As far as automotive recalls go, this one doesn’t have the same epic potential for disaster as the others. No call for owner to park outside to keep fire from erupting. There is no dire warning to immediately get away from the vehicle. There’s even no worry of something happening while driving. However, some 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe owners can get behind the wheel only to see their world turned upside down. Sort of, however.
The world won’t be completely turned upside down, but gauges and information about the Santa Fe digital instrument cluster just might. Hyundai says 714 vehicles – 293 hybrids and 421 plug-in hybrid models from the 2022 model year – are potentially affected by this strangest disturbance. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this issue, although Hyundai points to an increased risk of accidents due to an illegible instrument panel. Also, it does not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 101 on speedometers, as it is a bit difficult to read the numbers in reverse.
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According to Hyundai, the problem stems from an improperly fitted resistor to the cluster, and it appears to be triggered in a “very low temperature.” We’re not electricians so we’re not giving an interpretation of why cold resistors project a digital screen that’s rotated 180 degrees. Hyundai also says it won’t happen while the vehicle is on or in motion, so there shouldn’t be any concern about the driver looking down to suddenly find a ridiculous reading where the readable gauge should be.
The fix is very easy. Hyundai will replace the LCD screens in the affected vehicles free of charge. Santa Fe models made between October 25, 2021, and December 1, 2021, will be recalled; customer notifications will start on February 25th although we suspect that if it happened to you, you’d know for sure.