Hyundai Motor America is recalling 41,264 2007- and 2008-model year Entourage minivans because the secondary hood latch might remain in the unlatched position after the hood is closed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The problem is tied to corrosion and binding. The minivans at issue were manufactured from Feb. 16, 2006, to June 30, 2008.
“If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash,” NHTSA warned on its website.
Dealers will replace the secondary latch in vehicles originally sold in, or ever registered in, states where road salt use is prevalent and corrosion damage is more likely. These states include Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Also included is the District of Columbia.
For vehicles in any other state, dealers will inspect and either lubricate or replace the secondary latch, as necessary.
There will be no charge for these services. The recall is expected to begin Dec. 9. Vehicle owners can reach Hyundai customer service at (800) 633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 154.