Hyundai and Kia are recalling a total of eight vehicle models and more than 122,000 vehicles due to a problem with the high-pressure electric oil pumps in their 8-speed dual-clutch transmissions. The fault could cause the vehicle to go into safe mode and lose traction.

In an email to Carscoops, Hyundai confirmed the report from Car week based on a the document was found on the Internet that it did issue a dealer order to stop selling any new or used vehicles until the problem is resolved in accordance with federal regulations. We’ve reached out to Kia to see if they’ve issued a stop sale order and will update this post once we hear back from them.

The recall affects the automaker’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmissions and vehicles built between 2020 and 2022. Hyundai must recall 53,142 vehicles in the U.S. and 8,719 in Canada, while Kia must recall 69,038 vehicles, although both brands believe the defect will only be found in one percent of vehicles affected by the action.

Models equipped with this transmission are produced in 2021-2022 Hyundai Santa Fe2021-2022 Hyundai Sonata, 2021-2022 Hyundai Veloster N, and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, 2021 Hyundai Elantra N, and 2021 Hyundai Kona N. It also affects the 2021-2022 Kia Sorento and 2021-2023 Kia K5.

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The problem is with the electric oil pump eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which may have an internal fault due to a supplier quality rejection issue. In particular, a component in the pump circuit board may not be sufficiently soldered and may detach.

A malfunction can cause a diagnostic trouble code to appear, alerting the driver to imminent problems. The vehicle will beep and the “stop safely immediately” message will appear on the instrument cluster.

And the warning is legitimate because drivers will only be allowed 20-30 seconds of normal driving before transmission goes into safe mode and disables the drive gears. This will ultimately lead to a loss of propulsion, which can lead to an increased risk of an accident.

As of September 26, 2022, Hyundai was aware of 229 unique incidents from June 2021 to that date. Fortunately, neither nor Kia know of any accidents or injuries related to the defect.

Starting December 9, owners will be contacted by first class mail and asked to return their vehicle to the dealer. There, a technician will inspect the transmission and, if necessary, replace it with a new one that is not affected by the quality deviation of the electric oil pump, at no cost to the owner.