Lemberg Law is investigating complaints that the 2022 Hyundai Tucson has serious engine problems. Vehicle owners report that vehicles stop accelerating, shut down suddenly for no reason, and sometimes overheat.
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Is There a Problem with the Engine?
Complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that there are major problems with the engines in the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. There are already 19 complaints in the Engine category filed with the NHTSA. Another four very similar complaints are filed in the Unknown or Other category.
The simplest of all states: “Car died while driving and would not go.”
What Problems are Owners Experiencing with Engines?
Many of the complaints to the NHTSA say that the Tucson slows down suddenly and then shuts down. A lot of them mention that their cars stumble and shake or “constantly stutter” when they find they cannot accelerate. It’s not surprising that some complain about safety issues, especially when driving on highways.
One complaint involves overheating when driving under 80 mph on a flat, straight road in fine weather. It states the dealership says Hyundai is to blame. “The dealership technician determined that the engine overheated and the water pump was severely damaged due to the compressor bolts not being tightened correctly during the manufacturing process at the factory.”
There are also complaints that dealers are swamped with repair requests and so there are lengthy delays.
There are too many complaints to mention them all, but here are a few excerpts from complaints.
Engine Stalling Tucson Complaints
Some complaints say that the engine simply shuts down. For instance, an owner from New York states: “The engine will suddenly turn off several times while driving. There has not been a turn-off at high speeds yet and the engine is turned off while driving at a low speed of approximately 20 to 40 miles.”
An owner from Michigan states that the car suddenly slowed down from 65 to 35 mph on the freeway. This happened four times. The first three times the engine light went off after the vehicle shut down and restarted. The fourth time the repair light came on and stayed on.
Explaining a different scenario, an owner from Florida states that while in a turning lane, a driver swerved in front of the car.
“My car is equipped with auto start-stop and it was on. I slammed on my brakes and the engine turned off. When I tried to restart the car there was a fluttering/grinding noise. Turned off the key and restarted the car. Dangerous in the intersection with a stalled car. At the dealer now but not optimistic.”
An owner from California filed a complaint nine months after buying the car. “The car just stopped in the middle of the road and won’t run. This happened twice on 7/31/22 and 8/17/22. Dealer said on the first incident something fired or something but (the) engine is okay. I am awaiting the diagnosis of this second incident.”
Stating that the car could have been rear-ended, the complaint continues. “This is a safety issue. I want this car to be recalled before something very bad happens. You can recall a car but you cannot recall a loss of life.”
Engine Shakes, Stumbles or Stutters Complaints
An owner from Texas says, “I started my car in the parking garage at work. The engine stuttered slightly but recovered. After I left the garage and accelerated I found that the car would not rev past 3000 rpm. At 3000 rpm the car began to lose power. It would recover when you backed off of the accelerator. This issue continued for the 27-mile trip from work to home. I restarted the car once I reached home and it was okay. I have tried to recreate the issue and it has not happened again. I took the car in for service and (the) Hyundai dealership could not find any issue or recreate the problem.”
An owner from Arizona reports major “shaking with no RPM.” This was after the Engine Control System code had appeared three times, with complete engine loss the third time. While the dealership reset the code the first two times, after that it was undrivable. But the dealership wasn’t able to even look at the vehicle for more than a week.
An owner from New York had stumbling, shaking issues and their dealership wasn’t able to attend to the car for at least 2-3 weeks.The dealership also refused to tow the car for a warranty repair of a 1,000-mile car. The owner was also told that “no loaners or rental could be provided.”
The complaint states that the error message and check engine light didn’t appear at first. Only when “attempting 50-60 bump starts” while trying to get the car off-road because it was a hazard to occupants of the car and other motorists.
Tucson Won’t Accelerate Complaints
An owner from California states that the car wouldn’t accelerate beyond a speed of 20-30 mph. It was an intermittent issue that the dealer wasn’t able to reproduce. “The issue happens after parking overnight, and the issue will go away after restarting the car. No-fault light shows up.”
An owner from Pennsylvania complains that the car loses speed and won’t accelerate when traveling at 50 mph. After waiting a few minutes the vehicle restarts. In this case, the dealer “indicated the system was not showing any malfunction codes and they could not replicate the problem. Claimed to reset the system back to factory settings. Will also be notifying Hyundai via certified letter due to history of engine recalls.”
An owner from Florida states that his 2022 Tucson “has put me and my family at serious risk multiple times. He calls his car a “death box.”
The first incident was when the car would not accelerate and would constantly stutter when he tried to accelerate “causing a truck to almost rear end us.” The next day the vehicle overheated. The complaint says it took the dealership two weeks to return the car but they couldn’t say what was wrong. The problems continue and the complainant advises others not to buy the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.
An owner from Texas states that “When turning left or accelerating from 20 mph there is a really bad hesitation. The car has a hard time accelerating. It didn’t have this problem when we bought it. This poses a safety issue because you really have to give yourself a lot of space or you will get hit for not accelerating. Every other time the car is quick and responsive.”
What Should You Do if Your Hyundai Tucson Has Engine Issues?
Lemberg Law is investigating the many complaints that relate to the 2022 Hyundai Tucson engine. We would like to hear from owners who have experienced problems.
We will evaluate your case for free and you won’t be charged to participate. The law states that the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group must pay all legal bills for lemon law cases. Give us a call or fill out our case evaluation form.