Hyundai, Kia Recall 2013: Over 1.6 million vehicles recalled due to potential lamp problem

By on Apr 4, 2013 in Automobile, United States Comments

Updated: August 15, 2013 8:20 a.m.

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Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. announced a voluntary recall, affecting more than 1.6 million vehicles sold in the United States in three separate recall campaigns, which was posted on the official website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday, April 1, 2013.

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As noted by NHTSA, the Hyundai, Kia recall was made after the two Korean car manufacturers learned that the stop lamp switch of the recalled vehicles may malfunction, causing the brake lights not to illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed, which increases the risk of a crash.

According to the announcement, the malfunctioning of the said lamp switch may also cause an inability to deactivate the vehicle control by depressing the brake pedal. This condition is being feared to result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature.

If this happens, the shifter will be prevented from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the illumination of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction indicator light. Back in 2009, Hyundai also issued a similar recall, where authorized dealers replaced brake light switches of the affected vehicles.

Based on the report at Motor Trends, Hyundai is recalling 1,059,824 vehicles while Kia is recalling 623,658 vehicles, affecting Hyundai models such as the 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2007-2011 Santa Fe, 2008-2009 Veracruz, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and 2011 Sonata vehicles.

For Kia, the recalled vehicles are 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, 2007-2011 Sorento, 2007 Sedona, 2010-2011 Soul, and the 2011 Optima. The NHTSA Hyundai recall campaign number is 110 and SC098 for the Kia recall. Hyundai noted that they will start sending notification this coming June, while May for Kia owners.

Both companies said their authorized dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. For more information, affected owners are being advised to contact Hyundai at-1-800-633-5151 and at-1-800-333-4542 for Kia, or to visit www.safercar.gov.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

Meanwhile, Hyundai is also recalling around 186,254 Elantra vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013, manufactured from November 12, 2010, through March 05, 2013. Support brackets that are attached to the headliner are being feared to be displaced when the side airbags deploy, which may hit a passenger inside the vehicle.


Hyundai Kia Recall 2013 product list
Hyundai Kia Recall 2013 product list (for lamp problem)
Image Credit: NHTSA via Motor Trend


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