Brake Light Issue Prompts Recall of More Than 134,000 Kia Forte Vehicles
The brake lights may stay illuminated, preventing accurate communication to following vehicles
Due to an issue with the brake lights, Kia Motors America has initiated a recall affecting more than 134,000 model year 2012-2014 kia Forte and Forte Koup vehicles.
What's the problem?
On these vehicles, the brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate, allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. This will cause the brake lights to remain illuminated continuously. It can also allow the shift lever to be moved without depressing the brake pedal, or activate the engine management brake pedal override feature.
If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated, preventing accurate communication to following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping.
Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.
What happens next?
Kia will notify owners of the recalled Forte vehicles beginning in late January 2018. Kia dealers will then replace the brake pedal stopper pad on these vehicles, free of charge.
For further details on this recall, contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542—reference recall number SC158.