engine damage, the technicians will replace the motor at no expense to you.

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

It’s possible that you receive a recall notice on your Veloster 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.

Was your Veloster turned down for a repair?

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What are your Rights?

Your 2019-2021 Hyundai Veloster might be a lemon. If you are the owner of this defective car, you need to know your rights. Our expert team works hard on all lemon compensation cases to ensure you get everything that’s owed to you. Your legal rights must be enforced, and we are ready to help. Hyundai must pay for all of your legal fees if you have a valid claim, plus you may be able to return the lemon vehicle. Did you know that automakers pay settlements, replace cars and purchase vehicles countless times every year because of defects? With our help, you can move beyond this lemon car claim and get what you deserve.

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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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  • Dawn K

    My car is a 2020 Hyundai Veloster the first week I had the car it stalled out in the middle of traffic for no reason. They said after they looked at it nothing could be explained? I have had the car now gir a year and a half I got the oil changed two months later I’m driving on the highway, my oil light comes on and my car is smoking I immediately get on the side of the road. Now after a month of my car being in a shop waiting for a month no fall from my case manager that I need a new engine! On a brand new car with no reason!

  • Cade

    I have a 2020 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 Premium and around 3,000 miles into it, the engine started knocking and then hyundai issued a recall on the engine. They replaced it for free with no problems after that. Now i have 15,000 miles and about 2 hours ago i heard a slight knock present. Thought it was just the cold weather (-3 degrees F outside) and moved past it. Now 2 hours after that, the knocking is starting to get louder. If it is the same issue as last time then this is ridiculous. I got the car brand new and it already has all these problems.

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