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A problem with the twin-clutch automatic transmission could cause a loss of power on the Hyundai i30 N, Santa Fe, Kona N and Sonata N Line.

Hyundai Australia has recalled a total of 8466 cars in two separate recalls – for the 2022-2022 Santa Fe SUV, Kona N SUV, i30 N hatch and sedan, and Sonata N Line sedan – because of a gearbox software fault that could cut engine power.

There are two recall notices but they are for the same fault, with the cars built in different Hyundai factories.

The Hyundai i30 N hot hatch is manufactured in the Czech Republic while the Hyundai i30 Sedan N is built at Ulsan in South Korea.

The largest number of vehicles involved in the recall is the Hyundai Santa Fe family SUV.

“We have had three reported incidents in Australia, but there were no accidents or injuries,” a Hyundai Australia spokesman told Drive.

The recall notices, lodged with the Department of Infrastructure, say: “Due to a programming issue, the ‘fail-safe’ driving mode may not respond as intended when certain transmission faults are detected.

“Under certain driving conditions the vehicle fail-safe mode may activate resulting in reduced acceleration followed by a loss of motive power.

“A loss of motive power while driving at high speed could increase the risk of a crash. This could potentially result in injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.”

Date of recall notice24 January 2023
ModelSanta Fe, Kona N, i30 Sedan N, Sonata N Line
Modeli30 N hatch
Vehicles affected8466 total (7237, 1229)
VIN listClick here and here to download the lists of affected VINs
Contact linkClick here to contact the vehicle manufacturer

A full list of vehicle identification numbers for the 7237 South Korean-built vehicles involved in the recall can be found here, with the 1229 from the Czech Republic here.

“We are contacting owners. It is a software fix, so it should be a reasonably quick job that will take around 20-30 minutes in the workshop,” the Hyundai spokesman said.

Owners can contact Hyundai Australia by clicking here, or contact the car-maker’s customer assistance centre by calling 1800 186306.

Paul Gover

Paul Gover has been a motoring journalist for more than 40 years, working on newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television. A qualified general news journalist and sports reporter, his passion for motoring led him to Wheels, Motor, Car Australia, Which Car and Auto Action magazines. He is a champion racing driver as well as a World Car of the Year judge.

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