Damage during the manufacturing of the Electronic Stability Control Module of Hyundai i30 models sold between 18 December 2010 and 29 March 2012 has promoted a recall of 37,334 vehicles.
The damage has been caused during assembly, and results in a crack on the casing that may let moisture into the electronic components -- which could lead to short circuit and ESC malfunction.
If the ESC malfunctions, the ESC system (which is part of the ABS system) would not be able to stabilise the vehicle when it is out of control. The malfunction would also "prevent the vehicle from stopping at its optimum designed capability," ACCC has advised.
Basically, the malfunction increases the risk of the vehicle crashing during emergency braking or if the car is out of control. Not ideal, by any means.
Owners of the Hyundai i30 with VIN numbers in the KMHD**1***U113245 to KMHD**1***U395542 range are being notified by letter to return the vehicle to an authorised Hyundai dealership in order to replace the ESC module.