Recall alert: Overheating power outlet prompts Hyundai to recall 272k cars due to fire risk

Recall alert: Power outlet prompts Hyundai to recall 272k cars due to fire risk

DETROIT — Hyundai has issued a recall on some 2011 and 2012 models after reports of fires caused from the cigarette lighter accessory port overheating.

The South Korean carmaker says the problem happens when an air compressor is plugged into the 12-volt accessory port, commonly known as a cigarette lighter, for long periods of time. The recall is to address what the company says are over-tightened power outlets which disabled a fuse.

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The recall covers certain 2011 and 2012 Elantra compacts and Sonata midsize cars, and the 2012 Accent subcompact and Veloster hatchback.

Hyundai has nine reports of fires but no injuries. Seven fires occurred when owners were using compressors that came with the car and two fires began while aftermarket compressors were in use.

The company is asking owners not to use the Hyundai Tire Mobility Kit until the recall is complete, according to Consumer Reports.

Owners will be notified by mail of the recall starting in late August, according to The Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.