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Fire hazard leads to recall of nearly 250,000 Hyundai Palisades

The harness may catch fire while 2020-2022 models are parked or being driven

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Hyundai Motor America is recalling 245,030 model year 2020-2022 Palisade vehicles  equipped with a tow hitch harness.

The harness is a length of wire at the back of the vehicle that allows its electrical system to connect to a trailer. It may have been installed as original equipment or purchased as an accessory through a Hyundai dealership.

Here's the problem: If debris and moisture accumulate on the tow hitch harness module's printed circuit board (PCB), there could be an electrical short, which can result in a fire.

According to The Washington Post, the automaker says there have been three fires between January 2020, and July 2022, in the U.S and Canada, but no injuries.

What to do

If you own a Palisade with a towing hitch harness, you should park it outside and away from any structures until the recall repair is complete.

As an interim fix, dealers will inspect the tow hitch module and remove the fuse -- as necessary -- free of charge.

A final remedy is currently under development.

Notification letters to owners should go out in the mail around October 17, 2022.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 235.

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