Curt Manufacturing is recalling about 2,400 tow package wiring harnesses because moisture can seep into the converter module and defeat the internal circuit protection. This could potentially cause the module to overheat, leading to a fire hazard.
Sold as an aftermarket product (not through Hyundai), the tow package wiring harnesses connect tow vehicle lighting circuits to trailer lighting circuits for 2009 through 2011 Hyundai Veracruz and Kia Sorento vehicles. The affected units that are not water tight, will have part number 56024.
UPDATE 10/14/2011: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Curt Manufacturing has identified a similar problem with the tow harnesses designed for 2009 to 2011 model year Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs. NHTSA and Curt have expanded the recall to include these models, part number 55538, believed to be installed in approximately 2,254 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles.
The safety recall to notify owners begins this month, and the tow package wiring harness will be replaced for free. Veracruz and Sorento owners who are uncertain the brand of tow gear on their vehicle should check, as it is possible that many consumers did not register their purchase and therefore would be difficult for Curt Manufacturing to reach.
For more information, consumers can call Curt Manufacturing at 715-831-8713, or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236, or visit Safercar.gov.