Around 1.8 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the U.S. are being recalled to replace a defective switch that can prevent brake lights from illuminating and causing other problems. This is the second significant recall that’s related to the stop lamp switch, after a recall in 2009 of over 500,000 Hyundai units.
When the brake is pressed, the switch is expected to activate the brake lights and turn off the cruise control. In addition, the driver has to depress the brake to use push-button start or shift a car out of park. According to filings submitted by Hyundai and Kia with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the brake lights may not illuminate because of a faulty stop lamp switch.
It can also lead to the cruise control failing to deactivate or the push-button start to work unsteadily. This problem may even prevent a vehicle from shifting out of park. A Hyundai spokesman wrote in an e-mail that a malfunctioning switch doesn’t affect the brake performance of a vehicle.
It’s possible that the defect can be seen in up to 1,059,824 Hyundai models. The models covered in the recall include the 2007 to 2009 Accent and Tucson; the 2007 to 2010 Elantra; the 2007 to 2011 Santa Fe; the 2008 to 2009 Veracruz; the 2010 to 2011 Genesis Coupe; and the 2011 Sonata.
Meanwhile, the Kia models that are covered in the recall are 2007 to 2010 Rondo and Sportage; the 2007 to 2011 Sorento; the 2007 Sedona; the 2010 to 2011 Soul; and the 2011 Optima. It’s possible that up to 623,658 of these models have this defect.
Last week, notices were filed by Hyundai and Kia affiliate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Web site of the NHTSA posted these notices just recently. Owners of the models affected by the recall will start to be notified of this recall in June, as soon as there are enough replacement parts. The stop lamp switch will be replaced by dealerships for free.